VCA Veterinary Referral Associates Surgical Specialists
The search for answers to your pet's health problems can be challenging. If you have been referred to the VCA Veterinary Referral Associates surgical team, you and your regular veterinarian may have already been searching for those answers for some time.
We're here to help. With a diverse group of specialists, state-of-the art diagnostic tools and highly trained support staff all available on-site, we can give you the information you need to make a compassionate, informed decision on your special friends' care.
At VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, we believe that no solution is one size fits all. Our experienced surgeons will listen to your concerns, thoroughly evaluate your pet and offer care that is tailored for this beloved family member's special needs.
With the surgical staff of VCA Veterinary Referral Associates as part of your pet's medical team, you will have a vast array of experience and knowledge at your disposal. Having access to such a diverse group of specialists guarantees that you will have the widest range of options to meet the needs of both you and your pet. Rest assured that you will understand what we're doing, why we're doing it and how it will help.
Whether your dog has a mystery lameness or your cat has an ear infection that just won't go away, we can guide you on the road to a solution. We'll let you know when surgery might not be the best answer for your pet and we will share with you all the alternatives, highlighting their pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision.
Many owners are increasingly seeking specialized care for their pets, just as they do with any of their family members, in order to secure the very best outcome. What exactly does a veterinary specialist bring to the table?
VCA Veterinary Referral Associate's specialists have deep and intimate knowledge of their chosen fields of practice and see countless cases over the course of a career. They are at the forefront of veterinary innovation and bring a wealth of knowledge to your pets' diagnostic and surgical challenges.
Specialty hospitals also have surgical, diagnostic and treatment options and equipment that may not be available at your referring veterinary hospital and these options can have a profound impact on your pet's treatment and its outcome.
At VCA Veterinary Referral Associates we don't just have surgical specialists. We also have a wide variety of specialists who focus on other areas of veterinary medicine. So if your furry friend turns out to need a neurologist instead of a surgical specialist we can take care of that too.
If your pet is facing surgery and you think a specialist may be a good choice, here are some questions you may wish to ask your referring veterinarian:
- How often have you performed this type of surgery?
- Does the surgery require any special equipment?
- Is the equipment available?
- Does my pet's surgery require a specialist?
- What should I expect the outcome of the surgery to be?
- What follow up care is necessary?
Source: The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Meet Our Surgeons
Dr. Eileen Snakard and Dr. Chris Gauthier are the VCA Veterinary Referral Associates' surgeons. Our doctors are highly respected and well known throughout the veterinary community for their wealth of knowledge and high degree of expertise in their chosen areas of specialty..
Dr. Snakard focuses on all aspects of veterinary surgery with special interests on minimally invasive thoracic and abdominal surgery and plastic and reconstructive soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. For more information about Dr. Snakard, please visit her bio page.
How VCA VRA Works
As a referral hospital, VCA Veterinary Referral Associates only takes referral or emergency cases.
In many, if not most, surgical cases your regular veterinarian will remain a partner in your pet's care, especially if your pet is continuing to cope with a disease or chronic condition. Typically, your general practitioner 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 surgical cases, particularly in orthopedic surgery. It is very important to follow your veterinary team's recommendations concerning at-home recovery guidelines, follow up care and appointments, as well as any rehabilitation that has been prescribed.
Just as in human medicine, a pet's recovery from veterinary surgery can go more smoothly or result in a better outcome when animal rehabilitation techniques are utilized. VCA Veterinary Referral Associates offers a full range of physical rehabilitation services at our facility, including hydrotherapy, ultrasound and neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Ask us how physical rehabilitation can help your pet.
Client Education Materials
Surgical Care Sheet: If your pet is having surgery at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates and you'd like more detailed information on what to expect pre- and post-op, take a look at our Surgical Care Sheet.
Some of the surgeries that are performed by our surgical team include:
- Orthopedic Surgeries (including, but not limited to)
- Fracture Repair
- Cruciate Repair
- Onocological Surgeries
- Rhinoscopy (nose)
- Throat Surgery
- Otoscopy (ears)
- Nasal obstructions
- Tumor and Lump Removal
- Abdominal surgery
- Laparascopy (abdomen)
- Skin reconstruction
- Emergency Surgery
- Foreign Body Removal
- Cystotomy (bladder)
- Wound Repair
For more information on how VCA Veterinary Referral Associates can help you and your pet, call us at 301-926-3300 or you may contact us via e-mail.