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Robert Vonau

DVM, DACVS, Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgery
Rob Vonau
Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Rob Vonau

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Small Animal Surgery

Specialties Include:

Soft Tissue Surgery

A Louisiana native, Dr. Vonau received both his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. After graduating in 1995, Rob completed a small animal internship at CSU before traveling to New York City for his surgical residency.

Dr. Vonau was awarded his Board Certification as a Surgeon in 2001. After 6 years, Dr. Vonau returned to New York, this time as a staff surgeon at the Animal Medical Center – one of the country’s leading specialty hospitals. Fortunately, Colorado’s great outdoors lured Rob back to Colorado.

When not in surgery, Rob enjoys mountain biking, trail running, snowboarding, and training for triathlons.

Dr. Vonau provides specialized orthopedic and soft tissue surgery for emergency and referral patients.

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Veterinary surgical services can benefit a number of different pets for many different reasons. Some animals begin to limp more and more over time and just aren't enjoying life like they used to. Other pets are enjoying life just fine, until some unexpected event occurs such as ingestion of a favorite toy, a motor vehicle accident or even sudden paralysis after jumping off a couch. Surgery is key to fixing all of these ailments.

The Importance of a Specialist in Veterinary Surgery

Many medical problems are defined as surgical issues. This is because without surgery, our medical capabilities simply do not exist to return a patient to normal function without surgery. Much like human surgery, veterinary surgery has come a long way in the past century and many issues that were faced a generation ago are now fully within the realm of possibility for a complete return to normal function.

Veterinary surgical services work very closely with all of the other veterinary specialties. Surgeons can often work with oncologists to either cure or greatly aid in the treatment of many types of cancer. Criticalists will often stabilize animals with have been hit by a motor vehicle so that a surgeon can repair a fracture, some of which can be very complicated. And it is not uncommon for an internist to turn to a surgeon after they have diagnosed a undetected illness that turns out to be surgical.

Our surgical specialists have been trained to perform surgeries both of an orthopedic nature (having to do with joints and bones) and on soft tissues, such as the internal organs. Their skill and high rate of success bring patients from far outside the Denver area.

VCA Highlands Ranch Animal Specialty & Emergency Center

5640 County Line Place Suite 1

Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Main: 303-740-9595

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Fri: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Sat-Sun: Closed

Hours Information:

Extended Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm, for patient monitoring and discharges

Specialty DVM Appts: Call (303) 740-9595

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