Minimally Invasive Procedures

The Minimally Invasive Procedures program offers cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic options to companion animals and equine patients from vascular stenting to laser-assisted and camera-guided surgery to high-intensity focused ulstrasound (HIFU) and procedures that block the flow of blood to cancerous tumours or deliver targeted doses of chemotherapy.

OVC has been offering minimally invasive procedures for more than a decade. The program will provide opportunities to develop new techniques that not only benefit animal patients but humans as well.


Dr. Brigitte Brisson: Professor; Diplomate, ACVS

  • Minimally invasive surgery (Laparoscopy and Thorascoscopy); Interventional procedures (tracheal, ureteral and urethral stenting, subcutaneous ureteral bypass, vascular procedures such as intrahepatic portosystemic shunt attenuation); Neurosurgery; Cardiothoracic surgery

Dr. Alice Defarges: Associate Professor

  • Non invasive interventions to treat urinary tract diseases in small animals including lithoripsy, urereral stent placement, new renal biomakers for feline and canine kidney diseases; Optimization of capsule endoscopy in dogs; Hemodialysis and Plasmapheresis applications in small animals; Broncho-alveolar lavage in dogs and cats (Standardisation of the methods); Bone marrow sampling for dogs and cats (sternal, humeral and iliac)

Dr. Michelle OblakAnimal Health Partners Research Chair in Veterinary Medical Innovation; Associate Professor; Diplomate ACVS; ACVS Fellow of Surgical Oncology

  • Translational research; Comparative oncology; Innovative methods for staging and treatment of dogs with cancer including sentinel lymph node mapping, image guided therapeutics, and 3D printing and rapid prototyping for surgical planning and reconstruction

Dr. Ameet Singh: Associate Professor; Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS); ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery - Laparoscopy / Thoracoscopy, Soft Tissue Surgery, Surgical Site Infections

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