May 05, 2021 4:31 PM

ATTENTION, PLEASE SHARE WIDELY: beginning Wednesday, May 5, the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only be able to admit patients that our clinicians consider unstable or to have a life-threatening condition. Please visit the Hospital's website for more information:


Who we are: The Soft Tissue Surgery Service consists of a highly trained team of faculty (board-certified specialists), surgery residents, interns, surgical fellows, and senior students. Also part of this team are six dedicated Operating Room Technicians and two STS Service Technicians, all licensed and experienced veterinary technicians. We also consult and work closely with the other Services at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center to provide you and your pet with the best service possible.

“Offering traditional, minimally invasive, and innovative surgical procedures allows us to deliver the optimum care for all our patients, whether their condition is routine or unique.”

– Bryden J. Stanley, BVMS, MACVSc, MVetSc, DACVS
Associate Professor

Patients typically visit the Soft Tissue Surgery Service for:

  • Surgical oncology
  • Advanced airway surgery
  • Trauma and emergency surgery
  • Management of portosystemic shunts and vascular anomalies
  • Surgical management of urinary incontinence
  • Preventative and routine surgeries
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Microvascular and advanced urinary surgery
  • Wound management and advanced reconstructive procedures

What we do: The team undertakes many different types of surgery, including large tumor removal, advanced airway surgery, all types of hernias, major intestinal and abdominal procedures, attenuation of portosystemic shunts and other vascular anomalies, repair of congenital defects, such as cleft palates, all types of urinary surgeries, extensive wound management, skin flaps, and free skin grafting.

We perform a number of procedures thoracoscopically and laparoscopically, through 1-3 very small incisions. These procedures are usually routine spays, removal of retained testes, gastropexies, liver biopsies, and removal of the gall bladder.

We also run a busy emergency surgery service, with surgery residents and faculty on call at all times.

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons is the specialty board that sets the standards in veterinary surgery. Their website describes what a veterinary surgeon is and provides information on various small and large animal surgical diseases.

Soft Tissue Surgery works closely with both the Emergency Care and Critical Medicine service to provide 24-hour surgical care for emergency patients and other services including Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Dermatology, and Primary Care to provide comprehensive, team-based care for our patients.

Soft Tissue Surgery is also supported by the on-site Diagnostic Imaging service, with capabilities including ultrasound, radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, nuclear medicine, and MRI, and comprehensive Clinical Pathology and Diagnostic Laboratory services.

Patients undergoing surgical procedures at MSU VMC also benefit from the oversight of board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists. Not only do these doctors help to provide the safest anesthesia for the patients that we care for, they work with surgical services to provide cutting-edge pain management to ensure comfortable recoveries.