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Noelle Muro

DVM, MS, DACVS (SA)
Noelle Muro Staff Photo
Veterinary Specialist
Surgery
Availability: Tuesday - Friday
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At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2012

Board Certified:

Surgery

Specialties Include:

Surgical correction of cranial cruciate ligament rupture
Fracture fixation

My Pets:

Squish Banana and Cheddar Bay Biscuit - Cats
Dr. Noelle Marie Muro is originally from East Haven, CT, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2006. After a brief foray into the working world, Dr. Muro traveled to St. Kitts to attend the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After a clinical year at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she received her DVM in 2012.   

After graduation, Dr. Muro spent a year at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA to complete a high-impact rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a small animal surgical internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, FL. She then matched for a small animal surgical residency at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, which was completed in July 2017. During residency, Dr. Muro was also awarded a Master’s degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. After residency, Dr. Muro stayed on as an assistant clinical professor of small animal surgery at VA-MD, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS-SA) in 2018. Since then, she has served on the faculty of VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, and was service chief of small animal surgery from 2019-2020.  

Dr. Muro’s professional interests include surgical correction of cranial cruciate ligament rupture, and fracture fixation. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, movies, and playing with the two most beautiful cats on the earth, Squish Banana and Cheddar Bay Biscuit.

Surgery

The goal of our surgeons, registered veterinary technicians and our highly skilled support staff is to provide comfort and pain free personalized treatment with unparalleled care for each and every one of our patients. In addition, the surgery service is supported by our emergency/critical care, internal medicine, radiology, neurology and rehabilitation departments, ensuring the most comprehensive care available anywhere for your pet.

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:

  • Traumatic injury and emergencies (such as fractures, skin wounds and lacerations, correction of gastric dilatation-volvulus, and exploratory (abdominal/thoracic) surgery.
  • Orthopedic surgeries (such as total hip replacements (THRs), cruciate ligament surgeries (TPLOs), 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).
  • Stem cell therapy(such as osteoarthritis and other orthopedic problems).

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 where they may 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.

Our Surgery Team

Specialty Department Nursing Team Lead
Veterinary Specialist
Veterinary Specialist
VCA Veterinary Specialists of CT

993 North Main Street

West Hartford, CT 06117

Main: 860-236-3273

Fax: 860-236-3275

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Appointment Hours::

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday: ER only

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