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Small Animal Surgery - Soft Tissue

The soft tissue section in the Small Animal Surgery section offers “state of the art” care for animals undergoing surgery at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

Following a referral from your veterinarian, you may schedule an appointment for your animal by calling our reception staff at (765) 494-1107 between 8am and 5pm Monday thru Friday. 

Service hours

The soft tissue surgery section performs elective surgery on Mondays, receives cases Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and performs surgery daily.

In case of after-hours emergencies, please call the closest veterinary emergency center or call our emergency service at (765)-496-7911.  

About Our Staff

Soft Tissue Surgeons:

Dr. Gary Lantz, D.V.M., DIPLOMATE ACVS, DIPLOMATE AVDC, Section Chief

Dr. Lynetta Freeman, D.V.M., M.S., M.B.A., DIPLOMATE ACVS

Dr. Kathy Salisbury, D.V.M., M.S., DIPLOMATE ACVS

Small Animal Surgery Residents:

Dr. Daniel Duffy

Dr. Rebecca Lee

Dr. Marine Traverson


Jolene Knuth, RVT

Ashley Lathrop, RVT

Cassandra Simmons, RVT

Heather White, RVT

Nicole Wilds, RVT

Common Conditions Treated & Procedures Offered

Our soft tissue surgeons perform abdominal surgery to obtain tissue for biopsy and treat condition of the abdominal organs such as the stomach, liver, intestine, pancreas, bladder, and kidneys.  We routinely perform surgery on the skin, head and neck, upper airway, heart, and lungs.  

Advanced dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures are performed by Dr. Gary Lantz, who is board certified in both small animal surgery and veterinary dentistry.

Elective surgery, such as routine ovariohysterectomy, castration, and declaw procedures are performed by senior veterinary medical students under faculty supervision.   

Many of the above surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive surgery.

Special Equipment/Technology

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Current Research Studies

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