Surgery & Orthopedics


Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center treats a wide variety of orthopedic, soft tissue, 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 of the more exciting and innovative aspects of orthopedic surgery is the ability to perform arthroscopy. Just 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. Treatment of cruciate and meniscal tears as well as elbow dysplasia are commonly performed with arthroscopy allowing for only 2 - 4mm (1/4 inch) skin incisions.

In addition to joint disease, orthopedic surgery also focuses on treatment of fractured bones that are oftentimes a result of trauma. Using specialized bone plates, external fixators, we repair all forelimb, hindlimb and pelvic fractures.

At AVES, we also have the ability to perform total joint replacement surgeries such as total hip replacements (THR) and total elbow replacements (TER.) These advanced procedures are typically performed in severe osteoarthritic patients.

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 car) as well as 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. We even have the capability to perform Minimally Invasive Surgery in select cases. Just as with arthroscopy (see above), we can use small cameras and instruments in chest and abdominal surgeries to perform some surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a surgical technique that causes less pain and promotes faster return to comfort for your pet. During MIS, a veterinarian creates small incisions through the skin. These small incisions allow for access to the surgery site. Through the small incisions, a veterinarian can insert a small camera into 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 the veterinarians to find problems that might otherwise be missed. Additional incisions can be created to allow the surgeon the ability to utilize specialized instruments to perform necessary procedures. The smaller incisions help your pet heal faster and with less pain.


Surgery that involves a small camera and scope being placed into the abdomen. This technique is used in ovariectomies, liver biopsies, and more.

Laparoscopy-Assisted Surgery

Surgery that uses small incisions in the abdominal wall that are between two and three inches to provide easy access to abdominal organs without a fully open approach. Laparoscopy-assisted surgeries include gastropexies, gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), and ovariohysterectomies.


Thoracoscopy is similar to laparoscopy, but it allows for both visualization and manipulation of organs in the chest. This technique is used for lung biopsies and the removal of the pericardium.


Using a camera in joints with small portals allowing for the use of instruments. Arthroscopy is often used useful for treating ACL and meniscus tears.

For additional questions about what surgeries we can perform and how our surgeons can better serve you, please speak to your referring veterinarian or call 512-343-2837 for more information.





“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


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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.