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Veterinarians in practice can do most orthopedic procedures, but a specialist has undergone a concentrated training program in surgery and has passed the rigorous examinations of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. This training and experience refine a specialist’s skills and knowledge to improve the ability to diagnose the problem and perform necessary surgical procedures.

At the NC State Veterinary Hospital, we have access to state-of-the-art support services that provide high-quality radiographic and ultrasonic studies. These may identify problems missed using conventional equipment. The CT scan unit enables us to take slices at every millimeter of our area of interest, providing a very detailed picture. These images can even be reconstructed into 3-dimensional forms to improve our understanding of the anatomy of the problem and assist in planning a surgery.

We also have access to much of the latest surgical equipment available. Current examples include the titanium bone plate system, an Interlocking nail system for dogs, and the most advanced circular fixator system in the country.

Learn about our orthopedic clinical service

The Orthopedic Service at the NC State Veterinary Hospital deals with problems associated with bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Because all of these structures must work together and be healthy for our pets to have a comfortable life, it is important that conditions affecting these tissues be appropriately managed.

Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine