VMP surgical suites are available to all qualified investigators
with approved surgical protocols on file. The area is under the
direct supervision of the VMP Director. Surgery must be scheduled
at least 48 hours in advance with the Surgical Technician. It is
the responsibility of the investigator to make necessary
arrangements with the surgery technician prior to the day of
surgery so that all items needed are identified, in stock,
sterilized and ready.
Consultation for the selection of anesthetic and analgesic is
available through the VMP Director. Selection should be made with
consideration given to special characteristics of the species, the
agent and the nature of the procedure. A qualified individual
responsible for the anesthesia should be present at all times
during surgery. VMP can supply technical support for anesthesia if
desired at a charge of $27.00 per hour. Anesthetic and post
operative care records must be kept on all animals and made
available to the attending veterinarian. Provisions for close
observation of animals recovering from anesthesia are the
responsibility of the investigator.
All surgical procedures performed in the VMP surgery facilities
are accomplished with strict adherence to sterile techniques. Caps,
surgical masks, shoe covers and clean surgical attire are worn at
all times in the Operating Room (OR).
Monitoring during anesthetic recovery and post surgical care is
the responsibility of the investigator. VMP employees will assist
with monitoring during normal working hours. Emergency veterinary
assistance is available 24 hours a day.