Cornell University Veterinary Specialists 24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care


…because our pets deserve to be themselves again.

Pets who can barely make it up the stairs one day can often be restored to full, active health in just a few weeks through the expertise of a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Board-certified surgeons must complete four years of intensive post-graduate training focused primarily on surgery. This concentrated training allows the specialist surgeon to master the advanced techniques required to perform complex procedures.

The Surgery Department at CUVS emphasizes communication and comprehensive diagnostics in selecting the optimal treatment type for the individualized and compassionate care of your pet.

Our state-of-the-art surgery center includes three fully equipped surgical suites, digital radiology, an on-site CT scanner, and C-arm fluoroscopy. Your pet’s surgical care is delivered and enhanced by an exceptional team of caring and experienced licensed veterinary technicians, as well as the most advanced surgical and anesthetic monitoring equipment available. Close interaction with the Critical Care Department provides specialty expertise for complex anesthesia, and for post-operative recovery of the sickest patients. The surgery service collaborates closely with other CUVS departments, and with your referring veterinarian.

Veterinary Arthroscopy

The advantages of arthroscopy include decreased pain, earlier return to function, decreased scarring and more accurate diagnosis and treatment. In human medicine, arthroscopy is considered standard-of-care in the diagnosis and treatment of a plethora of joint conditions. In veterinary medicine, arthroscopy has become one of the more significant subspecialties in small animal orthopedics. It has been effectively used in conditions affecting the shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, stifle and tarsus joints of dogs and cats. Conditions such as osteochondrosis (of the shoulder, elbow, tarsus and carpus), fragmented coronoid process (elbow), and biciptal tenosynovitis (shoulder) are some of the common conditions amenable to arthroscopic assessment and treatment. As in many joint diseases, early detection and management will typically yield more rewarding results. Cornell University Veterinary Specialists’ state-of-the-art equipment and our highly trained surgical staff enable us to offer numerous arthroscopic intervention treatment options. Drs Morgan and Bentley have years of expertise in the application of arthroscopic techniques for the management of small animal orthopedic conditions.

Oliver Morgan, VMD, DACVS


Adrienne Bentley, DVM, DACVS




CUVS’ Surgery Department offers the very best in advanced surgery, including:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Oncologic and reconstructive
  • GI and abdominal
  • Thoracic
  • Upper respiratory
  • Endocrine
  • Wound management

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Cruciate ligament repair - tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) and tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), as well as extracapsular techniques for selected cases
  • Fracture repair - bone plating/screws, external fixators, circular fixators, IM pins/orthopedic wire and external coaptation techniques
  • Treatment of polytrauma
  • Hip dysplasia management modalities - total hip replacement (THR), juvenile pubic symphysiodesis (JPS), triple pelvic ostoeotomy (TPO)
  • Congenital and developmental orthopedic conditions (elbow dysplasia, osteochodrosis (OCD), angular limb deformities, and other musculoskeletal conditions), patellar luxation - corrective osteotomies, limb lengthening and internal/external fixation techniques
  • Arthroscopic surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Arthroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy


  • Spinal - intervertebral disc disease, lumbosacral disease, spinal fractures


Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
880 Canal Street
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone 203.595.2777   Fax 203.595.2778


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Emergency Hours

24 Hours a day, 7 days a week

Emergency & Critical Care Information

Specialty Hours

Monday - Friday

9am to 6pm

Weekend hours available by special appointment