We are beyond excited and grateful to announce that José García-López VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR will be traveling to VLAC on a regular basis to provide elective surgical care and evaluation of extensive/complicated lameness cases. He would like to focus mainly on his strengths (arthroscopic, orthopedic and respiratory surgery) and will be accepting surgical cases that we feel will be successful in our surgical facility. Cases that need extensive hospitalization or after care will be best referred to another hospital as Dr.García-López will only be here for a day or two at a time and cannot provide extensive post-operative case management. Kate Chope VMD, DACVSMR will also be available from time to time, depending on her schedule, for consultations on ultrasound cases and can perform advanced ultrasound guided techniques.
Soft Tissue Surgical Services
- Castrations: Routine castrations; cryptorchid castrations
- Mass Removal
- Reparative Surgery: Skin grafting; wound revision
- Reproductive Surgery: phalectomy (penile amputation); recto-vaginal fistula/tear repair; ovariectomies; castrations
Orthopedic Surgical Services
- Arthroscopic joint, tendon sheath, and bursa procedures
- Septic joint management
- Fractured splint bone removal
- Sequestrum removal/debridement
General Surgical Services
- Dental Surgery: Tooth extractions and surgical repulsions; wolf tooth removal; fractured jaw wiring
- Neonatal Surgery: Umbilical cord resection; umbilical and inguinal hernia repair; ruptured bladder repair; periosteal stripping or transphyseal bridging (angular limb deformities)
- Ophthalmic Surgery: Trans-palpebral lavage system placement (to administer eye medication); enucleation; third eyelid resection; surgical and medication consultation with Dr. Sarah Hoy, ophthalmologist at Vermont Veterinary Eye Care
- Podiatry Surgery: Penetrating injury to the foot; neurectomy; heel bulb lacerations and casting; canker; proliferative pododermatitis; standing deep digital flexor tenotomy for laminitis
What to expect when your horse comes to VLAC for surgery:
- We may provide you with specific feeding or medication instructions prior to your arrival.
- For elective procedures, horses are typically admitted the day before the scheduled surgery. You will be greeted by our office staff, technicians, and doctors if possible, and your horse will be settled into one of our spacious stalls. Please be sure to provide all up-to-date phone numbers and an email address, so that we can keep you up to date after surgery and during your horse’s stay. Before leaving, we will ask that you read and sign a form consenting to treatment of your horse and our payment policy.
- While your horse is hospitalized, we ask that you observe standard visiting hours, which are between 9am to 5pm. If you are unable to visit during these times, please schedule a time with the doctors taking care of your horse. While visiting, please check in with our office staff before going to your horse’s stall. Please do not give your horse any food or treats without first checking with our technician or doctors.
- Discharge from the hospital typically takes place during business hours or at a mutually agreed upon time after hours or on weekends. Your veterinarian will provide you with detailed discharge instructions and will be available for follow-up after your horse arrives back at home.
- Our payment policy is that you will be asked to make a deposit when the horse arrives. All remaining hospital charges must be paid in full upon release from the hospital. Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card or Care Credit. If your horse is insured, please contact the insurance company prior to surgery, and submit your claim to them for reimbursement of your charges.