Specialists in Veterinary Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgery

Visit the Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals Surgery Department when your pet requires a specialist. Our surgeons perform a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures incorporating the latest equipment and techniques. We use a multi-disciplinary approach, working in conjunction with your primary veterinarian and our team of specialists to compassionately restore and maintain the health of all patients.

Soft tissue surgery - involves the organs, tissues, and skin, including:

  • Correction of congenital heart defects
  • Excision of tumors involving the spleen, liver, and intestines
  • Removal of foreign materials causing intestinal obstructions
  • Resection of large skin or subcutaneous masses requiring reconstructive surgery
  • Thoracic surgery to remove lung tumors
  • Thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery to decrease recovery time and postoperative pain

Orthopedic surgery corrects disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including:

  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Ruptured ligaments and dislocating patellas in the knee

Our surgeons offer several different techniques for repair of common and disabling injuries including arthroscopic surgery and hip replacement and reconstruction.

See the List of Common Surgical Conditions & Procedures

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Quality Pet Care

During surgery, doctors and technicians closely monitor vital signs including heartbeat, oxygen level, and blood pressure. Afterwards, pets awaken in our heated recovery area for warmth and comfort. Technicians are present during the entire recovery process to ensure patient safety.

Physical rehabilitation may be incorporated to shorten post-surgical recovery time and improve mobility. Each treatment option is presented with the same goals: to reduce discomfort, improve mobility, and maintain the highest possible quality of life.

In cases where surgery is not recommended, we manage acute and chronic issues using non-surgical techniques including stem cell therapy.


From the time Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals first began in 1986, our goals included making emergency and specialty care accessible to all pet owners and basing our recommendations and decisions on the best interest of the client and patient.

Over the years, we developed 24-hour emergency, critical care, and specialty hospitals throughout New Jersey and implemented a complimentary pet transport service, as a benefit to pet owners, shuttling pets to network hospitals for high quality veterinary care.

Now we have taken our service a step further by bringing specialty care to you, the referring veterinarian.

Mobile Services

Board certified surgeon Christopher Thacher, DVM, is leading a mobile surgery practice and performing a wide variety of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures on-site at supporting hospitals, as a supplement to the care offered at Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals. Dr. Thacher’s reputation, along with Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals commitment and desire to share our knowledge, is a guarantee of the professionalism and quality medicine that is extended to your practice and your patients.

This service allows you, your clients, and your patients access to state-of-the-art medicine in a location where your clients already feel safe and comfortable—your veterinary hospital. We know your clients have carefully selected you to care for their beloved pet, and we want them to remain feeling secure. Our mobile surgery service gives you and your clients the guarantee of quality medicine in the comfort of your home environment.

Support Team

To ensure the most comfortable experience for your patient, Dr. Thacher is teamed up with a New Jersey licensed veterinary technician who accompanies him to your practice and assists with all procedures, including anesthesia and recovery.


Dr. Christopher Thacher performs surgical procedures by appointment, Monday through Friday.

To schedule an orthopedic or soft tissue procedure at your veterinary hospital, contact Dr. Thacher at (732) 747-3636.



Board certified veterinary surgeons focus on techniques and technologies to manage complex surgical problems associated with soft tissue and orthopedic abnormalities. In addition to undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, they complete an internship and residency in their specialized field, an additional three to five years of training. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery (DACVS).

Board certified surgeons work together with primary care veterinarians, internists, oncologists, and other specialties to maintain animal health and provide post-operative follow-up care to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.

Meet our Surgery Team