Pet Orthopedic Surgery Center

For Your Pets In Idaho and Beyond

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All of Your Pet’s Diagnostic Services Under One Roof

Unlike their human counterparts, our pets can’t communicate the symptoms they are feeling. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we proudly offer all of the essential animal diagnostic services under one roof in our state-of-the-art diagnostic facility. Our veterinarians want to make diagnostic imaging convenient, stress-free, and accessible for all of your pets. Our in-house laboratory is equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology to help our veterinarians make accurate diagnoses and determine the most effective treatment plan for your pet.

If you suspect your pet is a candidate for one of our diagnostic services, connect with your trusted animal center in Ketchum, proudly serving our friends and neighbors in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Billings, and beyond.

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Types of Orthopedic Pet Surgery Procedures We Offer:


    Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO Surgery)

    Total Hip Replacement (THR Surgery)

    TATE Elbow Replacement® Surgery

    Total Ankle Replacement Surgery (TAR Surgery)

    Spinal Surgery (With Myelogram)

    Fracture Repairs

    Arthroscopic Surgery

    Patellar Luxation Surgery

    Achilles Tendon Repair

    Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL)

    Joint Fusion


    Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) of the Shoulder

Pet Orthopedic Surgery Center

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Keeping Your Pets Healthy, Happy, and Active

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are proud to offer a variety of orthopedic procedures that include Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Total Hip Replacement (THR), TATE Elbow Replacement ®, TATE Canine Total Ankle Replacement (TAR), Spine Surgery with Myelogram, Fracture Repairs, and Arthroscopic Surgery. Other frequently performed procedures include surgical correction for Patellar Luxation, Achilles Tendon Repair, Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL), Joint Fusion, Amputation, and Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) of the Shoulder.

Why Choose Sun Valley Animal Center?

We pride ourselves in providing exceptional pet care for dogs and cats. Our pet surgeries are performed by compassionate, experienced, and highly trained veterinary surgeons who care deeply about your pet’s health and well-being. Headed by Dr. Randy Acker, our team of renowned pet surgeons is made up of some of the best vets in their field so that we can provide you and your pet with unmatched care. 

Get To Know Our Medical Director of Pet Surgery  

A graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Randy Acker, has been the owner and medical director of Sun Valley Animal Center since 1982. Dr. Acker’s special interests are in medical and surgical care for the sporting and working dog. Dr. Acker's special interest in orthopedics has become an essential part of his practice, and his orthopedic skills have made Sun Valley Animal Center a national referral center for several orthopedic surgical procedures.

Dr. Randy Acker’s focus has been in pet surgery with a particular emphasis on canine orthopedics. By attending multiple orthopedic courses over the years, Dr. Acker has obtained the skills to achieve excellence in orthopedic surgery. Courses attended by Dr. Acker include Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair through Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA).  Additionally, Dr. Acker attended and taught at several Total Hip Replacement (THR) Courses including the BioMedtrix THR and the Kyon THR (Micro and Nano Hip Systems).  

Dr. Randy Acker’s Commitment to Educating Others:

Dr. Randy Acker began performing TPLOs following Cranial Cruciate Rupture in dogs the early 1990′s, after learning the TPLO technique from Dr. Barclay Slocum, who developed this procedure. In his more than 30 years in practice, Dr. Randy Acker has performed thousands of TPLO procedures, and has taught at multiple TPLO courses.  As a passionate veterinary surgeon devoted to teaching others, Dr. Randy Acker has mentored and passed his knowledge and surgical experience on to his daughters, Dr. Amber Acker-Sanborn and Dr. Maggie Acker-Buck  at Sun Valley Animal Center.

As a dedicated pet surgeon and life-long educator, Dr. Randy Acker has been an instructor eight times at the Kyon Total Hip Replacement course. The Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) certified Dr. Acker as an instructor for Total Hip Replacement (THR) courses.

Sun Valley Animal Center is top three in the world for case volume in the BioMedtrix Canine Total Hip Replacement (THR).

Dr. Randy Acker’s interest in orthopedics has led him to multiple orthopedic patents, invitations to lecture worldwide, and the development of the TATE Elbow, as well as TATE technology, for a Total Ankle Replacement in dogs. Dr. Acker has taught numerous TATE Elbow courses. The TATE Elbow was developed and named after the Acker Family’s yellow lab, Tate, who suffered from severe elbow arthritis. 

Compassionate Pet Surgery

Sun Valley Animal Center team aims to treat patients as if they are our own pets. If you think your pet is a candidate for any of our orthopedic pet surgeries, please call 208-726-7777 to schedule an appointment, or reach out to us using our online form. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are proud to provide exemplary pet care to help your pet live a long, healthy, happy life. Contact us today.







Commonly Performed Orthopedic Procedures at SVAC:

  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) 
  • Total Hip Replacement (THR) 
  • TATE Elbow Replacement®
  • Surgical Correction of Luxating Patella
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL)
  • Total Ankle Replacement (TAR)
  • Joint Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery with Myelogram
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) of the Shoulder 
  • Fracture Repairs 
  • Arthroscopic Surgery


We Offer a Wide variety of Diagnostic and surgical procedures

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We Offer a Wide variety of Diagnostic and surgical procedures

Excellent Service

I've had 40 years experience with the Acker Family and I am very happy with the service they provide for us and the community!

-Shawn M. - Ketchum, ID

Best Veterinary Care

We love your staff!  Very knowledgeable!  Always helpful!  Always responsive!

- Shelly H. -San Francisco, CA

Highly Recommended!

Every single person that I have ever interacted with and the Sun Valley Animal Center has been attentive, professional, caring and extremely helpful. I feel very well taken care of by everyone at the clinic!! I recommend the Sun Valley Animal Center to everyone, always!

- Jim D. - Seattle, WA