Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral

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Your Local ACVS Veterinary Surgery Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery • Soft Tissue Surgery


Trust the veterinary specialists at Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral if your pet needs advanced surgery not routinely performed at your regular veterinarian. Our veterinary surgeons specialize in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, including knee injuries and hip dysplasia. Dr. LeeAnn Blackford is a board-certified ACVS veterinary surgeon and has performed more than 2,000 TPLO repairs for ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). 

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With overnight monitoring, outpatient surgeries, and state-of-the-art orthopedic and anesthetic monitoring equipment, you can be sure that your pet is in excellent hands. Contact our veterinary surgical specialists in Knoxville, Tennessee, for your pet's orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Specialty Surgical Procedures

Orthopedic Surgery Includes:

  • Torn ACL     TPLO Repair
  • Fracture Repair
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bone Plating

Soft Tissue Surgery Includes:

  • Ear Canal Ablation
  • Skin Grafting
  • Tumor Removal
  • Abdomen
  • Chest
  • Head & neck

• • • • About Our Veterinary Specialists

Dr. LeeAnn Blackford graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After 4 years in general practice, Dr. Blackford completed a 3-year residency program in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997. Dr. Blackford has been performing referral surgery in the Knoxville area since 1986, where her specialty is in orthopedic surgery.


 Dr. D.J. Krahwinkel graduated from the University of Kentucky and completed his veterinary degree at Auburn University in 1966. He completed his masters degree at Michigan State University in 1973. He has been a Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences since 1975. Dr. Krahwinkel is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters in his specialty of soft-tissue surgery. He is a highly respected speaker and has given scientific presentations all over the world.

Our caring and compassionate surgeons have been performing advanced surgeries for more than 35 years, and we look forward to serving you.

If your pet needs advanced surgery,
Ask your veterinarian for a referral to a board-certified ACVS veterinary surgeon.

Service Area:
Georgia, North Carolina,
East Tennessee,
& Kentucky

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, & Friday,
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
By Appointment Only