Specialist Animal Surgery Services

Our surgeons, Dr. Ryan Taggart and Dr. Andrew Dunn, offer a wide variety of surgical services spread across orthopaedics, neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery.

Some pet and animal surgery services include:

  • Fracture repair
  • Investigation of lameness
  • Management of joint injury including reconstruction
  • Stabilisation
  • Replacement and arthrodesis
  • Management of developmental orthopaedic disease
  • Management of ligament
  • Tendon and muscular conditions

Both  Dr. Ryan Taggart and Dr. Andrew Dunn completed an additional 3-4years of focused training in surgery after completing veterinary school, similar to human specialist surgical training. This allows them to offer the highest level of competence and expertise in South Australia.

To begin your referral process, please complete the online vet referral form or download and submit either by email or fax.

What is a cruciate repair?

While trained and expert in several techniques to address cranial cruciate ligament rupture, Drs. Dunn and Taggart most often use Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) as the current evidence would suggest this procedure allows for the most consistent and successful results treating cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

When the cranial cruciate ligament is torn, surgical stabilisation of the knee joint is often required. Surgery is generally recommended as soon as possible to reduce permanent and irreversible joint damage as well as to relieve any pain the patient might feel.

What is minimally invasive surgery or keyhole surgery?

Minimally invasive or keyhole surgery is a procedure that limits the size of incisions needed, which benefits the wound healing time, associated pain and risk of infection. It is also known as laparoscopic surgery when used to operate on the abdomen and thoracoscopic surgery when used on the chest area.

Our team at AVSARC can perform joint and cavity procedures including arthroscopy, thoracoscopic, and laparoscopic-assisted surgical procedures; image-guided (real-time x-ray) minimally invasive fracture repair; image-guided (real-time x-ray) stent placement.

What is neurology and neurosurgery?

Neurology is the medical speciality focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the brain and nervous system, as well as the spinal cord, blood vessels, muscles, and nerves.

AVSARC provides a full range of neurosurgery procedures that can be performed including management of spinal fractures/instabilities, intervertebral disc disease and spinal and brain tumours, also investigations of neurologic disease and surgical treatment when required.

What type of cancer can be treated with surgery?

Surgical oncology is a cancer care field that focuses on using surgery to diagnose, stage and treat cancer. For large and/or invasive tumours including cosmetic and functional, our team will repair using advanced reconstructive surgery where required and skin flaps and grafts.

What is soft tissue surgery?

Soft tissue surgery is can be split up into routine and advanced. Advanced soft tissue surgery falls into orthopaedic surgery, surgery on the bones, joints or associated tendons or ligaments. All surgical procedures that do not fall under the remit of orthopaedic surgery are routine. These consist of ear, nose and throat, cardiothoracic, hepatic, gastrointestinal, urogenital, skin reconstructive and oncological surgeries.

Total joint replacement

When joints are damaged, this surgical procedure is performed to replace it with a prosthetic implant, which is typically metal, plastic or ceramic. The implants are designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

At AVSARC, we offer a total hip replacement (Biomedtrix) and partial elbow replacement.