Welcome to Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center
in Omaha, NE

We are happy to welcome you to the official website for Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center. Our referral-only small animal clinic specializes in orthopedic procedures that help pets just like yours enjoy renewed comfort, mobility, and health. Our orthopedic team in Omaha, NE regards your pets as natural athletes who make extensive use of their bodies in their everyday lives, from engaging in athletic competitions to simply leaping off of the couch at home. Whether your animal is a professional athlete with an injury or a faithful old companion fighting age-related aches and pains, we can help.

Woman playing with her dog outside.

You may have noticed that our logo is a modified depiction of the constellation Canis Major. But even though our name and logo feature Sirius, the "Dog Star," rest assured that we care for cats and other four-legged athletes as well. We treat each and every patient with the same mix of advanced skill and compassionate care that we would want for our own pets.

Meet Our Orthopedic Veterinarians in Omaha

When your pet is in need of specialized orthopedic surgery, then they need our orthopedic veterinarians in Omaha. Sirius Vet's doctors, Christopher Horstman, Desmond Tan, and Dirsko von Pfeil, have spent many years being trained and educated in all things surgery, and have developed a passion for veterinary orthopedic rehabilitation and surgical techniques. All of our doctors are happy to share their expertise and many years of training with your family veterinarian, and help you with your four-legged athlete's orthopedic concerns.

Services Offered at Our Orthopedic Vet Clinic

Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center can provide consultation, bracing, orthotics, and a wide range of surgical options to repair, remodel, or even replace damaged joints. Our orthopedic team can help your pet with conditions such as:

    • Fractures
    • Injuries or degeneration in the patella (kneecap), cranial cruciate ligament, meniscus and other knee components
    • Hip dysplasia or luxation
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Joint infections
    • Elbow deformities, fractures, or soft tissue injuries
    • Carpal fractures and other injuries
    • Shoulder injury, developmental disorders, and instability
    • Bone cancer, degenerative conditions, or injuries

Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center is conveniently located near West Dodge Road and Interstates 80 and 680. Once we have performed the necessary orthopedic surgery here at our vet clinic, we may refer your pet to a physical therapy/rehabilitation facility for post-operative care. This arrangement allows us to offer your pet a complete recovery solution for their orthopedic condition. 

Looking for an Orthopedic Veterinarian near Omaha?

If your current veterinary clinic hasn't yet referred you to a skilled orthopedic veterinarian near Omaha or the surrounding area, ask for a referral to Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center. In the meantime, explore our website in detail to learn more about our many services, and feel to contact us at 402-934-1332 with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping your pet overcome their orthopedic challenges!

Meet our Surgical Veterinary Team

Learn more about our experienced Veterinary Team

  • Emily G.
    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Bio coming soon.

  • Michaela R.
    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Michaela grew up in Omaha, where she has lived most of her life. She’s always loved animals, especially the ones that are shy and take longer to warm up to people. Michaela has two years experience working in a veterinary setting and has enjoyed many other years in human health care. She is passionate about making people feel welcome and serving others.

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  • Brittany R.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Brittany was born and raised in Norfolk, Ne. She graduated from Northeast Community College and became a licensed technician in 2012. Before joining Sirius, Brittany traveled the Midwest working in Iowa and Kansas.

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  • Rachel B.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Rachel grew up and still currently lives in Crescent, Iowa. She’s known that she’s wanted to help animals since she was in kindergarten. She finally made those dreams happen in 2017 when she started her journey to become a veterinary technician and later graduated from Iowa Western Community College in 2019.

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  • Hannah M.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Hannah, is an Iowa native who grew up around cattle, dogs and cats. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals.

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  • Desmond Tan
    Staff Surgeon

    Dr. Desmond Tan grew up in Singapore, and graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He then pursued specialty training in New York City and Washington DC.

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  • Chris Horstman

    Dr. Chris Horstman is the founder and Chief of Staff for Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center. He was born in Creighton, Nebraska (northeastern Nebraska). His love for animals began at an early age; during visits to his family’s farms.

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  • Dirsko von Pfeil
    Dr.med.vet., DVM, DACVS-SA, DECVS, DACVSMR
    Surgery Locum

    Dr. Dirsko von Pfeil is an internationally recognized triple-board certified orthopedic surgeon for small animals who holds the honor of being an American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS) Founding Fellow in minimally invasive surgery.

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  • Chelsea S.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Chelsea grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and she grew up knowing that she would go to school for veterinary medicine. After high school she worked at a few different veterinary clinics and began her path to becoming a licensed veterinary technician.

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  • Rachel H.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Rachel and her family moved from Kansas City, MO to Omaha, NE when she was 10 years old. Since moving to Omaha she has lived the good life. She attended Millard North High school and after receiving her diploma went straight to Vaterott College, where she obtained a veterinary technician degree.

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  • Amanda O.
    Veterinary Technician Assistant
    Amanda grew up in Gretna, Nebraska, and moved to Lincoln after graduating high school. She began working at the Nebraska Animal Medical Center as a veterinary technician assistant, while attending UNL for pre-vet.
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  • Breann B.
    Veterinary Technician Assistant
    Bre is a Midwest girl who has lived in Nebraska since she was nine. In 2004 she and her husband moved to Colorado, where she began her career with pets. While living there she obtained her Certification in Dog Behavior (dog trainer) and also worked as a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant at a Veterinary specialty clinic.
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Meet The Sirius Vet Team

Learn more about our friendly Customer Care Team

  • Morgan H.
    Customer Care Representative

    Morgan comes to us with over 15 years of customer care experience. She takes great pride in helping clients and always providing the best customer service care.

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  • Jessica H.
    Clinic Administrator
    Jessica was born in Los Angeles, California. Her love for animals began at a young age. She fed every stray in the neighborhood and was always asking her parents if she could bring home more four-legged friends.
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  • Kendra B.
    Customer Care Representative

    Kendra is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She grew up with Scottish Terriers, a Corgi-poo, cockateels, finches, and more fish than anyone in her family ever wanted. 

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What our clients say about us

  • "We are so thankful to have been referred to this clinic after our dog’s leg injury. They were very thorough and caring during the whole process (from initial consultation to post op appointments). During surgery (and the night following) they kept me updated via text on Lollie’s condition which I was so grateful for. The facility is beautiful, comfortable and clean and the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Can’t recommend them enough 💕"
    Vanessa S.
  • "⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+⭐️
    We would recommend Sirius to anybody that’s dealing with any ACL / TPLO surgery for their fur babies. The front desk and staff was amazing. While Cleo was in surgery and overnight, we received text messages and pictures on her progress. Dr. Horstman was a lifesaver. He was very thorough explaining the procedure and called directly after it was complete. They put our mind at ease throughout this entire process. We’ve been home for about an hour and she is resting peacefully and has even tried walking a few times. THANK YOU, Sirius!"
    From the Jones household!
  • "10 out of 5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    My dog has had two TPLO surgeries, his second was done with Dr. Horstman and the whole experience was outstanding! The front staff were so amazing as well as the entire vet staff! I cannot express enough how much I would recommend Sirius Vet! From start to finish they were so thorough and so patient with me and my fur baby. They stayed in contact with me via text the entire time which eased my mind. I could text anytime for an update, even after hours their overnight medical team would send me pics and detailed updates to reassure me my baby was just fine. Thank you so much Sirius Veterinary for taking such great care of my fur baby! Flynn is home and relaxing!"
    Lauren B.
  • "Pre-Surgery: I felt at ease from the moment I walked in the door. Greeted by staff who were professional, knowledgeable and caring. Dr. Horstman examined my dog during the consultation, verified her injury and explained (in detail) everything about the needed surgery. He was professional, kind and caring. I felt confident that my dog would be in very good hands. Post Surgery: Dr. Horstman showed me the before and after x-rays and reviewed the surgical procedure they had performed. He went over everything I needed to know for post surgical care at home. The technician that did the discharge instructions was very thorough and knowledgeable. All in all a VERY good experience, under the circumstances."
    Elizabeth S.
  • "I have just had the best experience with my baby girl. Casey had arthroscopic surgery and torn tendons were found in her rt. shoulder. Dr Horstman and every single person I encountered at Sirius was compassionate, knowledgable, helpful, and went beyond the necessary.
    Dr. Horstman called when he completed her surgery and gave me his findings. Casey had to stay overnight and a vet tech texted me a very detailed report of her evening and I found it extremely comforting.
    I cannot say enough good things about the clinic and I love our hometown vet Dr. Stevenson for suggesting this place."
    Gail C.
  • "I can't thank you enough for fixing my favorite running companion. My 5 year old boxer had torn two tendons in her knee. Dr. Horstman and his entire staff were kind and efficient. Her knee is now fully functional and we are working on building her miles back up. So pleased!"
    Kelly L.
  • "The thought of our fur baby needing surgery was very scary, however, Dr. Horstman & the staff at Sirius went above and beyond what I expected. From explaining everything in depth to the updates throughout the day, you really put my mind at ease. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Pooky is snuggled on the couch and on the road to recovery now! Thank you!"
    Ashley G.
  • "Fabulous caring staff and they provide excellent care! We are lucky to have such a great practice in the area! Thanks for working with rescues to help us help the ‘underdogs’!"
    Stacy P. of SNAFU rescue


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