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Elizabeth Rawson, DVM,
MS, DACVS, CCRT
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Our surgeons are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS.)
The term "ACVS Diplomate" refers to a veterinarian who has been board certified in veterinary surgery. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.
Veterinarians wishing to become board certified must complete a three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published. This process is supervised by the ACVS board, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate. A wide variety of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures are performed by the surgeons at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. While under general anesthesia, your pet is closely monitored by our veterinary nursing staff including ECG to monitor heart rate and rhythm, respiration rate, blood pressure, oxygen level, and pulse quality similar to what you would expect in a human hospital. Ventilators are used to control respiration under anesthesia. Intravenous fluid therapy and other medications are given as needed throughout the procedure. After surgery, close monitoring of vital signs continues in our intensive care unit until complete recovery from anesthesia. Pain medications are used to keep your pet comfortable. Our surgeons collaborate with the other specialists at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in oncology, internal medicine, and cardiology, to provide complete, overall care of your patients. In-house diagnostic techniques including digital radiography, fluoroscopy (real time radiology), ultrasound, and scoping equipment allow us to perform any necessary procedures to help our patients. Minimally invasive techniques (thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, and fluoroscopy) are utilized when possible to increase visualization and to decrease recovery time and postoperative pain.
Regular appointments and scheduled surgeries are available Monday - Saturday
Emergency surgery coverage is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by a surgical specialist.
Soft Tissue Surgery Includes:
- Thoracic surgery: removal of lung tumors, diseased pericardial sacs (lining around the heart), biopsies for diagnosing thoracic disease, and traumatic wounds.
- Laryngeal paralysis surgery
- Abdominal surgery: removal of foreign material from the gastrointestinal tract, removal of stones from the bladder and upper urinary tract, correction of liver shunts and other liver and biliary surgery.
- Oncologic surgery: removal of tumors located anywhere inside or on the body.
Orthopedic Surgery Includes:
- Fracture repairs
- Bone plating, locking plates, external fixation (including ring fixates, closed repairs using fluoroscopy), angular limb deformities.
- Ligament and tendon repairs
- Procedures to address torn cranial cruciate ligaments including TPLO, extra capsular repair using lateral sutures, and TTA (see detailed descriptions of these procedures under cranial cruciate disease).