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VSEC provides surgical care of the highest standard with experienced, compassionate, board-certified surgery specialists who are trained and accustomed to utilizing the most progressive techniques for each situation.

Surgical Experience and Expertise Matters

If you and your pet have been referred for a surgical consultation, it is because your primary care veterinarian believes your pet can benefit by the additional training and expertise of a board-certified surgeon. VSEC surgeons have performed hundreds of orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, minimally invasive, and neurologic surgeries and have the confidence, skill, and instrumentation to treat nearly any condition. More importantly, your pet will be individually assessed and undergo a thorough examination. Based on the findings, the surgeon will present you with the most appropriate treatment option and assist you in selecting the right course of action for your pet.

Equipped and Ready

We have state-of-the-art surgical suites (built in 2012), sophisticated anesthetic monitoring and ventilation equipment, and advanced diagnostic capabilities including digital radiography, ultrasonography, video endoscopy, fluoroscopy, and computed tomography (CT scan). Post-operative support includes cage-side oxygen delivery for every patient and access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. And every patient receives a customized pain management protocol for maximum comfort and expediting healing.

VSEC Thousand Oaks Jason Balara DACVSCommon orthopedic (musculoskeletal) procedures

Fracture reduction & repair
  • Bone plating
  • External fixation
  • Intramedullary interlocking nails & pinning
Knee/stifle problems & orthopedic procedures
  • Bone tumors – biopsy, removal or amputation
  • Cruciate ligament repairs
  • Elbow abnormalities
  • Hip abnormalities
  • Luxating patella

Common soft tissue/oncologic surgical procedures

Soft tissue/abdominal surgery
  • Gastrointestinal biopsy, disease or obstruction repair
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding) control
  • Liver biopsy, mass & gall bladder surgery
  • Mass biopsy and removal
Soft tissue/urinary and reproductive tract
  • Ectopic ureters
  • Tumor biopsy & removal
  • Uroliths (stone removal)
Soft tissue/endocrine
  • Thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and reproductive tumor resection
Soft tissue/chest (cardio/thoracic) surgery
  • Lung, and heart surgery
Soft tissue/oncologic surgery
  • Biopsy and surgical removal of masses, tumors, and cysts

Minimally invasive procedures

  • Arthroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy

 Neurologic/spinal surgery

  • Caudal cervical myelopathy (‘Wobblers’ syndrome)
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Fracture reduction and stabilization
  • Spinal tumors

Board-certified veterinary surgeons have completed several years of specialized training including an internship and surgical residency after completing veterinary school, followed by rigorous examinations administered by the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS). You will see them referred to as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.