Welcome to Sierra Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Thank you for visiting Sierra Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, your partner for exceptional veterinary specialty care, including soft tissue, oncologic and orthopedic surgery. Sierra Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center serves clients throughout Northern Nevada, including Carson City, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. We invite you to learn more about our services, staff and facility.


Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Cricoarytenoid laryngoplasty - tie-back procedure for laryngeal paralysis
  • Extraluminal tracheal stenting for tracheal collapse
  • Soft palate resection and stenotic nares correction to treat breathing problems in short nosed dogs
  • Lung lobectomy and removal of intrathoracic tumors and masses
  • Portosystemic shunt attenuation
  • Gastrointestinal surgery including removal of gastrointestinal tumors
  • Adrenalectomy

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy - Minimally invasive spay procedure
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy – for prevention of canine gastric dilatation and volvulus
  • Thorascopic pericardial resection – for treatment of pericardial fluid accumulation
  • Thorascopic lung and mass biopsy collection
  • Arthroscopic evaluation and treatments for knees, shoulders, elbows, and other joints
  • Laparoscopic thoracic duct ligation for chylothorax


  • Hemilaminectomy for thoracolumbar intervertebral disc compression
  • Cervical decompression and stabilizations
  • Lumbosacral decompression and stabilization procedures

Oncologic Surgery

  • Removal and reconstructive surgery for large or aggressive tumors
  • Abdominal and thoracic tumor resection – liver, spleen, lung, kidney, and other locations
  • Partial mandibulectomy and maxillectomy for intraoral tumors
  • Cyto reductive surgery prior to planned radiation therapy

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Advanced trauma and fracture management
  • TTA and TPLO
  • Total joint arthroplasty (joint replacement) for hips, elbows and knees
  • Arthroscopic evaluation and treatment for knees, shoulders, elbows, other joints

Internal Medicine

  • The specialty of internal medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical conditions
  • This includes gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, immune and endocrine systems
  • Caring for patients with acute, sometimes life-threatening illnesses and patients with complicated and chronic issues
  • Endoscopic procedures involving the intestinal tract, respiratory tract, urogenital tract and nasal passages as well as retrieval if intestinal foreign objects
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It's been a few years since I had to take any of my dogs to Sierra Vet Specialists. When my previous vet coldly stated my dog must have cancer and we should just chop her leg off - I wasn't convinced and decided I needed a surgical biopsy of the lump on her leg. My vet had no desire to do so. I called Sierra Vet Specialists because they'd previously helped with another dog of mine. Not only were they completely up front and honest- but sincere and compassionate, too. My dog had a fatty tumor and did not need amputation at all. Anytime I've needed to use them- even if the results weren't happy ones- I've been satisfied with the compassion and expertise. Would highly recommend.
Maya Sherman
Sierra Veterinary Specialist is by far the best 24 hour care in this area that you can give your pet. Let's face it nobody wants to or is prepared for the financial obligations of a sick or injured pet after hours. When my two dogs and my daughters puppy got into some old rat poison that I had stored in a box in the garage, they took my dogs overnight and gave the the proper treatment and I was able to pick them up the next day. I called in the morning to check on them, I was told by one of the front desk people that the dogs had done good through the night and the doctor would call me shortly which they did do. It was somewhat expensive but they told me upfront what to expect the costs would be. Thank you S.V.S staff for saving our dogs.
John Jennings
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