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. Cara Blake, DVM, DACVS, CCRT is a Board Certified Surgeon

Dr. Cara Blake earned her DVM degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2008. She then completed a small animal surgical residency in a joint program with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012.

Dr. Blake was certified as a Canine Rehbilitation Therapist (CCRT) by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) in 2014. She has also completed coursework in veterinary acupuncture and food therapy at the Chi Institute. Dr. Blake previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at both the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and is faculty for both AOVET and CRI, She is currently preparing for boards in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Blake's areas of clinical interest include working dog and sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, regenerative and rehabilitative therapy, and pain management.

Dr. Melvyn Pond, BVMS, MRCVS, DACVS 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, DVM, DACVS 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.

Dr. Jennifer Lansdowne, DVM, Msc, DACVS-SA,DECVS-SA is a Board Certified Surgeon

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Dr. Lansdowne received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph in 1996, her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003, and her Masters of Science in Clinical Studies from the University of Guelph in 2003. Her Masters Degree is in minimally invasive surgery and epidural anesthesia and she now also specializes in both orthopedics and complex oncological surgery. Dr. Lansdowne completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Colorado State University followed by an Orthopedic Fellowship and Surgical Residency at Michigan State University. She spent two years in Davos, Switzerland working at the AO Foundation Research Institute and then returned to her true passion of small animal surgery, joining a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA until 2012. Dr. Lansdowne spent 7 years at a specialty practice in Middletown, CT recently resigning as Head of the surgery department there in order to join our team.

Dr. Lansdowne has written over 20 scientific publications, several orthopedic textbook chapters, and has lectured both nationally and internationally. As well as being a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons, she is an Associate member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology (VSSO), an AOVet Active Member, and a member of the AVMA.

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Soft Tissue Surgery

Our surgeons have advanced training, skill, and years of experience in addressing a wide variety of challenging cases including:

  • Brachycepahlic Airway Syndrome
  • Liver tumor removal, biliary disease, hepatic shunt correction
  • Thoracic, abdominal, and skin cancers
  • Reconstruction following tumor resection and trauma
  • Advanced wound care with Vacuum Assisted Closure
  • Thorascopic pericardectomy, lung biopsy
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy, liver biopsy, ovariectomy, cryptorchid neuter
  • Diaphragm repair
  • Total ear canal ablation (TECA) and bulla ostectomy
  • Intestinal Resection
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass catheters
  • Urogenital procedures
  • Colonic, rectal, and perineal procedures

Orthopedic Surgery

We utilize the best treatments and technologies for orthopedic procedures with the goal of diagnosing sports-related injuries, of repairing fractures and defects, restoring function, and relieving pain.

  • Arthroscopy
  • Fracture repair-pins, plates, screws, external fixators
  • Correction of growth deformities and osteotomy to reconstruct joint surface incongruities
  • Management of hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Cranial cruciate ligament disease management-TPLO, braces
  • Traumatic luxations and ligament injuries
  • Medial and lateral patellar luxations
  • Correction of osteochondrosis in all joints
  • Management of osteoarthritis
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Elbow Replacement
  • Advanced Anesthesia/Analgesia and Supportive Care

  • Individualized anesthetic protocols and supervision by a board certified anesthesiologist
  • Postoperative ICU recovery supervised by a board certified critical care specialist
  • Advanced monitoring at induction, intra-op, and post-op including SPO2, CO2, BP, ECG
  • Epidurals, local blocks, constant rate infusions
  • Cross-matched blood products