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.

“We’ve been bringing our Great Pyrenees to Riverbend since he was 8 wks old. Doctors, staff, reception … all professional, caring, and a wealth of knowledge and experience! Thanks everybody!”

Dave and Deb, Belchertown

“No matter how long you have your pet, it is never long enough. A million thanks for all for the great care. You went above and beyond.”

Adele & George, Enfield

“Thank you to everyone at Riverbend for your help and support with Electric over the past few years. We feel so fortunate to have such a great vet!”

Ellie, Sunderland

“I heard you tell my person how hard you worked to make me feel better. I’m proud to be your patient!”

Kisses & wags from "Gracie", Hadley

“We feel privileged to have Micah in your capable and caring hands. We look forward to a long, long, long, healthy life with Micah.”

Maggie and Elizabeth, Northampton