What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?
All veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their practice, including routine procedures such as neuters and spays. For illnesses or injuries that often involve complex and advanced surgical procedures, many primary care veterinarians will refer pets to a board-certified veterinary surgeon. “Board-certified” is a distinctive credential that means that following veterinary school, a veterinarian has chosen to continue their education through extensive training and rigorous examinations in a particular field of study, such as surgery. This additional training includes at a minimum a 12-month internship, followed by three years in a focused residency program that meets the stringent guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Additionally, two board exams must be passed, and research must be performed and published in a scientific journal. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the doctor is awarded ‘Diplomate’ status. A Diplomate of the ACVS has credentials denoted as DACVS and can now be referred to as a “board-certified surgeon” or simply, a “surgeon.” Other specialties, such as Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Dentistry, Radiology, etc., have a similar process to earn a Diplomate status.
Preparing for Your Appointment
  • Before making an appointment with our specialists, you must request a referral from your pet’s primary veterinarian. He or she may call us or send a brief note

NOTE: ***A referral is not necessary if seeing our urgent care service***

  • Please ask your primary doctor to fax/email your pet’s records prior to the appointment and/or bring a copy of all pertinent information [e.g. records, radiographs, blood test results, etc].
What to Expect During Your Surgery Consultation?
  • A licensed veterinary technician or senior veterinary assistant will first greet you and your furry
    companion by curbside to ask some routine health questions and gather additional information.
  • We will then take your pet inside for a thorough examination by our Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon.
  • Our surgeon will then come to your car-side to discuss your pets’ plan for diagnostic and treatment
    options, listen to any concerns you may have, ask additional pertinent questions, and discuss when to
    book your pet’s surgery.
  • It may be recommended that some patients have emergency surgery the same day of the appointment if
    deemed necessary, but most of our patients will have surgery scheduled for a future date or possibly the
    following day.
  • You will receive a reminder call the day before your pet’s surgery to ensure your pet has properly fasted
    prior to and to answer any further questions or concerns you may have before your pet’s surgery day.

How to reach us during regular business hours, after-hours and on weekends:

  • Regular business hours: Call our main line at 704-672-5590 or send an email to the surgery service. Messages received after 5 pm will be returned the following day.
  • After-hours (after 5 pm): Ask to speak with a doctor or assistant (urgent care available until 6 pm), leave a message, or send an email.
  • Weekends: We currently do not offer weekend hours. Please direct your calls to your primary doctor or to one of the hospitals that we recommend for after-hours care:
    • Carolina Veterinary Specialists (CVS) in Matthews: 704-815-3939
    • Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE): 704-457-2300
Surgeries offered at Skyline include, but are not limited to:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Abdominal surgery – exploratory laparotomy, gastro-intestinal surgery (foreign body, gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), etc.) splenectomy, cholecystectomy, portosystemic shunt attenuation, hernia repair,
    various abdominal organ biopsies, abdominal mass removal, liver lobectomy
  • Head/Neck/Upper airway surgery – total ear canal ablation (TECA), bulla osteotomy, parathyroidectomy, thyroidectomy, salivary mucocele (sialocele) removal, laryngeal tie-back, brachycephalic airway surgery
  • Skin/Reconstructive surgery – mass removals, anal sacculectomy, mastectomy, wound care and wound flaps
  • Thoracic surgery – lung biopsy, lung lobectomy, mediastinal mass removal, pericardiectomy, PDA ligation, PRAA transection.
  • Laparoscopy/Thoracoscopy – (coming soon!))

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Cranial cruciate ligament repair with lateral suture or TPLO
  • Patellar luxation correction
  • Fusion of joints (arthrodesis)
  • Femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO)
  • Closed and open hip reductions
  • fracture repairs (open/closed reduction and stabilization with metal implants)
  • Luxation repairs

Treatment options and procedures currently referred to other hospitals:

  • CT/contrast or MRI
  • Other specialty services such as oncology

If there is any question regarding a referral, please contact us to speak with a surgery team member to discuss and clarify.

For Pet Families

Our team has put together helpful resources and information specifically for pet families. Click here to learn more.

For Veterinarians

To learn more about referrals to our specialty veterinary hospital, click here. We look forward to working with you!

Compassionate veterinary care for the pets of Matthews, NC and beyond.

The Skyline Veterinary Specialists & Emergency team is here for you and your pets throughout every stage of their lives. From specialized to urgent care, we’ll be here for you when you need us most.

Contact Info

Phone: 704-672-5590
Fax: 704-565-4215


Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat-Sun: Closed

Urgent Care

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 12:00 am


2440 Plantation Center Dr.
Matthews, NC 28105

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