Surgery

Our veterinarians and technicians at FCVERH are trained and experienced in performing common emergency surgeries. In the event of an advanced surgery, a surgical specialist is called in or the patient is referred to a surgical specialty center.

For cases requiring a specialist, or for elective orthopedic surgery, we are fortunate to have numerous board-certified surgeons to perform surgery. Surgeon choice depends on availability, schedule, cost, and client preference. Under the supervision of Dr. Wright, our board-certified anesthesiologist, our anesthesia technicians closely monitor anesthesia and are prepared for any intra-operative issues that arise.

Common Surgeries Include:
  • -Pyometra OHE
  • -Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV)
  • -C-Sections
  • -Splenectomy
  • -Gastrotomy, Enterotomy
  • -Intestinal Resection and Anastamosis
  • -Amputation
  • -Eye proptosis repair/ Enucleation
  • -Reduction and temporary fixation of fractures and luxations
  • -Degloving wounds
  • -Emergency Cystotomy
Dr. Kevin McAbee - Board-Certified Surgeon

Dr. Kevin McAbee - Board-Certified Surgeon

DVM, DACVS

Originally from California, Dr. Kevin McAbee first came to Colorado in the mid 1990s after graduating from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo to attend the world-renowned program at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He earned his DVM in 1999 and has been a passionate veterinarian ever since.Following vet school, Dr. McAbee went on to complete general and surgical internships in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Florida before being accepted into one of the best and most rigorous small animal surgical residencies in the country at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. After an intensive three years in New York, he stayed on staff for an additional fellowship year teaching other surgical residents and honing his skills. Dr. McAbee returned to Colorado after finishing his residency and became board-certified in small animal surgery in 2006. He has been practicing the art of surgery along the Front Range of Colorado for most of his career.

After helping hundreds of animals and their owners over the past decade as a small animal surgeon at busy specialty hospitals along the Front Range (with a short stint in Michigan to be closer to family), Dr. McAbee launched Spire in 2015. His mission is to provide specialty veterinary surgery with excellence, the highest ethics, and great compassion, without his patients or their owners having to leave the comfort and trust of their family veterinary practice.

Dr. McAbee considers himself extremely fortunate to be a veterinary surgeon, and he treats each patient with the veterinary knowledge, respect, and concern he would show his own pet. His years of experience have led him to understand that every animal—and every animal’s medical situation—is unique. With each dog or cat he meets, he strives to establish a connection, and he works with their primary veterinarian to provide the treatment that is best for that patient and their specific circumstances.

Dr. McAbee has extensive experience in all aspects of veterinary surgery including orthopedic, neurologic, and oncologic surgery. He also has advanced training in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery such as arthroscopy and has published and lectured nationally on this topic. In addition to TPLO and other orthopedic procedures, Dr. McAbee enjoys the challenge of oncologic surgery and has years of experience in this extremely difficult subset of veterinary surgery.