Founder and Director of Garden State Veterinary Specialists. He is a 1982 graduate of The New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Following graduation, Tom completed an internship and 3 year surgical residency program at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became a Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987 and headed a surgical service at The Animal Medical Center for 6 years. He established a surgical referral practice (Veterinary Surgical Specialists) in 1990 which has evolved into Garden State Veterinary Specialists. In 2012 he opened a 24/7, emergency/critical care hospital in Iselin, NJ, Garden State Veterinary Services. Dr. Scavelli opened GSiVS in the spring of 2016.
Dr. Roelof Irausquin is a 1999 graduate of the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a small animal rotating internship in 2000, a surgical internship in 2002, and a surgical residency in 2005, all at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Irausquin became a Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. His surgical interests include orthopedics and surgical oncology.
Dr. Kirsch graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and completed her clinical year at Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Center in Toronto in 2015 and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in 2018. Her professional focus includes soft tissue and orthopedic surgery including minimally invasive and reconstructive surgery.
The Surgery Department accepts referrals on orthopedic, thoracic, abdominal, reconstructive, and neurosurgical cases. GSiVS utilizes the very latest equipment and are proficient in many procedures including Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) and Biometrix hip implant procedures. The hospital is equipped with surgical stapling devices, vessel sealing devices, an intra-operative microscope and digital radiography.
Surgery is scheduled according to the urgency of the patient’s condition; priority is given to critical patients and fracture cases. Referring veterinarians are updated on the condition of the patient post-operatively. Written reports detailing the patient’s diagnosis, treatment and prognosis are also sent.
- Fracture repair
- Cruciate stabilization
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
- Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
- Lateral Suture Technique
- Total hip replacement
- Triple pelvic osteotomy
- Patella luxation stabilization
Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services is fully equipped to perform open thoracic surgery. Ventilators and state of the art anesthesia equipment allows our surgeons to open chests for procedures such as lung tumor removal, esophageal or thoracic duct surgery and even cardiac procedures. Thoracoscopy can be performed for minimally invasive procedures. Postoperatively our thoracic patients receive 24 hour nursing care in the ICU to ensure a comfortable and safe recovery.
- Lung lobectomy
- Persistent right aortic arch
- Patent ductus arteriosus occlusion
- Reconstructive Surgery
Traumatic wound care is a common occurrence in most veterinary hospitals. Large wounds that require surgical debridement or special closures involving skin flaps or grafts are commonly sent to our hospital. Removal of large tumors can also require skin reconstructive procedures to help close the wound once the mass is removed.
Abdominal surgeries are one of the most common procedures performed at GSiVS. Abdominal surgery is required to treat conditions of the liver, spleen, kidneys, gallbladder, bladder and pancreas. Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening condition that requires emergency surgery to derotate and tack the stomach to prevent occurrence in the future. Gastrotomy or enterotomy may be performed to remove ingested foreign bodies. Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services is also equipped to perform laparoscopic procedures such as liver biopsy to minimize the size of incisions and maximize comfort during recovery.
- Intestinal resection and anastomosis
- Subtotal colectomy
- Liver lobectomy
- Portosystemic shunt ligation
Head & Neck Surgery
Just like people, animals suffer from a variety of conditions involving the head and neck. Oral tumor removal, tonsillectomy, soft palate resection and laryngeal procedures all require advanced surgical procedures involving the head and neck. Masses in the ear or chronic ear infections may require ear canal removal and/or bulla osteotomy.
- Total ear canal ablation
- Ventral bulla osteotomy
- Soft palate resection
- Laryngeal tie back
- Intervertebral disc surgery
- Traumatic spinal fracture repair
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive adjunct used to treat orthopedic conditions in animals. Fat is harvested to allow stem cell extraction. Stem cells are then used to treat orthopedic conditions such as arthritis and polyarthropathy as well as tendon injuries and other ailments.