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. Allison Rohde Newgent is a 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal rotating internship, a surgical internship, and a surgical residency at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Newgent has a wide variety of surgical interests in both general and orthopedic surgery including fracture repair, cruciate ligament repair, wound management and soft tissue reconstruction.
The Surgery Department accepts referrals on orthopedic, thoracic, abdominal, and reconstructive cases. GSiVS surgeons utilize the very latest equipment and are proficient in many orthopedic procedures including Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO), Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO) and fracture repair. The hospital is equipped with surgical stapling devices, vessel sealing devices, laparoscopy, ultrasonography and digital radiography.
Surgeries are 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
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
- Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
- Lateral Fabellar Suture Technique
- Triple pelvic osteotomy
- Patella luxation stabilization
- Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
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
- Tumor Removal
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.
- Wound repairs
- Open wound management
- Limb amputation
- Digit Amputation
- Tail Amputation
- Mass removals
- Skin flaps and grafts
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, urinary 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
- Septic Abdomen
- Hernia Repairs
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
- Brachycephalic airway surgery – Soft palate resection and stenotic nares
- Laryngeal tie back
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a minimally invasive adjunct used to treat orthopedic conditions in animals. The PRP is harvested in the hospital from the patient’s own blood. The PRP is injected the same day to treat orthopedic conditions such as arthritis, tendon injuries, ligament injuries and other ailments.