SURGERY

AVAILABLE IN TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS

VSA SYLVIA PARK HOSPITAL

VSA MT ALBERT HOSPITAL

ADVANCED VETERINARY CARE

Veterinary Specialists Auckland Surgery has a team of six surgeons operating from two specialist hospitals – Sylvia Park and Mt Albert, both in Auckland. A complete surgery service is offered in all areas at both hospitals: orthopaedic, neurologic, oncologic and soft tissue. Our surgery team works closely with referring veterinarians to diagnose and treat complex surgery conditions in dogs and cats.  We like to think of ourselves as an extension of the primary veterinarian’s practice.  Our case load is broad and challenging in many cases.

New and innovative procedures are constantly being introduced to our treatment protocols as meaningful objective data becomes available through research and peer reviewed literature.  Our objective is to achieve optimal outcomes for our patients.

Check out our video for an introduction to the VSA Surgery team and an insight into our technology and facilities.

Focused expertise in surgery

One of the many benefits of size is that our team can now also offer more focused expertise in certain areas so that optimal care is provided. For example:

  • Brain surgery – Dr Richard Jerram and Dr Kyle Clark plus the Veterinary Specialists Imaging team.
  • Hip replacement – Dr Alex Walker, Dr Alastair Coomer and Dr Damian Chase
  • Minimally invasive surgery – Thoracoscopy and laparoscopy – Dr Kyle Clark
  • Arthroscopy – Dr Damian Chase
  • Urinary tract surgery and hydraulic sphincter placement – Dr Alastair Coomer
  • Reconstructive surgery – Dr Alex Walker


MEET THE VSA SURGERY TEAM

DR ALEX WALKER

Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery alex.walker@vsnz.co.nz
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Dr Alex Walker

Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
alex.walker@vsnz.co.nz

DR RICHARD JERRAM

Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery richard.jerram@vsnz.co.nz
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Dr Richard Jerram

Clinical Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
richard.jerram@vsnz.co.nz

DR ALASTAIR COOMER

Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery alastair.coomer@vsnz.co.nz
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Dr Alastair Coomer

Managing Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
alastair.coomer@vsnz.co.nz

DR KYLE CLARK

Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery (On Maternity Leave)
kyle.clark@vsnz.co.nz
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Dr Kyle Clark

Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery (On Maternity Leave)
kyle.clark@vsnz.co.nz

DR DAMIAN CHASE

Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
damian.chase@vsnz.co.nz
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Dr Damian Chase

Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
damian.chase@vsnz.co.nz

DR APARNA TIKEKAR

Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
aparna.tikekar@vsnz.co.nz
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Dr Aparna Tikekar

Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
aparna.tikekar@vsnz.co.nz

SURGERY CASE STUDIES

ELBOW DYSPLASIA
IN DOGS

The most common cause of front leg lameness in dogs is developmental problems of the elbow joint. This disease leads to degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) in the joint including cartilage damage, bone spur (osteophyte) production, and loose bone fragments.

CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISK DISEASE

The most common cause of neck pain in the dog is injury to the spinal cord from a slipped (ruptured) disk in the neck. This injury can cause permanent problems with normal activity. Generally, urgent treatment is required to reduce the risk of permanent disability.

TIBIAL PLATEAU LEVELING OSTEOTOMY

The most common cause of hind leg lameness in the dog is injury to the cranial cruciate ligament of the knee (stifle). This injury leads to degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) in the joint including cartilage damage, bone spur (osteophyte) production, and cartilage pad (meniscal) injury.​

HIP DYSPLASIA
IN DOGS

One of the most common causes of hind leg lameness in the dog is developmental problems of the hip joint. This diseases leads to degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) in the joint including cartilage damage, bone spur (osteophyte) production, and loose bone fragments.

SHOULDER LAMENESS
IN DOGS

Several of the most common causes of front leg lameness in the dog are problems involving the shoulder joint. These problems can be difficult to diagnose and complete recovery can take several months.

THORACOLUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISK DISEASE

The most common cause of hind leg paralysis in the dog is injury to the spinal cord from a slipped (ruptured) disk in the spine. This injury can cause permanent problems with normal activity and urination. Generally, urgent treatment is required to reduce the risk of permanent disability.

LUMBOSACRAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISK DISEASE

One of the most common causes of lower back pain in the dog is injury to the spinal cord from a slipped (ruptured) disk in the spine. This injury can cause permanent problems with normal activity and urination. Generally, urgent treatment is required to reduce the risk of permanent disability.

PATELLA LUXATION
IN DOGS

One of the most common causes of hind leg lameness in the dog is instability of the kneecap (patella). Sometimes, this instability can lead to degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) in the joint including cartilage damage, bone spur (osteophyte) production, and cruciate ligament injury.

LARYNGEAL
PARALYSIS

The most common cause of breathing difficulties in older dogs in a condition called laryngeal paralysis. This condition typically affects older dogs (>8 years of age) and seems to be more common in Labrador Retrievers and their cross breeds.

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