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We offer a variety of orthopedic pet surgeries.We offer orthopedic surgery for pets.

Keeping Your Pets Healthy, Happy, and Active

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are proud to offer an array of orthopedic pet surgeries that include Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Total Hip Replacement (THR), TATE Elbow Replacement ®, TATE Canine Total Ankle Replacement (TAR), Spine Surgery with Myelogram, Fracture Repairs, and Arthroscopic Surgery. Other frequently performed procedures include surgical treatment for Patellar Luxation, Achilles Tendon Repair, Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL), Joint Fusion, Amputation, and Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) of the Shoulder.

Why Choose Sun Valley Animal Center?

We pride ourselves in providing exceptional pet care for dogs and cats. Our pet surgeries are performed by compassionate, experienced, and highly trained veterinary surgeons who care deeply about your pet’s health and well-being. Headed by Dr. Randy Acker, our team of renowned pet surgeons is made up of some of the best vets in their field so that we can provide you and your pet with unmatched care. 

Get To Know Our Medical Director of Pet Surgery  

A graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Randy Acker, has been the owner and medical director of Sun Valley Animal Center since 1982. Dr. Acker’s special interests are in medical and surgical care for the sporting and working dog. Dr. Acker’s special interest in orthopedics has become an essential part of his practice, and his orthopedic skills have made Sun Valley Animal Center a national referral center for several orthopedic surgical procedures.

Dr. Acker’s Background

Dr. Randy Acker’s focus has been in pet surgery with a particular emphasis on canine orthopedics. By attending multiple orthopedic courses over the years, Dr. Acker has obtained the skills to achieve excellence in orthopedic surgery. Courses attended by Dr. Acker include:

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair through Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • And many others  

Additionally, Dr. Acker attended several Total Hip Replacement Courses including:

  • BioMedtrix THR
  • Kyon THR (Micro and Nano Hip Systems)
  • Bone plating
  • Arthroscopy
  • External fixation
  • And many others

Dr. Acker’s Commitment to Educating Others

Dr. Randy Acker began performing TPLOs following Cranial Cruciate Rupture in dogs the early 1990′s, after learning the TPLO technique from Dr. Barclay Slocum, who developed this procedure. In his more than 30 years in practice, Dr. Acker has performed over 10,000 TPLO procedures, and has taught at the TPLO course.  As a passionate veterinary surgeon devoted to teaching others, Dr. Acker has passed his knowledge and experience on to his daughters, Dr. Amber Acker-Sanborn and Dr. Maggie Acker-Buck, both of whom are a part of the surgical team at Sun Valley Animal Center.

As a dedicated pet surgeon and life-long educator, Dr. Randy Acker has been an instructor eight times at the Kyon Total Hip Replacement course. The Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) certified Dr. Acker as an instructor for Total Hip Replacement (THR) courses. Sun Valley Animal Center is third in the world for volume in the Canine Total Hip Replacement.

Dr. Randy Acker’s interest in orthopedics has led him to multiple orthopedic patents, invitations to lecture worldwide, and the development of the TATE Elbow, as well as TATE technology, for a Total Ankle Replacement in dogs. Dr. Acker has taught numerous TATE Elbow courses. The TATE Elbow was developed and named after the Acker Family’s yellow lab, Tate, who suffered from severe elbow arthritis. Dr. Randy Acker mentors and shares his skills and veterinary interests with his two daughters, Dr. Amber Acker-Sanborn and Dr. Maggie Acker-Buck who are working with him at Sun Valley Animal Center. 

Compassionate Pet Surgery

Sun Valley Animal Center team aims to treat patients as if they are our own pets. If you think your pet is a candidate for any of our orthopedic pet surgeries, please call 208-726-7777 to schedule an appointment, or reach out to us using our handy online form. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are proud to provide exemplary pet care to help your pet live a long, healthy, happy life. Whether you are in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Billings, and beyond, we are here to help you and your pet. Contact us today.

Commonly Performed Orthopedic Procedures at SVAC:

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) 

Total Hip Replacement (THR) 

TATE Elbow Replacement®

Surgical Treatment of Luxating Patella

Achilles Tendon Repair

Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL)

Total Ankle Replacement (TAR)

Joint Fusion

Spinal Surgery with Myelogram

Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) of the Shoulder 

Fracture Repairs 

Arthroscopic Surgery