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LIVS at a Glance

Facility and Staff

  • Facility size – 30,000 square feet
  • Number of Specialty/Referral departments - 13
  • Staff size -150+
  • Exam rooms - 12
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Pioneering and Unique Features, Equipment, and Treatments at LIVS

  • One of only 2 private practices in the country with a 3.0 Tesla MRI onsite for advanced diagnostics
  • Only specialty hospital regularly using Thermography as a diagnostic modality with two specialists who are Diplomates of the American College of Clinical Thermology
  • Skilled and equipped to handle emergencies for dogs, cats and exotic animals including birds, rabbits, reptiles and other pocket pets
  • Leading-edge cancer therapies available including brachytherapy, a form of radiation
  • Comprehensive physical rehabilitation department including advanced expertise in paralysis and integration of mobility support equipment
  • Neurosurgical equipment includes a stereotactic brain biopsy system – a minimally invasive procedure to obtain samples of brain tissue for diagnostic purposes with the help of MRI, CT and 3D computer workstations
  • Pioneers in cataract surgery – LIVS’s ophthalmologist, Dr. Sapienza, was the first to implant an injectable, foldable intraocular lens in dogs to remove a cataract
  • Radioiodine (I-131) - Licensed by New York State to allow for the shortest radioiodine hospital stay (3-day release criteria) for treatment of hyperthyroid cats   
  • Integrated Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) for on or offsite retrieval of digital images        
  • Performed the first successful corneal transplant on dogs and cats in Long Island
  • Leaders in glaucoma therapy: Dr. Sapienza was the first person in the Northeast to perform endolaser on animal patients. He pioneered the usage of Nd:YAG and diode lasers in dogs as well as the usage of gonioimplants (glaucoma shunts in animals)

For more specific treatment options and unique offerings, please visit the specialty and referral services pages.

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