Director of Surgical Services Angell Animal Medical Center Boston, Massachusetts
Veterinary reconstructive surgery had been considered a comparatively small niche in the overall history of small animal surgery. Earlier papers focused on the closure of problematic skin wounds secondary to trauma. Today, reconstructive surgery also plays a critical role in surgical oncology. The variety of flaps and skin stretching techniques available today allows the veterinarian to resect problematic tumors more aggressively in order to better achieve surgical margins. Dr. Pavletic discusses his clinical perspectives on “closing holes” using a number of techniques he has developed over his career.