Our highly trained veterinary surgeons commonly deal with complex cases and have advanced experience and knowledge in a range of small animal surgical fields. 

Using advanced equipment and techniques, our UQ VETS Small Animal Surgery team offers thorough diagnostic work-ups to provide you with recommended surgery (if required) and treatment options for the best patient care and outcome.

Our team is supported by our anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine and pet emergency services.

 For pet owners

You will need a referral from your UQ VETS primary care vet to book a surgery consultation. We accept referrals from external vet clinics on a case-by-case basis.

Contact us for more information.

 For referring vets

We accept referrals from external clinics to our surgical service on a case-by-case basis. 

Find out more about how to refer.

Surgical procedures

Soft-tissue surgery

Commonly performed procedures include:

  • abdominal surgery
  • upper airway surgery
  • thoracic surgery
  • laparoscopy (abdominal keyhole surgery)
  • hernias
  • head and neck surgery.

Orthopaedic surgery

Commonly performed procedures include:

  • fracture management
  • cranial cruciate ligament disease
  • medial patella luxation
  • hip dysplasia
  • elbow dysplasia
  • limb deformity correction.


Commonly treated conditions include:

  • intervertebral disc disease
  • lumbosacral disease.

Oncological and reconstructive surgery

Our surgery team can typically address most soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgical neoplastic conditions. 

Our small animal medicine team can also provide adjunctive therapies such as chemotherapy, if required.

Diagnostic imaging

See the types of diagnostic imaging, including ultrasound, that may be required for surgery referral.