Your Pet's Surgery

SurgeryOur team of veterinarians are highly trained, skilled, and experienced surgeons. Each comes to this profession with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

The members of our staff at both of our Asheville locations understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. This is why we strive to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

We believe it is in the best interest of our clients' pets for us to offer as wide an array of surgical services from our facility as possible. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you both have come to know in order to reduce stress and promote healing.

Soft tissue procedures we offer include but are not limited to:

  • Spays and Neuters
  • Mass removals
  • Cystotomy
  • Enterotomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Laceration repair
  • Stenotic nares correction (nostril widening)
  • Arytenoid lateralization

Orthopedic surgery includes:

  • Fracture pinning/stabilization
  • Cranial cruciate repair with Securos system lateral stabilization
  • Femoral head ostectomy


Anesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are important, integral aspects of every surgery. For this reason, Asheville Veterinary Associates provides the best and most advanced anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols available.

If your pet requires anesthesia, he or she is admitted to the hospital and a complete physical examination is performed by one of our doctors. If blood tests have not recently been performed on your pet, pre-anesthetic blood testing is strongly recommended. These tests are chosen based upon risk factors for your pet and the information is used to identify any pre-existing conditions that may complicate the use of anesthesia.

AnesthesiaAnesthesia is individualized for each pet based upon a number of factors including the type of procedure, pre-existing conditions, blood test values, age, breed and prior anesthetic experience. We limit the amount of anesthesia (without sacrificing pain control) by employing pre-medications, local anesthetics and by using continuous rate infusions of pain medications. Your pet's anesthesia time is also reduced by having a highly trained and organized surgery team, utilizing the most up-to-date instruments that shorten surgery procedure time. By using these techniques, we can cut your pet's anesthesia and surgery time by up to 50 percent.

During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is constantly monitored by a trained veterinary technician using our advanced monitoring system. This system helps us continuously monitor your pet's arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature. Additionally, all pets undergoing surgery receive IV fluids in order to maintain blood pressure, hydration and as a route for immediate administration of emergency medications if ever needed. With our experienced surgeons, technicians and our advanced technology, we try to provide the safest surgery protocol that is possible.

We use both pre-operative and post-operative injectable pain medications, nerve blocks and post-operative oral medications.