Skilled, Compassionate, Specialist care

Your pet will require the services of an orthopaedic surgeon if it has an orthopaedic problem which, due to its complex, protracted or difficult nature, requires specialist equipment or expertise for diagnosis or management. Your veterinarian will have assessed your pet's condition and probably suggested that referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon is indicated. Referral of a difficult orthopaedic case demonstrates your veterinarian's concern for your pet's welfare and their ability to identify conditions which will benefit from specialised diagnoses and treatments. VetSOS offers a caring, personalised service in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have modern, well-equiped, imaging and surgical facilities staffed by a highly-trained and experienced team.

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Our Services

VetSOS' Specialist Surgeons are all members of the New Zealand Institute of Surgical Veterinary Specialists (NZISVS).

We offer a wide range of diagnostics and treatments for complex orthopaedic, neurologic and soft tissue surgeries in cats and dogs.

Orthopaedics
Orthopaedics is a branch of surgery requiring expertise in the treatment of diseases or injuries of bone, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and the spine. We provide a full range of Orthopaedic services and surgery, including but not limited to:
  • Lameness diagnosis and treatments
  • TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) - for treatment of Canine Cruciate Rupture/ Disease
  • Luxating Patella Correction
  • Fracture and Dislocation Fixations
  • Angular Limb Deformity Correction
  • Arthroscopy and treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) and Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP)
  • Joint Arthrodesis
  • Total Hip Replacement
Neurology
  • Full Neurological Examinations
  • Access to Advanced Imaging - CT & MRI
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Stabilisation of Spinal Fractures
Soft Tissue
We perform a wide range of soft tissue surgeries, including but not limited to:
  • TECA/TECABO - Total Ear Canal Ablation/ Bulla Osteotomy
  • Brachycephalic Airway Surgeries
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Mass Removals
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Perineal Hernia repair
Imaging
  • Digital X-ray Technology
  • Ultrasound
  • Access to Advanced Imaging - CT & MRI

Our Team

Dr Warrick Bruce
Specialist Surgeon - Orthopaedics
Donna Horton
Head Vet Nurse/ Team Leader
Rachelle Gee
Surgical Vet Nurse
Tegan Redshaw
Surgical Vet Nurse

FAQ

What is a veterinary specialist?
Qualified veterinarians may elect to pursue careers within particular specialist fields, similar to those in human medicine. A veterinary specialist has undertaken lengthy post-graduate study and gained in-depth practical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions for a given discipline. To be eligible to register as a veterinary specialist, rigorous and stringent criteria must be met in terms of clinical expertise, training programs, the publication of original material, and success in examinations leading to specialist qualifications. One of the disciplines that veterinarians can specialise in is surgery. Orthopaedics is a branch of surgery requiring expertise in the treatment of diseases or injuries of bone, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and the spine. Dr Warrick is a registered veterinary specialist in small animal orthopaedic surgery including spinal surgery.
Why visit VetSOS?
Your pet will require the services of an orthopaedic surgeon if it has an orthopaedic problem which, due to its complex, protracted or difficult nature, requires specialist equipment or expertise for diagnosis or management. Your veterinarian will have assessed your pet’s condition and probably suggested that referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon is indicated. Referral of a difficult orthopaedic case demonstrates your veterinarian’s concern for your pet’s welfare and their ability to identify conditions which will benefit from specialised diagnoses and treatments. VetSOS offers a caring, personalised service in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have modern, well-equiped, imaging and surgical facilities staffed by a highly-trained and experienced team.
What do you need to bring?
Please bring your referral veterinarians name and details, a copy of your pet’s medical records, associated radiographs, and any medications your pet is presently receiving.
What can you expect?
Initially all relevant records, including radiographs taken by your referring veterinarian, will be reviewed. This is followed by a careful examination of your pet. Consultation times can vary but generally they are approximately 40 minutes in duration. Should further diagnostic tests be advisable, they will be discussed at this point. Once a diagnosis is made, the pros and cons of available treatment options will be discussed prior to a collective decision being made on the best course of action for your pet’s problem. Following treatment, a report will be made promptly to your referring veterinarian to keep them fully informed on how your pet’s condition has been managed.
Where to from here?
Our aim is to return you and your pet back to the care of your referring veterinarian as soon as it is safe to do so, usually within a day or two of surgery. However, some patients, due to the nature of their problem might require more prolonged hospitalisation. Your veterinarian will be involved in the aftercare of your pet. We recognise this is often more convenient for yourselves and your veterinarian is more familiar to your pet.

Contact Us

Patients are seen by referral appointment only. Please telephone us directly so we can accommodate your needs.