Surgery & Orthopedics


Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center treats a wide variety of orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic and neurologic conditions. AVES is staffed by board-certified veterinary surgeons that specialize in state-of-the-art surgical treatment for your pet. We practice progressive medicine while never compromising on care. We are always available to consult with your primary care veterinarian about your pet's diagnosis, treatment and ongoing plan for care.

Orthopedic surgery encompasses a wide range of joint and bone surgery. One more exciting and innovative aspect of orthopedic surgery is the ability to perform arthroscopy. As with people, arthroscopy allows us to visualize your pet’s joints with small cameras. Because of the smaller incision, your pet can go home sooner and be more comfortable. In addition, the high-definition camera gives a better view of the joint than the naked eye so that no abnormalities are missed.

Soft tissue surgery includes a variety of surgical treatments, from foreign body removal to hernia repair to organ biopsies. We work with traumatic wounds (from dog fights to animals hit by a car) and oncologic surgery (including mass removals and amputations). Your pet’s comfort and welfare are always paramount, and we treat each pet as if they were our own.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a surgical technique that causes less pain and promotes a faster recovery for your pet. During MIS, a veterinarian creates small incisions through the skin. These small incisions allow for access to the surgery site. A veterinarian can insert a small camera into an incision through different body cavities, including the abdomen, chest, and joints. Although small incisions give a small working area, veterinarians use a magnified high-definition image that makes the surgery easier. This image also allows veterinarians to find problems that might otherwise be missed.

Our Surgery Capabilities

Soft Tissue & Oncologic

  • Tumor excision (lung, limb, skin, oral, spleen, liver, GI tract, lymph node, bone, joint, nervous system, body wall, urogenital, adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, ear, eye)
  • Removal of foreign bodies
  • Minimally Invasive thorascopic and laparoscopic surgery
  • Exploratory procedures and biopsies - abdominal and thoracic
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Urinary tract procedures
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Skin/body wall reconstruction
  • Mucocele removal (biliary and salivary)
  • Total ear canal ablation and ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Brachycephalic syndrome evaluation and surgical improvement
  • Portosystemic shunt (PSS) attenuation
  • Arytenoid lateralization (“tie-back” for laryngeal paralysis)
  • Thoracic surgery including but not limited to lung lobectomy, mediastinal mass removal and treatment of pneumothorax,
  • Cholecystectomy

Orthopedic & Neurologic

  • Patellar Luxation (MPL/LPL)
  • Double Pelvic Osteotomy (DPO)
  • Fracture repair and treatment
  • Dislocated joints
  • A variety of ACL surgeries, including (TPLO)
  • Treatment of osteochondritis (OCD)
  • Minimally Invasive Arthroscopy
  • Repair of congenital and developmental orthopedic defects
  • Muscle/tendon repair
  • Angular limb deformity correction
  • Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
  • Interverterbral disc disease decompression
  • Vertebral fracture luxation
  • Joint Replacement: Hip, Knee and Elbow
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy





“Dr Cavalcanti did an amputation surgery on our cat for a soft tissue sarcoma. She did an amazing job at removing his leg and wrapping the fur in the best way possible. I felt very comfortable with her from the first time we met. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to but with a very personable manner. She even let us come to visit our cat a few hours after the surgery (and I was very impressed with everything I saw behind the scenes. Very clean and professional. Everyone I interacted with from the front desk to the nurses and technicians was excellent. I hope I never have to have a serious pet surgery again but I would absolutely go to AVES on 2222. And our cat has recovered beautifully!!!”

- Janet O

“Whether I have had to bring one or all of my five dogs into your ER or Oncology clinic, you have been amazing all but one time. I adore the entire oncology department and thank you for saving Gracie Bell's life. Your staff was very caring during the chemo treatment.”

- Cathy

“I recently visited Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center with my 7 year old Chocolate lab Rocky who has elbow arthritis. I was so impressed with the facility and all of the modern advanced diagnostics and treatments that are available. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, and the facilities were immaculate! As a large animal veterinarian, I know the importance of client communication and offering all options to owners which Dr. Kalis did. He was very thorough and treated Rocky’s elbows which provided him so much relief. Rocky is feeling so much better and we are very greatful to Dr. Kalis and the team for making him better. I will surely be referring many people to AVES!”

- Dr. Jolynn


Department Information

Our Surgery & Orthopedics service is open Monday-Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm. Please contact our office at 512-343-2837 for more information or to schedule an appointment.



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Appointment scheduling is available Monday through Saturday during regular business hours by calling 512-343-2837. We recommend speaking to your primary care veterinarian about a referral before making an appointment. We do recommend scheduling as soon as you can as appointments tend to fill up 1-2 weeks in advance.

We recommend that you bring all medications (or a list of those medications) that you pet has been taking. In general, medications do NOT need to be stopped before your appointment. Also, please bring any records (blood work results, x-rays, etc.) that you have from your veterinarian – even if they already sent them over. It is always best to have copies with you in case the information does not make it here prior to your appointment.

We know how hard it can be to be away from your pet. If your pet has to stay in our hospital, you can certainly visit. Our visitation hours are between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call ahead and we will arrange the best time to visit with your pet.







Have an emergency? We are open 24/7/365 for pets requiring immediate assistance.