About VSC


Dr. Scott Rose, DVM, DACVS-SA is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and the Chief of Surgery at VSC. Dr. Rose leads a highly skilled support staff that have extensive training in surgery and advanced anesthesia techniques to ensure your pet is safe while they are in our care.

VSC was established in 2016 as a specialty surgery practice with a goal of improving the level of medicine in the greater Sarasota-Bradenton region. Our practice is client-centered: you are the decision-maker for your pet’s care thus we strive to give you all the information you need in order to make the best decision. The thought of a pet undergoing surgery is a scary thing for most owners. Our goal is to keep you informed and remove as much of the fear as possible. Dr. Rose will offer the best course of action for your pet and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Often times surgery may not be the best choice for your pet; you will never feel pressured into making a decision to pursue surgery.

VSC has the only specialty hospital in Manatee and Sarasota counties with a Physical Rehabilitation Service. Our rehab team is here to help your pet’s recovery from surgery, improve their physical condition, slow down a degenerative disease, or help build additional strength.

We have also introduced additional advanced imaging tests. VSC now has an on-site CT scanner, the only such unit in Manatee County. VSC also offers fluoroscopy (a full-motion x-ray unit) to allow us to provide multiple minimally invasive procedures; we are the only veterinary hospital in the greater Sarasota-Manatee region to offer this.




Following veterinary school, a veterinarian pursuing a specialty in surgery will undergo further training to become a specialist. They must complete an internship, a three-year residency, publish research in a scientific journal and pass a rigorous examination in order to become Board-Certified. Surgery specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or referred to as a “Board-Certified Surgeon”.

With advancements in veterinary surgery, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons separated small and large animal residencies. Small animal surgery residents focus their training and skills exclusively on surgical diseases of small animals while large animal residents train on horses and farm animals. Small animal surgeons are distinguished by additional acronyms, SA, following their diplomacy status. At Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota, our surgeon Dr. Scott Rose is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal.


In addition to a Board-Certified Surgeon’s specialized training, surgeons have access to state-of-the-art facilities, advanced equipment and offer a higher level of expertise in surgical diseases, helping to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet. Similar to human surgical centers, veterinary surgeons typically employ veterinary technicians with additional training in areas such as anesthesia monitoring and pre and post-operative surgical care. By seeing the most challenging and complex cases on a day to day basis, surgeons can provide pet owners with many options (some of which may not be available from your primary veterinarian) and help you determine the best treatment for your pet.



Seeing a specialist does not mean you will no longer be working with your primary veterinarian. The primary veterinarian that you see regularly focuses on the day-to-day needs of your pet(s), and for some complex surgical cases, your vet may refer you to a surgeon. Board Certified Surgeons collaborate with your primary vet and work closely with you and your vet before and after surgery. This team approach ensures continuity of care for your pet.

Due to the high level of specialization, a surgeon relies on your primary veterinary practitioner for many aspects of the recovery and treatment. Following surgery and the post-operative recovery, your primary veterinarian will take over care for your pet.

Additional information about veterinary specialties and the American Board of Veterinary Surgeons can be found at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Board of Veterinary Specialties, or VetSpecialists.com.





8033 Cooper Creek Boulevard,
        #101, University Park,
        Florida 34201


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