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.

“Barney could not have had better care or felt more love than he did with his visits to see his friends at Riverbend. He always got the royal treatment!”

Candy and Jim, Springfield

“You all show great concern, going above and beyond. Great to see there are such caring people out there.”

Candice, South Hadley

“Georgie transitioned out of this life in a room full of love and compassion befitting how loved she was for the past 21 years.”

Alison & Kat, Florence

“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

“Thank you for providing Gus with excellent service and attention over the past year. All of you have been extremely kind, patient and knowledgeable. Truly appreciated!”

Cori, West Springfield