Mobile Veterinary Surgery of Georgia with surgeon Dr. Dennis Tim Crowe, Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, FCCM welcomes the opportunity to provide surgical services to veterinarians and their hospitals. The goal of this service is to perform surgeries at primary care veterinarian’s facilities that would otherwise generally require referral.
I come prepared to do the surgery the day we schedule it. If needing to perform the surgery on an emergency bases I would perform the surgery within the time required for me to get to your practice and set up with the packs needed.
To contact me please call on my cell phone (706-296-7020). If for some reason I do not answer please leave a detailed message with the phone number that you would like me to call you back. As the primary care veterinarian of the pet involved you can also text me (706-296-7920). You can also text me lab work and radiographs with questions on patients you have to get an experienced board certified surgeon’s opinion or estimate for the cost for the surgery required. There is no fee for this service.
Most common orthopedic surgery procedures: TPLO, stifle suture and fascial stabilization, patella luxation correction, hip & shoulder stabilization, fracture reduction and stabilization (plate, pin-wire, external fixature), correction of growth deformities, management of fracture non-unions or malunions, OCD and FHO surgeries and others.
Most common general surgery procedures: Total ear canal ablation, bulla osteotomy, mandibular resections, gall bladder resection and common duct irrigation, many other abdominal surgeries, perineal hernia repair, skin and body wall tumor resection and rotational flap coverage, skin graph preparation and placement, and others.
Neurosurgery procedures: cervical slot and disc removal, hemilaminectomy and disc removal, Note: myelograms for localization of disc herniation or other spinal cord lesions, laser surgery and complementary therapies for pain and recovery are also performed as needed.
Recovery and Follow-up:
In most cases recovery and follow-up is performed at the primary care veterinarian's hospital. If the patient requires continued overnight care its will be up to the primary care veterinarian and the owner as to how best provide this service. Dr. Crowe will be glad to provide recommendations as to options based on his clinical experience as an emergency and critical care specialist as well (as he as many years of experience both in varied private and academic settings). He provides follow-up telephone consults and when needed will also provide follow-up examinations at the primary care hospital . In most cases telemedicine can also be provided using Facetime and the internet.
As one primary care veterinarian said of Dr. Crowes expertise: "With greater than 35 years as a board certified surgeon he has helped me, the pets and the owners by doing surgeries I find more difficult to do myself or I would have had to refer. This has lead to very good outcomes and very often at much less cost to the owners. It’s a very good service". Hilty Burr, DVM, Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital, Young Harris, GA
Summary of advantages for utilizing Dr. Crowe’s surgery services:
1. Primary care veterinarians have a surgeon that can come to their practice who has much experience. whether it be orthopedic, soft tissue, oral or neurologic surgery.
2. By performing the surgery at the local primary care veterinarian’s practice there is less stress for the client and their pet as they do not have to be referred to a different hospital;
3. There is greater continuity with the care that otherwise might be lost if the pet and owner have to go another hospital;
4. Experience has suggested an improved outcome because the pet continues to be cared for by those that are familiar with his/her health. Because of the teamwork with the local veterinarian and staff that is emphasized throughout, from the preoperative assessment through the recovery phase, even more complex surgeries can be done and often more economically as well.
The convenience that this service provides to pet owners and their primary care veterinarians has been noted by many. As stated by one veterinarian “Dr. Crowe provides a very practical solution to me and my clients when I have a pet that needs his expertise as a very experienced and skillful surgeon. He comes prepared to do the surgery with the instrumentation needed, completes the operation using my trained staff and then provides careful follow-up with me. I also really appreciate the kind and compassionate way he treats my clients and their pets.. It's an amazing service.....and he even provides emergency surgery coverage that has literally been lifesaving." Dr Joey Gross, Mars Hill Animal Hospital, Bogart, GA.
Pet Owners Requesting Dr. Crowe's Services -
Please work through your family veterinarian and request that their veterinatian simply call or text Dr. Crowe.
Generally surgical consultations are completed first through a phone call. (Referring veterinarians are encouraged to text or call. Dr. Crowe can also be reached by e-mailing him at MobileVetSurgeryGA@gmail.com, Radiographs, ultrasound images, lab test and biopsy results can also be sent by text or by e-mail. After he reviews the information provided he will call back the primary care veterinarian and discuss the possible surgical needs with him or her. It is encouraged for the primary care veterinarian to fill out a referral form (see referral form page) and send it also back by e mail.
Mission of Mobile Veterinary Surgery of Georgia: To provide the best, most practical and economical surgical care that will allow the pet to return to a quality of life that each of us would want for ourselves.
Mobile Surgeries offered to be performed: General (soft tissue); Orthopedic; Neurologic; Laser and limited Endoscopic Assisted. Please select the "Surgery Procedures" page above to view the types of procedures Dr. Crowe performs.
Dr. Crowe commonly uses a head light and magnification with Loupes in most all the surgeries he performs as this assists in visualization and dissections (see the photo above). He also provides electrosurgery to provide hemostasis and dissection; suction for visualization and irrigation; a 15 Watt Diode Surgical Laser (to assist with hemostasis and dissection when appropriate); and nitrogen powered equipment as required for orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures.
He will need veterinary assistants from the practice when the procedures are performed in the form of anesthesia monitoring and surgical assistance as needed.
Dr. Crowe also welcomes veterinarians to assist during the procedure(s). He enjoys teaching the procedure he is doing and is glad to teach the veterinarian scrubbed in to gain the skill and knowledge necessary to complete them him/herself if elected and this is especially recommended regarding the performance of certian emergency procedures.
Brief Background of Dr. Crowe.
He graduated from Iowa State University with a DVM with honors, completed a 1 year internship at Colorado State University, and a 3 year residency in surgery at the Ohio State University and Riverside Methodist Hospital and then included an instructorship for two years at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit while being a staff surgeon at Westcott Hospital and Animal Emergency Room;
He was then Assistant Professor of Surgery at Kansas State University and helped in the development and building of the small animal emergency and ICU facility and service there.
He then was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Surgery at The University of Georgia. He also helped in nthe development and staffing of the UGA Emergency and Critical Care Services.
He then helped establish and direct the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, WI as well as those in Atlanta (George Veterinary Specialists, and All Pets Emergency and Referral Center), Carson City, NV, and Santa Cruz, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura CA.
He then became Chief of Surgery and Critical Care at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals before expanding his mobile surgical practice in Georgia.
He has been recently honored by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Honored Mentor for his assistance in the training of many veterinary surgical residents over the years; and also received Emeritus status in the College signifying over 30 years of experience as a board certified surgeon; He also recently received the honor as being designated as the Father of Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine" at the 2019 Hyperbaric Medicine International Symposium in Charleston, SC for all his pioneering work in the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in animals.
He is a Founder and Charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and a member in the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.
He developed and was the original publisher of over 50 procedures that are now used throughout the world. Some of these include: Continuous closure of the abdomen; Simple methods of autotransfusion; Nasal oxygen catheter placement and use; Nasogastric feeding and decompression tube placement and use; Chinese Finger Trap technique for securing tubes; Flashing technique for OHE and Miller knot ligation techniques for lung and liver lobe removals, use of Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage for detecting continuing intra-abdominal hemorrhage or sepsis, simple oversew technique for elongated soft palate resection, and nasotracheal tube placement and use for laryngeal dysfunction.
Dr. Crowe has been an invited lecturer throughout the US and the world (having traveled to over 30 countries and giving over a thousand presentations) and has helped train over 50 interns and residents in surgery and emergency and critical care. He continues to enjoy the opportunity to teach, from the high school and pre veterinary student, to the veterinary student and on to seasoned surgeons and emergency and critical care specialists.
He is also a certified and licensed Advanced EMT and NPQ certified firefighter with over 25 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and medical first responder. He is a captian with Oconee County Fire Rescue - Station 7 in Bogart, GA. He is also involved with the training of canine search and rescue, police, fire and disaster medical response teams and is a member of the National Disaster Life-Support Consortium.