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General Diagnostic and Surgical Service

General Diagnostic and Surgical Service

General Diagnostic and Surgical Service

Board certified surgeons, Dr. Thomas Jenei and Dr. Carl Kirker-Head, lead the General Diagnostic and Surgical Service, which is part of the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts. The service oversees a wide variety of cases and offers all types of diagnostic procedures, and also performs surgery. This includes procedures required for horses, camelids, and farm animals, including orthopedic surgery, lameness, wound repair, septic joint management, gastrointestinal surgery, and urogenital procedures.

Diagnostic testing capabilities include:

  • Radiographs
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine (bone scan)
  • Endoscopy
  • Nerve and joint anesthesia
  • Blood work
  • Tissue Samples

The General Diagnostic and Surgical Service is equipped, with both personnel and equipment, to perform all types of surgical procedures. Unless the surgery needs to be performed on an emergency basis, normal surgery days at the Hospital for Large Animals are Tuesday and Thursday. This enables hospital staff to work with the client and their animal the day prior to surgery, to gather any additional diagnostics that are required, discuss all treatment options, and discuss expected costs and potential complications. It also gives the patient time to become acclimated to the change in housing and for staff to become more familiar with the patient's normal behavior before general anesthesia and surgery.

All surgery is performed by the faculty surgeon, with assistance of a surgical house officer who is also a graduate veterinarian. Caregivers include a knowledgeable team of technicians, senior veterinary students, house officers, and attending faculty. Using this team approach, the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is able to provide 24-hour quality care.

A podiatry specialty medicine and surgery service is also provided by Dr. Kirker-Head, who works in collaboration with farriers in the region, and Dr. Bryan Fraley from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

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Do you have emergency?

Emergency service at the Hospital for Large Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After business hours, it is essential to call before your arrival so our staff can prepare what is necessary. The emergency service will take your name and number and a veterinarian will return your call.

Hospital for Large Animals

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University
53 Willard St.
N. Grafton, MA 01536
Fax: 508-839-7931
Pharmacy: 508-887-4850