What is a Veterinary Surgeon

The American Board of Veterinary Specialists recognizes the following specialties:


  • Surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Dentistry
  • Behavior
  • Theriogenology (Reproduction)
  • Preventative Medicine

All veterinarians are licensed to perform surgery.  A veterinary surgeon has completed an internship (at least 1 year), a 3-year residency, completed research and publication requirements, and passed an extensive exam.  Please visit the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for more information at https://www.acvs.org/.

VSCP has been providing expert and advanced surgical care since 2000.  We are the oldest privately owned surgical referral practice in Portland.  Our 3 board certified surgeons are equipped with the latest technology and supported by an experienced and highly trained specialty staff.  Our team will work with you and your veterinarian to restore your pet’s health and quality of life.

Most Common Surgeries performed at VSCP

Common Orthopedic Procedures

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair
    • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
    • Extracapsular Stabilization
      • (Lateral Suture & Tight Rope)
  • Patella (knee cap) Luxation Medial (MPL) or Lateral (LPL)
  • Total Hip Replacement (THR) ~ Drs. Munjar & Lauer only
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
  • Fracture/Luxation reconstruction
  • Developmental abnormalities, limb lengthening
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Arthrodesis (Joint Fusion)
  • Partial Elbow Replacement (Cue System)


  • Joint Exploration
  • Osteochondrosis OCD (Shoulder, Elbow, Hock, Stifle)
  • Fragmented Cornoid Processes/Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cruciate Ligament Tears
  • Meniscal Injuries

Soft Tissue

  • Wound/Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Airway Repair (Nares, Soft Palate Reduction)
  • Liver Shunt Repair
  • Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)
  • Abdominal Exploratory Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


  •  Biopsy
  • Tumor/Mass Removal
  • Tumor Debulking
  • Pallative Surgery
  • Amputation