Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates at Hickory Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing your pet with advanced surgical procedures such as soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgery. The surgical team strives to provide a compassionate, team-oriented approach to caring for our patients. Intense monitoring and care during their surgical procedure and recovery is provided. Our advanced patient care and monitoring includes pulse oximetry, blood pressure measurement, CO2 monitoring and electrocardiogram to provide the very best for your pet. Oxygen therapy, blood product and transfusion therapy, IV fluid therapy, and pain management are just a sampling of the support your pet may receive.

We work closely with your veterinarian to ensure that you and your pet receive the best possible care, effective treatment and follow-up. Your veterinarian always receives a detailed referral report of your pet’s visit.

Surgical Procedures include:

Soft Tissue Surgeries

  • Routine Surgeries (Overiohysterectomy or laparoscopic overiectomy, castration, declawing)
  • Cryptorchid neuter
  • Caesarean section
  • Cystotomy
  • Pyometra
  • Mass removal
  • Reconstructive procedures including skin flaps and grafts
  • Total ear canal ablation
  • Biopsies
  • Oncologic surgery
  • Laryngeal paralysis correction
  • PDA ligation
  • Lung lobectomy
  • Chylothorax management
  • Gastrotomy
  • GDV
  • Gastropexy
  • Enterotomy
  • Colectomy
  • Portosystemic shunt ligation
  • Cholecystoduodenostomy
  • Peritonitis management
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Ureteronephrectomy
  • Ectopic ureter correction
  • Cystotomy
  • Perineal herniorrhaphy
  • Perianal fistula management
  • Chylothorax management
  • Cryptorchid neuter

Orthopedic Surgeries

  • Fracture Repair
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Maxillectomy
  • Patellar luxation repair
  • Cranial cruciate repair
  • Joint arthrodesis
  • Total hip replacement
  • Limb and digit amputation
  • Femoral head and neck excision


  • Spinal surgery for intervertebral disc herniation, spinal fractures and luxation


Stephanie Dobbins, DVM

Andrew Osborn, DVM

Tiffany Kay, VMD

Nancy O. Brown, VMD, DACVS, DACVIM – Oncology


Helping and healing for over 65 years.

Hickory Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1956 as a team of professionals committed to excellence in animal care. Our continued goal is to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine to our patients.