What is a Veterinary Surgeon?

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/.

The American Board of Veterinary Specialists recognizes the following specialties:

Veterinary Surgeon

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

VSCP has been providing expert and advanced surgical care since 2000.  We are the oldest privately owned surgical referral practice in Portland.  Our 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.

These are the most common procedures performed by the surgeons at VSCP:Veterinary Surgeon

Common Orthopedic Surgeries

  • 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. Kiefer only
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
  • Fracture/Luxation reconstruction
  • Developmental abnormalities, limb lengthening
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Arthrodesis (Joint Fusion)


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

Soft Tissue Surgeries

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

Oncology Surgeries

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