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.

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

Beth, Northampton

“From our first visit to the last, we had an overwhelming great experience. The front end staff is super knowledgeable and welcoming. Dr. Thomson and his team are wonderful. I just felt Charlie was in the best care possible!”

Erica, Springfield

“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

“Okay, alright, we admit it — we all like coming to the vet, not just Charlie.”

Chris, Tammy, Charlie & Tom, Leverett

“You all were kind, patient, and understanding of my fear and high level of anxiety throughout the process. I never felt rushed or dismissed at any question I had. Please know the wonderful impact you have in the world.”

Lilly and Lisa, Wilbraham