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 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

“If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy dog in it.”

Norman Rockwell, artist

“Lovely place and friendly staff! My little old lady is more active than ever!”

Filipa, Hadley

“Thank you so much for the love and care you give to the animals and the humans of our family.”

Beth, Northampton

“We are so grateful for all of the hard work you do! Thanks so much for being the best!”

Pete and Luke, Greenfield