BluePearl Pet Hospital
Columbia, SC


Pet surgery by BluePearl.

Precision care for what matters most – helping your pet live a longer and better life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience an emergency or condition that requires surgery can be stressful. Fortunately, our veterinary surgery team is made up of experts in performing complex procedures using the latest state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, and we’re here to help. 

Our commitment is not just to delivering highly advanced surgical care; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has a condition or injury that requires advanced care and procedures, you’ll have an entire surgery team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Cancer
  • Chronic diseases like ear or respiratory tract infections
  • Congenital conditions like dysplasia or heart defects
  • Emergencies like swallowing a foreign body
  • Hernias
  • Trauma or injuries, including fractures, ligament and tendon injuries

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Biopsy
  • Radiography (x-rays)
  • Ultrasound

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our surgery team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Orthopedic surgery (for the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons)
  • Soft tissue surgery (for non-bone tissues and internal organs)

Our board certified specialists and surgery team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our surgery team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Amanda Rathgeber


On the job

Dr. Amanda Rathgeber has been exclusively practicing veterinary surgery for over seven years. She finds orthopedics, tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomies (TPLO), medial patella luxation (MPL) repair, fracture repairs, hip dysplasia management and osteoarthritis management the most gratifying to treat.

  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, Levittown, PA
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver, CO
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Lander University, Greenwood, SC
Off duty

Dr. Rathgeber enjoys spending time with her husband and son, spoiling their dog, Hagrid, and two cats, Stitch and Knuckles. She loves cheering on the South Carolina Gamecocks year-round!

Michelle Waschak

Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery

On the job

Dr. Michelle Waschak has been practicing soft tissue and general surgery for over 22 years. She is an active member of four different veterinary societies and organizations, including a foundation that provides veterinary care for pets of senior citizens and others who are in need.

Dr. Waschak enjoys operating in all fields of soft tissue surgery, including oncology, elective cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, companion dermatologic interventions (ears and skin lesions) and wound care and closure procedures. She finds it gratifying to conduct elective, minimally invasive procedures for therapeutic and preventative surgeries.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Science, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Tennessee Avenue Animal Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
Off duty

Dr. Waschak has been in a committed relationship for over 22 years and shares her home with two dogs, a rottweiler named Doyle and a rescue pit bull named PG, a rooster named Master Roo, a lovebird named Maggie/Sir. Chirpsa-lot and a flock of ducks.

What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the surgeon, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make a consultation appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis and treatment plan options together.
  • If appropriate, we’ll schedule your pet’s procedure and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home. 

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.