We offer some of the most advanced diagnostic and innovative surgical facilities in Connecticut.

We offer some of the most advanced diagnostic and innovative surgical facilities in Connecticut. As the referring veterinary hospital for many small animal hospitals we have procedures that require specialized training and state-of-the-art technology. Our surgeons have completed advanced training in small animal surgery and are specialists in their field. Veterinary surgeons are dedicated to providing the very best in surgical care. This expertise helps to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.

Dr. Melvyn Pond is a Board Certified Surgeon.

Dr. Pond, one of the foremost Board Certified veterinary surgeons in the region, performs orthopedic and general surgery here at Central Hospital. Dr. Pond graduated from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia, University of Glasgow and the Yale University School of Medicine. In 1982, he established a surgical referral practice in Connecticut and has been associated with Central Hospital since that time. Dr. Pond’s patients are generally referred to him by the veterinarian responsible for their routine care. Dr. Pond is one of 20 veterinary surgeons in the United States performing the recently introduced Total Elbow Replacement surgery. Dr. Pond is available for consultation in person and by telephone to discuss your pet’s problems, help with diagnoses and guide you through the process of deciding the most appropriate treatment.

Dr. Donna Lee Taylor is a Board Certified Surgeon

Dr. Taylor received her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Washington State University and stayed on for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. She then completed a residency in small animal surgery at Oklahoma State University. Following her residency Dr. Taylor practiced in a multispecialty hospital in Oregon for 15 years and has also practiced in Calgary and Southern California. Dr. Taylor has a broad experience in advanced soft tissue surgery, and also performs neurosurgery for intervertebral disc disease and fracture repairs. She has a special interest in oncologic surgery, soft tissue reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology and pain management. Dr. Taylor is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgery, the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncologists, the Veterinary Society of Soft Tissue Surgery and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) to manage anterior cruciate ligament tears
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Replacement
  • Fracture Repair
  • Thoracic, abdominal, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Soft tissue surgeries
  • Cancer surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Minimally invasive procedures (thoracoscopy and laparoscopy)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Fracture repair
  • Advanced wound management
  • Negative pressure wound therapy.