In the case that your pet needs routine or urgent surgery, trust East Springfield Veterinary Hospital to provide exceptional treatment and animal care in the Western Massachusetts area. Our advanced surgical and anesthetic protocols are designed to maximize safety and ensure patient comfort and total pain management. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to giving your pet the finest care available from our careful choice of medications, to our state of the art monitoring equipment.
Dr. Andrew Hersman
Dr. Hersman has been performing surgery since graduating from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He honed his surgical skills through an internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialist in Rhode Island, where he specialized in emergency and critical care. He stays abreast of the latest surgical techniques through extensive annual seminars.
Dr. William Anderson
Dr. Anderson began his surgical experience during his studies at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated with honors in 2006. He attends continuing education yearly in order to provide the most innovative care for your pet.
Becky Beaulieu, Veterinary Technologist
Bethany Decoteau, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Our two most senior technicians are also intimately involved with your pet's surgery. Becky is a graduate from Quinnipiac University, BS in Veterinary Technology. She also worked at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center- WNE for 7 years. And, Bethany Decoteau graduated from University of Augusta, Veterinary Technology, LVT. Bethany joined our well-qualified team after working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for 8 years.
Johannah McCarthy, Veterinary Technician
Johannah graduated from Holyoke Community College, Veterinary and Animal Science 2004, and worked at ESVH from 2005 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014, she worked as a dental technician for a large, 24 hour emergency/specialty hospital in Washington DC. There, she gained vast knowledge in dental specialty care. Currently, Johannah works closely with our doctors assisting with surgery as well as dentistry procedures.
Pre-surgical Medication and Catheterization
Prior to the actual surgery, our experienced technicians are preparing the doctor's specific plan. There is no single strategy for the job. The medications we administer prior to the surgery are designed to keep pets calm and comfortable, and to minimize stress to the patient. Pre-surgical medication lessens the pain for your pet, both during and after the procedure. The right tools and medications are tailored to the pet and type of procedure beforehand. You can be assured that your pet is receiving one on one care with a seasoned veterinary team.
Intravenous catheterization is an important safety tool during surgery. It helps to maintain circulatory function with fluids for the duration of the procedure, and allows us to deliver intravenous medication as we need. This is helpful in maintaining hydration and blood pressure during anesthesia.
Anesthesia and Monitoring Equipment
East Springfield Veterinary Hospital takes great pride in the care that we give to our patients. Our anesthetic, Isoflurane, has proven its value in human medicine. We are able to adjust the levels separately from the oxygen levels for maximum control. Comfortable, heated, water beds will keep the patient's body temperature normal during the procedure. Every step is performed with your pet's safety and smooth recovery in mind.
Our top of the line monitoring equipment allows us to quantify exactly what is happening with your pet's body at all times during the operation. We use both the newest monitoring technology such as pulse oximetry, blood pressure, end tidal CO2, and electrocardiograms, and of course the knowledge of our expert veterinarians and staff.
Post-Surgery Recovery and Pain Management
A warm blanket and the reassuring voices of our staff is how your pet will comfortably wake up. As the doctor speaks with you over the phone regarding the surgery, our highly trained surgical technicians keep a constant watch on your dog or cat.
Reducing the amount of pain with medication will also help your pet to recover more quickly. Every animal will receive specific discharge instruction as well as medications to help him or her heal as quickly as possible. We will check in with you the next day to ensure that everything is going well.
Call us today for more information on our pet surgery services. 413.739.6389. We look forward to improving your pet's overall health.