Why use a Board-Certified Surgeon?
Veterinarians aren’t too different from human doctors: there are doctors that help you with your everyday wellbeing and health, and there are doctors who specialize in an aspect of medicine to help with specific problems. In the same way, there are veterinarians who know something about everything, and veterinarians who know everything about something. A board-certified surgeon falls into this second group: in order to become board certified, a veterinarian needs to complete additional advanced training, usually through a year-long internship and a three-year residency program. This time allows them to really focus their abilities and offer the highest quality of care.
Board certified surgeons are able to see and treat complicated problems that require the expertise they’ve acquired through years of specialized surgical training. Furthermore, because they know their experts in their field, they can discuss options with you in order to find the right treatment for your pet and family.
What happens when my pet has Surgery?
When your pet needs surgery—the Surgery Department of Artemis is your best choice. Our board-certified surgeon has extensive experience performing all types of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
What to expect for Animal Surgery
- One-on-one time with the surgeon who will complete a thorough evaluation of your pet.
- A tour of the hospital where you will see our state-of-the-art equipment, surgery ward, and post-op ward where your pet will stay.
- Answers to all of your questions. We want you to be informed, knowledgeable, and at ease that your pet is in the best care.
Our patients’ safety and comfort are our top priorities here at Artemis. All patients are assigned to a team of highly trained licensed veterinary technicians before, during and after their procedure. Your pet will receive constant monitoring while under anesthesia. After surgery, our doctors and technicians will keep the patient as quiet, clean, comfortable and pain-free as possible. Once your pet is stable, we will call you with an update on their progress and how the surgery went. We provide outstanding, personalized care to each patient that ensures their specific needs are met so each animal is treated slightly different.
When you pick up your pet we will go over all medications and discharge instructions with you and provide you with written instructions. You are always welcome to call when you have further concerns or questions.
All of our patients stay in the same cage where you drop them off and are monitored during their entire stay. There is always someone within 15 feet of them at all times. This allows us to be attentive to their immediate need and address any emergency as it happens.
Meet our Surgeon
Dr. Nicholson graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) in 1999 and completed his internship and residency at The University of Pennsylvania. He received Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. Since then, he has spent 12 years in private practice as a Surgeon and 2 years (2009-2011) as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Virginia Tech (VMRCVM). He became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2014. Dr. Nicholson continues to stay current with new medical and surgical advancements by attending frequent continuing education seminars and teaching our interns.
Dr. Nicholson will be able to perform the following elective orthopedic procedures:
Dr. Nicholson is available for soft tissue surgical consultation and elective soft tissue surgical procedures, such as perineal urethrostomy and laryngeal tie back. He is also available for radiographic review(s).
Why Artemis is the Right Choice for You
On top of all the benefits that come along with using a board-certified surgeon, is the postoperative care Artemis can provide onsite. Not only monitoring your pet 24 hours a day but provide pain management and observe for signs of further issues. This means that once your pet comes out of surgery, he/she will not be left in an empty building all night or sent home prematurely. Instead, we will monitor his/her wellbeing and be able to administer any additional treatment that may be necessary.