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South Wilton Veterinary Group is an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, dedicated to the highest standards of care for each surgical patient. Fewer than 10% of the veterinary hospitals in North America are able to meet these stringent standards. Our veterinarians have advanced training to perform a wide range of surgeries, from standard spay and neuter to more complex procedures.
For additional safety under anesthesia, a technician constantly monitors heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and blood oxygen levels. A skilled veterinary technician monitors the patient until he or she is fully alert and recovered from anesthesia.
For a successful recovery, pre- and post-surgical pain management in animals is critical, and it is our belief that no animal should suffer needlessly.
Your veterinarian can anticipate the level of pain associated with surgery. We expect that the level of tissue trauma increases the potential for your pet to experience post-operative pain, however, even minor surgical procedures are painful and will include a pain management plan.
Each year, millions of homeless dogs and cats are killed in shelters. Spaying or neutering your pet prevents unwanted litters and helps reduce this homeless pet population.
A board-certified specialist is available to perform complex orthopedic surgeries. We have a board-certified avian specialist on staff trained to perform surgery on birds and other exotic animals – a unique benefit for our feathered patients. We also offer the services of visiting veterinary specialists at our hospital.
Learn more about these visiting veterinary specialists at South Wilton Veterinary Group.
Dr. Petrie is a world-renowned visiting cardiologist and sees patients at the South Wilton Veterinary Group approximately once per week.
Dr. Petrie was a staff cardiologist in the Department of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York for almost 11 years. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1994. Following veterinary school, he completed his internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield, Michigan. Prior to completing his residency, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac physiology and interventional cardiology at the Robarts Research Institute, University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Petrie then traveled to New York to complete his residency in veterinary cardiology at The Animal Medical Center in 1996. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology since 1999.
Dr. Petrie has a specific interest in echocardiography and feline cardiomyopathies. He continues to lecture both nationally and internationally and to be actively involved in clinical research projects; he has published several articles and book chapters while continuing to be active in this aspect of his career.
Dr. Heyman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his B.A. degree in 1983 and his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) in 1987. After graduation, he completed an internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He achieved board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1993.
Dr. Heyman is the owner of Surgical Care Specialists and visits our hospital when we have surgical patients that need his expertise. He performs complex soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.
Dr. Linnetz is a Connecticut native, having grown up in Burlington. He graduated from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After completing an internship and four years of private practice in the greater Boston area, Dr. Linnetz completed a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, leading to board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine. In 2007, he started his mobile ultrasound practice, Western Connecticut Veterinary Specialty Services, and also purchased Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital, a primary care small animal hospital in Bristol, Connecticut founded by his father in 1976.
Dr. Linnetz currently lives in Newtown with his wife, two children, and Dexter, his dog and ultrasound traveling companion. In their free time, the Linnetz's enjoy hiking, spending time with family, and skiing.
All of our veterinarians take a special interest in the surgery of exotic pets, including reptiles and small mammals such as ferrets, rabbits, and rodents. With South Wilton Veterinary Group, you can be confident that every patient's safety and well-being is our primary concern, whether your pet is undergoing a simple surgery or requires a more complex procedure.