Your pet is booked in for surgery and this can be a worrying time for you and your family. Be assured that at Hills Veterinary Centre we are committed to making your pet's stay with us as safe and stress free as possible. We use the most modern and safest anaesthetics and monitoring equipment and staff undergo regular training in anaesthetic monitoring.

We are able to perform the majority of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery in clinic. Occasionally, the complexity of the surgical procedure required may mean that your pet's surgery is best done in the hands of a specialist surgeon - we have good relationships with a number of specialist surgeons that we know and trust. Your vet will be able to advise you if this is required.


Soft tissue surgery

Soft tissue surgery includes any surgical procedure that does not involve bones. For example, desexing, exploratory laporotomies, caesareans, lump removals, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal foreign bodies - the list is endless!

A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Some lumps may require a biopsy prior to removal to help understand whether they are cancerous or not. This information assists us in planning the surgery accordingly to give your pet the best possible outcome. Once they have been removed we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis.

Although most lumps are benign (not harmful), a minority are more serious (malignant). In the case of malignant (cancerous) tumours, early removal and an accurate diagnosis is extremely important to maximise the chances of a good outcome.

If you find a lump or bump on your pet please make an appointment to visit one of our veterinarians to discuss any surgery your pet may require.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery encompasses any surgery that is related to bones or joints. It includes procedures such as fracture repairs, ligament repairs and spinal surgery to name a few.

Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform certain orthopaedic surgical procedures that your pet may require.

These may include:

- Cranial cruciate ligament repair

- Medial patella luxation surgery (for kneecaps slipping in and out)


Complicated orthopaedic cases, such as spinal surgery, will need to be referred to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. Our veterinarians will assess each case individually and provide the best advice for you and your pet.


Just as humans can get dental disease, so can our pets!


We offer a range of dental services from dental checkups, to scale and polishes through to surgical extractions.


Click on the following link for more information on dental disease.