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Surgical Support

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 $30.00 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.