Soft Tissue Surgery

The Soft Tissue Surgery Service is overseen by our board-certified faculty, who specialize in treating problems of the chest and abdomen and external parts of the body as well as performing diagnostic evaluations of surgical candidates.


One morning, the normally active Jasper only made it as far as the stairs, where he laid down. And he refused to eat his breakfast.

Willy Hale

Willy Hale had a growth on his chest removed some years back. When the tumor grew back and a biopsy showed cancer, the Hales brought him to Tufts.


Bailey developed a lump in his chest that grew from the size of a baseball to something more like a volleyball. The mass scraped the ground, preventing Bailey from walking.


Dakota's owner came home one day to find the boxer walking around like he was lost and very uncomfortable. His abdomen was swollen and he subsequently vomited.

Advanced Techniques

The soft tissue surgery service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is overseen by our board-certified faculty, who specialize in treating problems of the chest and abdomen and external parts of the body. In addition to surgery, the service also performs diagnostic evaluations of surgical candidates.

Common conditions addressed by soft tissue surgeons include exterior masses, serious wounds, upper airway and oral cavity diseases, surgically resectable benign and malignant tumors and surgical conditions of the heart, lungs and other internal organs.

Use of advanced techniques for postoperative pain control is an important focus of the service. Postoperative monitoring by critical care veterinarians is available on a 24-hour basis for patients that require it.

The hospital also offers an Orthopedic Surgery Service, for surgery of the bones and joints, and a Neurology and Neurosurgery Service, for patients requiring surgery of the nervous system.

Advanced Techniques

Advanced Techniques

  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy, gastropexy, liver biopsy
  • Thoracoscopic pericardiectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgeries:
  • Complex oncologic (cancer) surgery
  • Limb sparing surgery for bone cancer
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Surgery of the biliary tract
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Complex gastrointestinal surgery
  • Surgery for ectopic ureters and ureteral calculi
  • Ureteral stent placement
  • Surgery for patients with conditions requiring specialized anesthesia or analgesia, patients with coagulation disorders, and patients with significant concurrent diseases
  • Reconstructive surgery for patients with major skin loss resulting from cancer or trauma
  • Management of challenging wounds, including vacuum-assisted closure

Our doctors

  • Jessica Baron

    Jessica Baron
    Small Animal Surgery

  • R. John Berg

    R. John Berg
    Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Ryan Birks

    Ryan Birks
    Small Animal Surgery

  • Raymond K. Kudej

    Raymond K. Kudej
    Clinical Soft Tissue Surgery, Ischemia Tolerance

  • Emilee Luckring

    Emilee Luckring
    (Small Animal Rotating Intern)
    Small Animal Surgery

  • Abigail Mariano

    Abigail Mariano
    Small Animal Surgery

  • Robert McCarthy

    Robert McCarthy
    Clinical Orthopedics and Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Whitney Phipps

    Whitney Phipps
    Small Animal Surgery