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Dawn Nolte

DVM, DACVS
Dawn Nolte
Veterinary Specialist
Surgery
Availability: Friday & Saturday
Dawn Nolte

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

1998

Board Certified:

Surgery

Specialties Include:

Oncologic/Reconstructive Surgery
Fracture Management
Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy

Dr. Dawn Nolte is a 2005 Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery. She graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and then completed a rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Oradell, NJ. Her surgical training included a surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center, a small animal surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, and a surgical fellowship also at The Animal Medical Center. Dr. Nolte is proficient in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, and neurosurgery. Her research and clinical interests include oncologic/reconstructive surgery, fracture management and minimally invasive surgery, specifically laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.

Surgery

What Is A Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

A board certified veterinary surgeon is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional surgical training. A veterinary surgeon can offer special assistance in the following kinds of cases:

  • Acute crises and traumatic injury requiring emergency surgery (such as fractures, skin wounds and lacerations, internal bleeding, correction of gastric dilatation-volvulus, and exploratory procedures).
  • Orthopedic surgeries (such as repair of medial patellar luxation and cruciate ligament tears, and arthroscopy for joint exploration).
  • Soft tissue surgeries (such as tumor/cancer removal and correction of congenital defects).
  • Neurological surgeries (such as herniated discs and spinal injuries).

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive surgical training in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet. Your veterinary surgeon will work closely with your general practitioner veterinarian, as well as'"depending on your pet's condition'"other board certified specialists in internal medicine, veterinary oncology, veterinary neurology, and veterinary radiology.


Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Surgeon?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs the additional expertise of a board certified surgeon for certain surgeries. In fact, many general practitioner veterinarians refer all but the most routine of surgeries to specialists'"orthopedic and neurology cases, reconstructive surgeries, tumor removals, etc.

Board certified veterinary surgeons also are often affiliated with referral hospitals like VCA Shoreline where they have access to specialized diagnostic or surgical equipment, the latest and safest anesthesia monitoring equipment, physical therapy or rehabilitation capabilities, and other critical care services that a general practitioner may not have access to. All of these specialized services may be necessary for the optimal care and recovery of your pet.

You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet to a veterinary surgeon is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.

What Kinds of Problems Require the Expertise of a Veterinary Surgeon?

Board certified veterinary surgeons can repair complex fractures, perform total hip replacements, and use advanced techniques to repair torn ligaments (ruptured cruciate ligaments) within the knee. They can also remove cancerous growths, manage extensive or non-healing wounds, and perform reconstructive surgery, such as grafting skin over large injuries. Veterinary surgeons can perform intricate surgeries in the chest or abdomen, such as kidney transplants in cats or repairing heart defects in dogs. Spinal injuries and herniated discs are problems that are also commonly referred to board certified surgeons. Veterinary surgery is also expanding into minimally invasive surgery, such as arthroscopy, thorascopy, and laparoscopy.


Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In many if not most surgical cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is continuing to cope with a disease or chronic condition. It depends on your pet's particular disease and health problem, however. Typically, though, your general practitioner veterinarian will oversee many aspects of your pet's pre-op and post-op care, just as in human medicine. Recovery periods are often prolonged in many surgical cases, particularly in orthopedic surgery, and it is very important to follow your veterinary team's recommendations concerning at-home recovery guidelines for your pet, follow up care and appointments, as well as any rehabilitation that has been prescribed.

Did You Know?

Just as in humans, a pet's recovery from veterinary surgery can go more smoothly or even result in a better outcome with the addition of rehabilitation options. Your pet's veterinarian can tell you if physical therapy is recommended in your pet's case.

Just as in people, laser surgery is becoming a much more common surgical technique in veterinary medicine, bringing with it the same advantages of reduced blood loss and shorter recovery times.

If you think that your pet may be a candidate for veterinary surgery, ask your general practioner veterinarian for a referral to VCA Shoreline today.

Our Surgery Team

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VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

895 Bridgeport Avenue

Shelton, CT 06484

Main: 203-929-8600

Fax: 203-944-9754

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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