- About the VMC
- Pet Owners
- Farm Animal Owners
- Horse Owners
- Clinical Trials Office
The Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center provides general surgical care for companion animals. The unit offers specialized surgical management of skin and organ diseases (orthopedic and neurological diseases are managed by other services), In addition, specialists primarily manage and supervise elective surgical procedures performed by senior students, interns, and residents.
- Board-certified specialists in soft tissue surgery
- Special urological surgery
- Oncologic (cancer) surgery
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Thorascopic surgery
- Laser surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Ear, nose, and throat surgery
The Soft Tissue Surgery Service is often recruiting patients for a number of studies for which your pet may be eligible. If you have any questions regarding your pet's eligibility, please contact the Clinical Trials Office (cvm-clinicaltrials [at] osu [dot] edu), our current trials include:
Effect of Prewarming on Perioperative Hypothermia in Small and Toy-breed Dogs: The purpose of this study is to determine and compare the effects of warming small dogs prior to anesthesia (termed prewarming) with small dogs that are not warmed prior to surgery.
Validation of a chemiluminescent parathyroid hormone assay and intraoperative and postoperative chemiluminescent parathyroid hormone monitoring in dogs undergoing parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism: The purpose of this study is to evaluate a rapid chemiluminescent test that measures parathyroid hormone, PTH. Our goal is to validate this rapid point of care assay to improve cure rates in canine patients undergoing parathyroidectomy for PHPTH and with postoperative monitoring determine patients that are at a higher risk of developing hypocalcemia, establishing guidelines for calcium supplementation in dogs.
The use of the Harmonic Aries Blade in clinical canine patients undergoing spinal surgery – Blinded, randomized clinical trial in dogs: The purpose of this clinical trial is to establish the effectiveness and safety of the Harmonic Aries Blade (Ethicon Inc.) in dogs with spontaneous disk disease requiring decompressive surgery.
Appointments & Office Hours
- Office hours: 8am – 5pm Monday - Friday
- Patient visits by appointment only.
- For an appointment: (614) 292-3551
- After hour emergencies: (614) 292-3551
What to Expect
One of our senior veterinary students will take a complete patient history, and give your pet an initial thorough physical examination under the supervision of a board certified surgeon and resident. You will be asked to return to the lobby during the physical examination and while your pet’s management plan is being discussed with the student. Please understand that this is a teaching hospital and it takes generally 30 minutes to thoroughly discuss your pets surgical care. Once this plan is designed, the surgical specialist or resident will speak with you about the diagnostic plan, and surgical treatment options. Please allow 1-2 hours for the intial examination if your pet is a new patient to our hospital.
Special Equipment & Technology
- CO2 laser
- Laparoscopic and thorascopic equipment
- Intraoperative imaging studies
- Operating microscope
- CT scan
- High resolution ultrasound
- Rhinoscopy, urethroscopy