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Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our Soft tissue referral service is led by both Michal Vlasin DVM PhD Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS (Senior Surgeon Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery) and Richard Artingstall MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS, RCVS (Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery) with our team of interns and nurses.

Vale Referrals has a dedicated theatre for their soft tissue surgery, comprehensively equipped for anaesthesia and patient monitoring. Routine surgeries carried out include thoracic and abdominal surgery, as well as ear, nose and throat and oncologic and reconstructive surgery. Surgical cases are seen early in the morning to allow time for any investigation to be carried out prior to surgery. Surgery will often be carried out the same day. This then means that patients can be closely monitored post-operatively, during the rest of the day by our highly-trained nurses.

Vale Referrals have the expertise and equipment to carry out laparoscopic or keyhole surgery and will use this minimally invasive technique where appropriate. In particular for:

  • Ovariectomy
  • Retained testicle (cryptorchid)
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
  • Laparoscopic assisted gut biopsy laparoscopic liver/ pancreatic biopsy

We regularly perform the following procedures:


  • Aspergillosis treatment
  • Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome-surgery for stenotic nares / elongated soft palate
  • Nasal Discharge investigations / Laryngeal Paralysis-Tieback surgery
  • Stick injuries
  • Cleft Palate/Oronasal Fistulae surgery
  • Salivary Mucocoeles
  • Total Canal Ablation and Bulla Osteotomy (dogs)
  • Ventral Bulla Osteotomy (cats) Lateral Wall Resection


  • Thoracotomy
  • Vascular Ring Anomalies
  • PDA surgery
  • Lung Lobectomy
  • Pericardial Strip Pneumothorax / Pleural Effusion investigation – Pyothorax, Chylothorax
  • Chest Wall Tumours, Chest wall Reconstruction
  • Ruptured Diaphragm
  • Peritoneopericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia


  • Oncological investigation and surgery
  • Mandibulectomies
  • Maxillectomies


  • Colposuspension / Urethropexy
  • Ectopic Ureter surgery
  • Perineal Urethrostomy
  • Urethral blockage and FLUTD (cats)
  • Nephrectomy/Renal Biopsy


  • All aspects of Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Acute Abdomen cases / Peritonitis
  • GDV / Gastropexy / Placement “PEG” tubes
  • Liver Biopsy / Liver Lobectomy
  • Cholecystectomy / Cholecystoduodenostomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Prostatic investigations/surgery
  • Perineal Ruptures Wound Management and reconstruction / Skin Grafts Migrating foreign bodies / discharging sinus investigation
  • Wound Management and reconstruction / Skin Grafts
  • Migrating foreign bodies / discharging sinus investigation

As a practice we offer a 24 hour emergency service, supported by our team of interns and nurses at our fully equipped hospital in Stinchcombe. Our services are not limited to the above therefore please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


t: 01453 547934

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