San Francisco Animal Surgery

Advanced surgical capabilities and a commitment to excellence characterize our approach to veterinary surgery. Our facility boasts some of the best diagnostic and surgical equipment available. Performing orthopedic, soft tissue, and emergency surgery, we offer the most advanced anesthesia and provide the best protocols for pain control.

Our exceptional combination of technology and knowledge ensures that the pets we care for undergo only the safest and most effective surgery possible. To that aim, we begin every surgery consultation with a thorough physical exam—including blood work—to determine whether your companion is healthy enough for anesthesia and to undergo surgery. From there, we administer any necessary pre-surgical medications and antibiotics and will continue to monitor and care for your animal’s condition after surgery until your pet goes home.

Attentive 24-Hour Post-Operative Care

Since we are a critical care facility, specially trained technical staff oversee post-operative care. Your pet is personally monitored by experts skilled in treating post-operative patients. And because we monitor patients continuously, we are able to provide uninterrupted pain management tailored to each pet’s specific needs.

Types of Surgeries Performed

We perform a wide range of small animal surgery, both orthopedic and soft tissue, including cancer and emergency surgery.

Services available through the Surgery Department include:

  • Soft tissue surgery—Intestinal and stomach foreign body removals, bladder stone removal, trauma surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery— Cranial or anterior cruciate ligament repair, TPLO, luxating patella stabilization, fracture repairs, and more
  • Oncologic (cancer) surgery
  • Emergency on-call service and 24-hour care surgery

As specialists in the field of veterinary oncology, AIMSS routinely performs the following cancer surgeries:

  • Biopsies of skin masses and internal masses
  • Internal and external tumor excision
  • Amputation
  • Cystostomy tube placement
  • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy
  • Lung tumor removals

If you are bringing your pet in for a surgical procedure, it is always best to be prepared.’s article on Preparing for Surgery in Dogs provides some good general information on how to care for your pet before and after surgery.

For more information about our advanced veterinary capabilities and help with setting up an appointment, to schedule a consultation via phone or for other assistance contact us.

Meet our surgeon, Dr. Cheri Nielsen.