Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.



What services does the Large Animal Surgery Service offer?

AVC is a veterinary teaching hospital and we strive to provide the next generation of veterinarians the best teaching experience in order to prepare them to look after your animals in the future. Rest assured however that the surgical procedures are performed by the specially trained surgeon and they oversee all aspects of the animals care. Students are invaluable in taking special care of the patients and monitoring them very closely with the whole team of technicians, residents, interns and students coming together under the supervising surgeon to provide excellent 24-7 care of your animal. 

Large Animal Surgery Services provided: 

Emergency Surgery

  • Abdominal surgery (Colic, Abomasal Displacements) 
  • C-Sections 
  • Fracture repair 
  • Wound repairs 
  • Tendon lacerations 
  • Ophthalmic emergencies 
  • Urethral obstructions 
  • Bladder rupture 

Elective Surgeries

  • Arthroscopic surgery (OCD, Chip Fractures) 
  • Routine and cryptorchid castrations 
  • Laparoscopic surgery (Ovariectomy, Abdominal) 
  • Hernia repair 
  • Upper airway surgery (Tie Back, Tie Forward, Laser Procedures) 
  • Standing surgeries 
  • Angular and flexural limb deformities 
  • Foot surgery (Neurectomies, Canker, Quittor) 
  • Joint Arthrodesis 
  • Mass removals 
  • Wound revisions (Sequestrum removal, Skin Grafting, Perineal Reconstructions) 
  • Umbilical surgery 
  • Tendon surgery 
  • Dental extractions and repulsions 
  • Sinus surgery 
  • Ophthalmic surgery (Conjunctival grafting, Eyelid reconstructions, Enucleations) 
  • Guttural pouch surgery 


  • Routine and complicated lameness evaluation 
  • Radiographs 
  • Ultrasound 
  • Advanced imaging such as CT (coming soon…on-site MRI) 

I have additional questions about my animal’s care. What should I do? 

First, if your animal has been discharged from the AVC Teaching Hospital, please review your discharge instructions as many routine questions are addressed there. 

If you still have questions or have specific questions ahead of your appointment, then please call or email us. We can be reached by phone at 902-566-0999For any urgent concerns please call us or your local veterinarian for immediate assistance.

About us

The AVC-VTH is passionate about its goal to provide an outstanding level of health care for its animal patients while also providing clinical teaching and instruction to our senior (final year) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, interns and residents.[more]

Clinic hours

The AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital operates 8 AM to 10 PM 7-365. Our front desk is staffed from 8am until 11pm 7 days a week. Clients can call to make appointments, request prescription refills, or to make other general inquiries during those hours. Appointments for Community Practice and Specialty Services are scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm based on service availability. Clients with animal emergencies can call between 8 AM and 10 PM-7-365.

AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care
8am-10pm Mon-Sun

If you are a small animal pet owner experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 or our primary Emergency Service. If you are a registered large animal client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including Farm Service and Ambulatory Equine Service clients) and are experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

To make an appointment

AVC Small Animal Hospital
Companion animals, exotic animals, pocket pets, wildlife

AVC Large Animal Hospital
Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals

AVC Ambulatory Equine Services
On-farm and racetrack care for horses

AVC Farm Service
Herd health, on-farm and emergency service for cattle, pigs, fish and other farm animals