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Minimal invasive fracture repairThe surgery service at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. was originally established in 1996 by Dr. Mike Edwards, as Alaska Veterinary Surgical Services.  Over the years, our practice has expanded to include physical rehabilitation and veterinary dermatology.  Because of the expansion of services offered, our name was changed to the current Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P. C. also referred to as simply VSOA.  Our surgical service offers state-of-the-art surgical treatment for small animal patients owned by local clients and for clients referred from veterinarians throughout the state of Alaska.  Appointments can be made by calling our office Monday through Thursday 8am-6pm, and Friday 8am-5pm. We can provide transportation from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport for our patients arriving from out of town.
Our surgeons have all successfully completed a one-year rotating internship followed by at least three years of specialized training in small animal surgery at an accredited veterinary teaching hospital in addition to veterinary school.  This means that, in addition to completing standard veterinary training, they have successfully completed a one-year rotating internship followed by at least three years of specialized training in small animal surgery at an accredited university veterinary teaching hospital.  During this period of training, our surgeons all were trained in the latest techniques available in veterinary surgery.  They were also responsible for training veterinary students, for providing continuing education seminars for practicing veterinarians, for performing research and for publishing the results of their research in peer reviewed medical journals.   For further information on the training and requirements for the American College of Veterinary surgeons (ACVS), please refer to their website
The surgeons at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. will provide an accurate diagnosis of your pets’ problem.  We will thoroughly assess your pets’ condition and other relevant factors and will provide you with the most appropriate treatment options.  We utilize state-of-the-art equipment to perform general, orthopedic, neurologic, and minimally invasive surgical procedures. We aim to provide the highest level of care for your pet, while keeping you and your regular veterinarian updated and informed at all times. Pre-operative diagnostics available for patients include radiography, myelography, fluoroscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, urethroscopy, and ultrasonography. Clinical pathological tests (blood chemistry, hematology, urine analysis, cytological testing, and tissue histopathology) are carried out through an independent service. Results of these tests are typically available within 24 hours. Our surgical facility includes a treatment area, an anesthetic induction area, two sterile surgical suites, and a well equipped recovery unit. Surgical procedures performed at Veterinary Specialists, P.C cover a large field, and include among others total hip replacement, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy,  bone fracture repair, knee surgery, and surgery on other joints, tracheal collapse surgery, tumor removal, portosystemic shunt surgery, ear canal ablation, treatment of complicated wounds, surgery for herniated intervertebral discs, fractures of the backbone and more. You can find additional information on surgical procedures commonly performed in our clinic in our website’s “Educational Library for Pet-Owners”. Animals that need post-operative care and monitoring around the clock are transported by specially trained personnel to an emergency/critical care hospital in town. Throughout the stay of your pet at our clinic and during any follow-up, we work closely with your pet’s primary care veterinarian to offer you the highest quality of surgical care possible for your pet.
We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care. Our goal is that ultimately, both you and your pet will benefit from our expertise, specialized training and state of the art equipment.  We also have an extensive network of connections with specialists in other fields.  This enables us to assist you in obtaining the very best care for your pet, even if we cannot provide it ourselves. We would be delighted to work with you and your pet. For directions or more information, please contact us at any time.

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