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The Surgery Department at CEVET receives patients referred by general and emergency veterinarians for evaluation and surgical treatment of soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgical cases.


Your veterinarian may refer your pet to see a surgery specialist for evaluation of an unusual or complicated medical condition.  Our surgeons will work closely with your veterinarian to obtain a diagnosis and establish an appropriate treatment plan.


Drs. Mongil and Trappler evaluate new patients by appointment Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Patients that are candidates for surgery can be admitted the same day or may be offered a surgical appointment for a later date. Surgical cases are scheduled five days a week. 

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give us a 24-hour notice. We will be happy to reschedule.

Your Pet's First Visit

Patients are seen by appointment only. Appointments with any of our specialists can be made by calling the reception desk at (787) 708-4545.


When you arrive at CEVET, you will be greeted by one of our receptionists who will assist you in completing the registration form.  You can download the registration form here and complete at home or please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete all necessary paperwork. It is essential that you bring all relevant information from your primary veterinarian, including copies of recent laboratory tests performed, radiographs, and medications previously prescribed.


Dr. Mongil or Dr. Trappler and one of the Surgery Department veterinary technicians will obtain a medical history, review the radiographs and laboratory tests done by your veterinarian and perform a complete physical examination on your pet.  A diagnostic and treatment plan will be established and carefully discussed with you.   


If surgery is recommended for your pet, your pet may be admitted the same day for surgery. Alternatively, our staff will schedule your pet for a future surgery date. If any additional testing is required prior to surgery, we will work with you to get these tests completed. Many of the laboratory tests are performed in house and the results are available within hours.

How to send us your pet's records:
You or your veterinarian can send medical records via email at cevet@coqui.netf

Patients Scheduled for Surgery:
Please do not feed your pet after midnight the day before surgery (water is OK). If your pet is on medications, please ask the doctor if these medications should be given prior to surgery. Please bring your pet to CEVET at the scheduled time.


If your procedure is scheduled on: 
Monday, Tuesday or Friday arrive at 8:30 am
Wednesday or Thursday arrive at 10:00 am 


Please bring your pet's medications or any special diet. 


A daily schedule of procedures will be established by the Surgery Department staff.   As soon as your pet is out of surgery and recovered, Dr. Mongil or Dr. Trappler will contact you and give you an update on your pets condition.  It is important that you are available by phone on the day of surgery, in case we need to contact you.


Patient Discharge Information
Most patients are discharged the day after surgery, provided that they are recovering as expected.  If you have not already spoken to a technician owners are asked to contact CEVET by 10:30 am the day after surgery.


Discharges for surgical patients are typically scheduled between 2:00 and 5:30 pm. Upon discharge, you will receive written and verbal instructions on how to take care of your pet at home.  You will also receive the medications that your pet will need.  In rare cases, you will be given a prescription to be filled at a local pharmacy.


Your veterinarian will receive a complete referral report of what was done to your pet while at CEVET.  This report is sent via electronic mail even before your pet has been discharged from the hospital.  In this report, your veterinarian will get a copy of the laboratory results, radiographic findings, surgery reports, and medications prescribed. 

Please ask all the questions you have before you leave.  If you have further questions once you get home, feel free to contact us.  If you have an emergency and cannot reach us or your regular veterinarian, please call the local emergency hospitals immediately.  

patients admitted for surgery
Your Pets first visit- surgery
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