Veterinary Surgery in Idaho

WestVet offers the expertise of three board-certified veterinary surgeons to the Treasure Valley, specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue procedures to help restore your pet to good health.

Our highly trained surgeons combine their expertise with state-of-the-art tools and equipment to provide not only a diagnosis but treatment options for pet's and their families. Dr. John Chandler, WestVet Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon, provides state-of-the-art care for your pet.Our surgeons work closely with referring family veterinarians and other WestVet specialists to provide an integrated and comprehensive approach to treating injured and ailing pets.

WestVet veterinary surgeons may utilize one of a number of advanced diagnostic tools including digital radiography, CT, MRI, ultrasound, and fluoroscopy. This imaging is often critical to obtaining a proper diagnosis and assessing the severity or extent of an injury or disease. Read more about the different types of medical imaging we offer HERE.

WestVet surgeons are nationally recognized for their work with advanced orthopedic procedures, including:

  • Bone Plating
  • Knee Reconstruction:

TPLO – Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. Dr. Jeff Brourman's blog post on the best surgery for a dog's knee ACL tear can be found HERE.

TTA – Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

Lateral Suture Stabilization

Tightrope Procedure

MPL - Medial Patella Luxation

In addition, veterinary abdominal (liver, spleen, GI, etc), thoracic (heart and lung), and neurologic (spine and brain) surgeries are  commonly performed at WestVet. Some of the common ailments treated regularly by our surgeons include:

Beyond surgery, cutting edge therapies including stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and artificial cartilage substitution (OATS procedure) are considered as treatment alternatives when possible. Minimally invasive surgical techniques using laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy are options for certain patients.

At WestVet, assuring your pet’s safety and comfort is a top priority. That is why our surgeons utilize the most modern and safe anesthetics available in veterinary medicine and provide a variety of pain management techniques. This includes continuous rate intravenous infusions (CRI’s) of pain medications, local anesthetic nerve blocks, epidural anesthesia, pain patches, and oral pain medication. While under anesthesia, patients are closely monitored. Twenty-four-hour doctor and nursing care is provided so that recovering pets can be treated for signs of pain. A WestVet veterinary surgeon is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help treat your pet. 


How can a board certified veterinary surgeon benefit your family? Learn more HERE.

Download a general outline of what to expect on the day your pet has surgery at WestVet HERE.


Please see your family veterinarian for a referral for a consultation with a WestVet surgeon. If you have any questions regarding surgery for your pet, contact us at 208.375.1600.