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New York pet hospital specializes in high-tech treatment

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Veterinarian Philip Fox mounts a heart monitor on the side of Oliver, a golden retriever, at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dec. 10, 2012.

John Moore, Getty Images — The non-profit Animal Medical Center, established in 1910, has 80 veterinarians in 17 specialty services that treat up to 40,000 animal visits annually. Clients bring in their pets from around the country, and world, to the teaching hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side for specialized high-tech treatment. The American Pet Products Association estimates that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2012, $14 billion of that in veterinary care alone.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images made available to NBC News on Dec. 14

Anesthesiologist Patty Fontana calms Cody, who had been sedated to take x-rays of his hip, at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dec. 10.

Veterinarian Josh Steinhouse retrieves surgical instruments while operating on a dog at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dec. 12. A team of veterinary specialists removed bladder stones from the pet during the surgical procedure in the hospital's $3.5 million hybrid operating suite, the only one of its kind in the U.S.

A bearded dragon stands under a heat lamp before receiving an ultrasound test for pregnancy at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dec. 12.

Veterinarian Laura Proietto speaks with a pet owner about his dog's condition at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dec. 12.

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