VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

Minimally invasive surgery

Recent innovations in veterinary and minimally invasive surgical technology are changing the face of veterinary soft tissue surgery. New minimally invasive surgical approaches have been developed to compliment or replace traditional techniques. In many cases, quicker recovery time and superior visualization have also been demonstrated with minimally invasive techniques. Most minimally invasive procedures require 2 small incisions, but more advanced procedures can require 4-6 small ports for instrumentation.  For more information regarding minimally invasive surgery, check out Covidien's website here.

Some of the minimally invasive procedures offered are listed below:

Soft Tissue Procedures


1. Laparoscopic kidney biopsy
2. Laparoscopic assisted ovariohysterectomy (spay)
3. Laparoscopic ovariectomy
4. Laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy
5. Laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy (bladder stone removal)
6. Laparoscopic assisted cystopexy
7. Laparoscopic assisted cystostomy tube placement


1. Exploratory laparoscopy with multiple biopsies
2. Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
3. Laparoscopic assisted foreign body removal (intestinal)
4. Laparoscopic liver biopsy
5. Laparoscopic pancreatic biopsy
6. Laparoscopic abdominal mass explore and biopsy
7. Laparoscopic assisted colopexy
8. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
9. Laparoscopic assisted feeding tube placement (low-profile gastrostomy, gastrostomy, jejunostomy)
10. Laparoscopic assisted cholecystectomy �" coming soon

1. Exploratory thoracoscopy
Indications: spontaneous pneumothorax, acute pyothorax
2. Partial lung lobectomy
3. Pericardiectomy
4. Complete lung lobectomy (with one lung ventilation) �"coming soon
5. Pericardioscopy
6. Pleural biopsies

Orthopedic Procedures

Elbow Arthroscopy

1. Exploratory arthroscopy
2. Arthroscopic debridement
3. Subtotal medial coronoidectomy
4. Ununited anconeal process removal or repair

Shoulder arthroscopy
1. Exploratory arthroscopy (intraarticular tendon evaluation)
2. Biceps tenectomy
3. OCD lesion removal and debridement

Stifle arthroscopy
1. Exploratory arthroscopy
2. Meniscectomy

Tarsal arthroscopy
OCD lesion removal and debridement




General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately or come right in. We are available and have doctors and technicians in the building waiting to help you and your pet 24 hours a day.

As pet parents ourselves, we understand when there is a concern about your pet, waiting can be excruciating. That is why we are here for you 24 hours a day. There is no question, concern, or problem too small so don't hesitate to contact us or come right in!

*Please note that between the hours of 9pm and 7am, our front doors are locked for security. Please ring the door bell and a staff member will come to the door and assist you.