The Surgical Department at AAERC caters to the surgical needs of your pet 365 days a year. The surgical team, led by Dr. John Punke, are available 24 hours a day for routine and complex surgeries during the day, and for emergency surgeries after hours. The Surgical Department boasts a team of highly trained Surgical Nurses, and together with the support of hospital staff, they perform a varied list of procedures including spinal and neurosurgery, open chest surgery, surgical oncology, orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, and other specialised surgical procedures.
Dr. Punke accepts patients on a referral and emergency basis. The usual process for referrals is first to obtain a referral letter from your regular Veterinarian, who will email or fax this to us at AAERC. Your usual Veterinarian will ask you to give us a phone call during business hours to make an appointment for a consultation to see Dr. Punke, who will spend time with you discussing your pet’s needs. Together, you will decide on a treatment plan, and associated costs and procedures will be discussed with you.
Some procedures or tests may be able to be performed that day, while others may require another appointment at a later time. Our Surgical Department have gold standard technology at their disposal, including dual positive-pressure surgical theatres, automated laboratory equipment, digital x-ray, advanced anaesthesia, mechanical ventilation, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, CT imaging, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, ECG and advanced diagnostic and monitoring equipment, so you may rest assured that your pet is receiving the very best care possible.
The Surgical Department accepts referrals for an extensive array of surgical conditions, including:
- Cruciate ligament repair
- Fracture repair
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Soft tissue surgery
- Tumour removal
- Abdominal surgery
- Heart surgery
- Neurosurgical conditions including spinal disease