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Vet Surgery at AREN

At the Animal Referral Network, we offer a comprehensive range of surgical solutions for dogs and cats, including orthopaedic, soft tissue, trauma, reconstructive and neurological surgery across our network. Led by our surgical specialists, we take a considered approach to surgery and will provide a thorough plan to help ensure the best result for your pet.

Surgical procedures we cover

Common surgical procedures provided by the surgeons at our Animal Referral Network include:

  • Stifle (knee) stabilisation procedures for cruciate ligament insufficiency
  • Fracture repair
  • Limb deformity correction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Abdominal and thoracic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Hemilaminectomy and ventral slot procedures for intervertebral disc disease
  • Spinal stabilisation for vertebral fracture/luxation.

Surgical Equipment

At the Animal Referral Network, we are fully equipped with the most up-to-date surgical equipment and implants, including:

  • Standard and locking, titanium and stainless-steel plates for fracture repair
  • Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical equipment for arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy
  • External fixation implants for limb deformity correction and fracture repair
  • Ureteral stents and bypass implants for ureteral obstruction
  • Bipolar vessel-sealing technology for ligation
  • Stapling devices for organ removal

Most of our sites have in-house access to MRI, CT, digital radiography and ultrasound for advanced diagnostic imaging.

Our veterinary surgical teams

Our specialist veterinary surgeons are assisted by a highly qualified support team. The integration of surgery with internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care ensures a seamless approach to your pet’s care. Exemplary post-operative pain relief and care for surgical patients is provided by our 24-hour hospitals and intensive care units.


Our specialists are happy to discuss, either by phone or email, the diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians, including a radiographic appraisal of any case.


Our veterinary surgical specialists at ARN will work closely with your regular vet to ensure your pet receives the best treatment and recovery protocol. We also have specialists in many other veterinary fields – internal medicine, oncology, diagnostic imaging, critical care, dermatology, neurology and behaviour – we can call upon for advice to ensure your pet is the healthiest it can be.




Our Network

Our Animal Referral & Emergency Network is the largest specialty and referral network in Australia, consisting of more than 20 sites. With more than 1,200 dedicated team members, including approximately 600 nurses and almost 400 veterinarians (including specialists and registrars), we provide exceptional care for your pets. Count on us for expert medical attention and comprehensive veterinary services.