The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine successfully performed a high-risk surgery to remove a skull tumor from Casey and Cindy Vinson of Phenix City’s dog, Scooby.
On Dec. 10, the 1-year-old great dane underwent surgery at the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital to remove the tumor in the upper side of his skull. A 3D model was created to assist the surgeons during the procedure.
The surgery took three hours and was performed by a team of fourth-year clinical students, technicians and faculty under the direction of veterinary oncology surgeons Dr. Brad Matz and Dr. Daniel Linden and resident Dr. Katelyn Hlusko.
Scooby was released from the hospital on Dec. 12 with no complications.
The Vinson family set up a Go Fund Me to raise nearly $6,000 for the procedure’s cost after being referred to the Auburn hospital by the dog’s primary care doctor in Columbus, Georgia.
The family adopted the dog in September from an animal shelter in Atlanta for their daughter, who has Rett syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder. The dog has helped her to broaden her range of movement.
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