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To make an appointment for specialty surgery: 

Call 952-938-1237, option 6 and leave a message or email




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Our Advanced Surgery Practice (ASP) may be recommended when a case is particularly challenging, or when a procedure warrants additional surgical expertise, specialized equipment, intensive monitoring, and/or detailed aftercare. Our Advanced Surgery Practice offers complex orthopedic and soft tissue procedures in-house, making these often costly procedures more accessible to our community by allowing for tiered pricing and flexible payment options. In fact, the Mission Advanced Surgery Practice is the only service of its kind within a nonprofit veterinary hospital in the Midwest! Whether you are a current client, a new client, or referred from your primary care veterinarian, our Advanced Surgery team strives to provide your pet with the highest standards of surgical care.

Common advanced surgery procedures include:


  • Knee surgery (such as TPLOs)

  • Fracture repair

  • Skin procedures, including mass removals, reconstructive surgery, and wound care

  • Intra-abdominal, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive procedures

Now taking direct referrals for TPLO procedures!


If your primary care veterinarian has determined that your pet has a cranial cruciate ligament injury (ACL tear), our surgeons are happy to review your pet's case details to determine if your pet is a candidate for a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO).


  • Ask your primary care veterinarian to email radiographs and full records to

  • Contact our Advanced Surgery Practice at 952-938-1237 (option #6) for an estimate and to coordinate scheduling.

All clients will be eligible for Mission's tiered pricing and flexible payment options.

At this time, other conditions requiring specialty surgical services must first be evaluated by Mission's Urgent Care veterinarians.

Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons

Our Advanced Surgery Practice is home to board-certified veterinary surgeon

Dr. Heather Hadley, DACVS, who is supported by a dedicated team of certified veterinary technicians and assistants.


We believe that pets deserve the very best care possible! Just as humans are treated by specialists for a variety of reasons, the veterinary profession can also offer care with veterinarians that have advanced training. If your pet develops a condition or injury requiring specialized management, your primary care veterinarian or emergency veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary surgeon.


To become a veterinarian, an individual must first complete a four-year undergraduate degree before advancing to a four-year program at an accredited veterinary school to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Veterinary surgeons, however, complete at least one additional year of internship and then a three-year residency program for extensive training, specifically in the field of surgery.


After completion of a surgical residency, a rigorous certification examination must be passed in order to earn the title of “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or DACVS. The American College of Veterinary Surgery oversees this credentialing process, ensuring that board-certified veterinary surgeons are of the highest caliber.

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