State-Of-The-Art Clinic Offers Specialized Care for Northwest Indiana Dogs and Cats in Highland HIGHLAND, IND.

A new state-of-the-art veterinary facility to exclusively provide personalized orthopedic care, the Veterinary Orthopedic Center (VOC) will open on December 18th with a ribbon cutting. The VOC in Highland has been a long-time dream of Veterinarian Dr. Claude Gendreau, who has served the community for more than 40 years. The center is unique in its exclusive focus on the practice of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation

“Over the years, as I have observed so many advances in all areas of veterinary science, I started envisioning a facility totally focused on treating orthopedic conditions,” said Dr. Claude Gendreau founder of the Veterinary Orthopedic Center.

Dr. Gendreau opened his first clinic in 1976 by the name of Surgical Referral Service at the Veterinary Specialty Clinic (VSC). VSC was one of the first clinics in the country to offer specialized veterinary services outside universities. That clinic became Veterinary Specialty Center which presently employs more than 40 veterinarians and a staff of more than 260 people providing the entire spectrum of Veterinary Care.

The new VOC is located at The Cardinal Campus of Highland, 2215 East Main Street in Highland, Indiana. The center is a state-of-the-art facility providing the most germ-free surgical suites, focused exclusively on orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation and pain management for dogs and cats. The facility includes an aquatic treadmill to target specific muscle groups and improve cardio-pulmonary fitness, laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation and therapeutic ultrasound, massage and exercises to meet patients’ individual needs. Dr. Gendreau contracted with award-winning architects Farr Associates to design a most ecologically benign facility. VOC is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is set to achieve Platinum LEED certification. The VOC team will limit their focus on managing orthopedic conditions.

  • Diagnosing the causes of lameness and alleviating the pain associated with the underlying causes using medical treatments, physical therapy and surgery
  • Repairing fractures and reducing luxations, correcting deformities resulting from abnormal bone growth of various etiologies.
  • Rehabilitation services offering physical therapy

Common orthopedic procedures offered include:

  • Fracture repair
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament repair (TPLO, etc.)
  • Correction of Patella Luxation
  • Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomies (TPO)
  • Procedures for Osteochondritis Dissecans (O.C.D)
  • Procedures for elbow dysplasia
  • Amputations for bone tumors
  • Tendon repair (Achilles, etc.)
  • Arthrodeses (joint fusions)
  • Bone Biopsies
  • Mandibulectomies for tumors of the jaw
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Stem Cell Therapy

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Claude Gendreau was destined to become a veterinarian at a very young age. He grew up in Quebec, observing his veterinarian father; the family lived above his small animal hospital. Dr. Gendreau followed in his father’s footsteps, graduating from Veterinary College, University of Montreal, completing a residency in small animal surgery and earning a Master’s Degree in Surgery at the University of Guelph, Ontario, his father’s alma mater.

After completing his post-graduate studies, Dr. Gendreau accepted the position of Head of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Illinois and achieved board certification in surgery in 1974. He moved to Chicago and founded his first veterinary clinic in 1976. Today the Veterinary Specialty
Center includes more than 40 veterinarians and a team of more than 260 people. As VSC has grown, Dr. Gendreau saw a need for a practice focusing exclusively on orthopedic care for dogs and cats. In December 2018, he fulfilled his dream and opened the state-of-the-art Veterinary Orthopedic Center in Highland, Indiana.