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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