Different Types of Veterinary Surgical Instruments

The sophistication of the instruments used during animal surgeries have advanced in the last few years. The continued development and refinement of these tools is a factor in the increasing success of surgical procedures, allowing for a wider variety of surgical procedures to be performed. Different types of instruments play specific roles in the surgery process and are used by the veterinarians according to the demands of a situation.

As with the human medicine, some of the most frequently used veterinary surgical instruments include scalpels, forceps, scissors and needle holders. Let’s take a look at these instruments.


The first incision is always made by a scalpel. There are a number of blade varieties and sizes to accommodate many surgical needs. Despite the availability of lasers designed for veterinary surgery, most practitioners still prefer the scalpel because of its ease of use and lower cost.


Scissors are another common surgical instrument and they are available in a variety of sizes, with varying degrees of sharpness and curvature in the tip. Scissors are used more for cutting thick layers of tissue. Veterinarians use them during most surgical procedures, from a simple spay or neuter to more complicated operations.


Veterinarians use several types of forceps, depending on what they need to do during operations. For example, artery forceps are used to tightly clamp off blood vessels. This type of forceps features a serrated blade. Thumb forceps are more tweezer-like in appearance and are typically used to hold tissue together during suturing.

Needle Holders

Needle holders are also used in most animal surgeries because they hold the needle at the right place. They come in a variety of sizes, designs and weights, which makes them useful for delicate procedures. Some also have scissors built in so the surgeon does not need to use a separate instrument to cut the thread.

We offer an extensive range of surgical implants including orthopedic kits. Veterinary orthopedic kit contains all the necessary tools needed for the surgery. All the tools are made from the surgical grade stainless steel.

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