Surgical Services

Dr. David Thomson covers the surgical needs of all Riverbend Animal Hospital patients. A team of three talented, highly trained, and dedicated anesthesia/surgery technicians assists him.

Our surgery department is one of the most advanced in western Mass, with state-of-the-art monitoring devices and surgical equipment. Even more important, we take pride in our thorough pre-operative screening, careful intra-operative anesthetic monitoring, and full peri-operative and post-operative pain management. In addition, we now offer rehabilitation services with our CCRP-certified therapist.

We perform all types of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery for animals, except those requiring 24-hour intensive care post-op. In those instances, we refer clients directly to an emergency veterinary facility or university hospital.

Through the surgical referral service at Riverbend Animal Hospital, Dr. Thomson consults and performs surgery for over 50 animal hospitals in western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, southern Vermont and eastern New York. Cats and dogs from these hospitals are referred here by their own veterinarians. Their surgery is performed at Riverbend, and all post-surgical follow-ups take place here as well. Once recovered, however, the animal returns to its referring hospital for all future care. No animal or client referred to Riverbend remains here after the problem for which the animal was originally referred is resolved.

“I want you to know how much I appreciated everything you did for Scooter. You gave him a better quality of life for his last 2 years and I will be forever grateful.”

Cynthia, Longmeadow

“Over and over again you have been available to us when our furry family members have had serious problems. It is always easier dealing with those tough times because of your love, caring, and compassionate ways.”

Ann and Peter, Longmeadow

“Thanks so much for taking such great care of Bearcat when he had his teeth out. He is now back to his high-jumping sweet self.”

Margot and Bri, Northampton

“The communication, education and attention given to the pet owners before, during and after the surgery is so appreciated by our family.”

Lee Ann, Union, CT

“A gentle acknowledgement of the kindness in your practice. The greeting Leo got yesterday brings tears of happiness to my eyes as I write.”

Tammy and Chris, Leverett