Sarah Round, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Sarah Round knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian; therefore, after graduating from Colgate University in 2006, she traveled to Michigan to pursue her veterinary degree. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, where she was awarded the Small Animal Award in Surgery. Her training continued and she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2011. During her internship her love for surgery grew and she knew she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary surgery. By July 2012, Dr. Round had completed a one year speciality surgical internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. In July 2015 she completed a three year surgical residency at Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Center (VSEC) in Levittown and Philadelphia, PA. Following her residency Dr. Round was eager and excited to return to the GSVS family. Sarah became a board certified surgeon in 2018. Dr. Round's surgical interests include hepatobiliary surgery, laparoscopic surgery, urogenital surgery and various orthopedic surgeries including stifle surgery (TPLO) and fracture repair. In her free time Dr. Round enjoys hiking with her husband and their rambunctious mixed breed dog, Ella.


Thomas D. Scavelli, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Founder and Director of Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Scavelli 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.

Allison Rohde Newgent, DVM

Dr. Newgent is a 2015 graduate of University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. Allison completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Newgent has remained at Garden State Veterinary Specialists for a Surgical Internship.

Casey Murphy, VMD

Dr. Murphy is a 2017 graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Casey, a native of Connecticut, received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University. In July 2018, Dr. Murphy completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital, thereafter, Casey joined the surgery department of Garden State Veterinary Specialists and Garden State Veterinary Services as surgical intern.


The Surgery Department accepts referrals on orthopedic, thoracic, abdominal, reconstructive, and neurosurgical cases. GSVServices surgeons utilize the very latest equipment and are proficient in many procedures including Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) and Biometrix hip implant procedures. The hospital is equipped with surgical stapling devices, vessel sealing devices, an intra-operative microscope, digital radiography and fluoroscopy. 

Surgery is 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.

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Fracture repair
  • Cruciate stabilization
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Lateral Suture Technique
  • Total hip replacement
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy
  • Patella luxation stabilization

Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopy is used alone or in combination with other orthopedic procedures to minimally invasively evaluate joints. Arthroscopy allows our surgeons to explore a joint under magnification without the need for large incisions and painful recoveries. Arthroscopy can be used to evaluate most joints. Common procedures include evaluation and treatment of elbow dysplasia, removal of OCD flaps from shoulders and the diagnosis of early cruciate ligament tears.

Thoracic Surgery
Garden State Veterinary Specialists 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
  • Pericardectomy
  • Persistent right aortic arch
  • Patent ductus arteriosus occlusion
  • Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive Surgery
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.

Abdominal Surgery
Abdominal surgeries are one of the most common procedures performed at GSVS. Abdominal surgery is required to treat conditions of the liver, spleen, kidneys, gallbladder, 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. Garden State 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
  • Enterotomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Subtotal colectomy
  • Liver lobectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Cholecystectomy/cholecystoduodenostomy
  • Portosystemic shunt ligation
  • Cystotomy
  • Nephrotomy/nephrectomy

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.

  • Maxillectomy/mandibulectomy
  • Rhinotomy
  • Total ear canal ablation
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Soft palate resection
  • Laryngeal tie back


  • Intervertebral disc surgery
  • Traumatic spinal fracture repair

Regenerative Medicine
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive adjunct used to treat orthopedic conditions in animals. Fat is harvested to allow stem cell extraction. Stem cells are then used to treat orthopedic conditions such as arthritis and polyarthropathy as well as tendon injuries and other ailments.


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