Surgical Referrals

Surgical Services

Surgical Services

The following is a list of more commonly performed
procedures (but not limited to):

Orthopedic surgery:

  • TPLO (cruciate ligament rupture surgery)
  • Medial and lateral patellar luxation stabilization
  • Extracapsular suture repair
  • Fracture repair
  • Femoral head and neck excision (FHO)

Soft tissue surgery:

  • Oncologic surgery (mass removal)
  • Exploratory laparotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Cystotomy and other urogenital surgeries
  • Brachycephalic surgery
  • Limb Amputation
  • Tail amputation
  • Perineal urethrostomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Anal sacculectomy
  • Wound explore
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Many other surgical procedures

Information on surgical conditions:

  • Link to the ACVS for more information on
    surgical conditions



  • Dr. Swayne will meet with your client to examine
    the patient, discuss treatment options and set out a
    thorough diagnostic and treatment plan prior to
    performing surgery.
  • Following surgery or the initial consultation,
    Dr. Swayne is available to review recheck
    radiographs, discuss results (ie. Cytology and
    histopathology) and help guide the management
    of the patient.

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Radiograph Review

  • Dr. Swayne is available to assess your patient’s
    radiographs at no charge.
  • These can be submitted via email to
  • Please give at least 24 hours for a response, unless
    the case is an emergency. If you require a faster
    response please indicate in the subject that it is
    an emergency.
  • Please feel free to submit them and be sure to
    include a complete, concise medical history
    including signalment.

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Postoperative care and

  • Referring veterinarians will be involved in the
    postoperative re-examination of surgical patients.
    Discharge instructions will be provided by GHVS for
    your medical records and for the pet owner.
    You are encouraged to send progress reports and
    recheck radiographs to Dr. Swayne and she will help
    you guide the postoperative care and treatment plan.
  • Recheck examinations can be scheduled with
    Dr. Swayne.
  • Rehabilitation is an essential aspect of the recovery
    of a pet from orthopedic surgery. Recommendations
    as to where this can be performed will also
    be provided.

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Burlington Veterinary
Emergency and Referral

  • Dr. Swayne will be scheduling consultations and
    surgeries at the new BVERH.
  • BVERH provides the option for more complex cases
    to have 24 hour hospitalization and postoperative
  • This service will also help minimize the need for
    transportation of trauma patients to and from the
    family practice and emergency clinic.
  • Link to BVERH website
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Northern Ontario Surgical

  • Dr. Swayne travels to Walden Animal Hospital once
    every 1-2 mths (weather dependent in the winter)
    to perform surgical consultations and elective
    surgical procedures. Your primary care veterinarian
    can contact both Dr. Swayne to discuss the case
    and the Walden Animal Hospital to schedule a
    consultation +/- surgery for the next weekend
    Dr. Swayne will be in Sudbury.

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Continuing Education

  • Lectures for you and your staff can be scheduled
    with Dr. Swayne and Jenny Gibbons RVT, VTS (anes).
  • If there are specific topics you wish to hear more
    about please feel free to ask us.

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