Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery Service

The orthopedic service in the Small Animal Surgery section offers "state of the art" care for animals undergoing diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH).

Following a referral from your veterinarian, you may schedule an appointment for your animal by calling our reception staff at 765-494-1107 between 8am and 5pm Monday thru Friday. In case of after-hours emergencies, please call the closest veterinary emergency center or call our emergency service at 765-496-7911.

For more information on our current research studies, please visit Purdue Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Clinical Trials.

To expedite your visit to the VTH for an orthopedic surgical consultation or procedure for your dog or cat, please complete the appropriate form(s) below, print the forms, and bring them with you to your visit.

First Visit Forms

Please download, complete, print, and bring the following forms for your initial visit.

All Other Visit Forms

Please download, complete, print, and bring either of the following forms for all other visits.

Dr. Mark Rochat, clinical professor of small animal orthopedic surgery, with the female wallaby whose dislocated hip he repaired. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca Wilcox)

Using a device called a Tightrope™, a Purdue Veterinary Medicine small animal surgery team recently treated the dislocated hip of a female wallaby from Lafayette's Columbian Park Zoo.


Read more about Lil Bub's Visit to the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Veterinary surgeons in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) came to the aid of a very special cat, performing an especially delicate surgery that will enable Lil BUB to continue delighting her host of fans.


Service Hours

The orthopedic surgery service sees appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays and performs surgery on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Meet Our Staff

Technical Staff

Orthopedic Service Floor Technician
  • Wendy Hernandez, RVT
Technician Supervisor
Gait Analysis Lab Technician
Rehabilitation Technician
Operating Room Technicians

Common Conditions We Treat & Procedures We Offer


  • Advanced imaging (CT, MRI) for diagnosing complex fracture.
  • Treatment options offered include but are not limited to plating, interlocking nail fixation, and external skeletal fixation using open or minimally invasive approaches.

Joint Conditions

Common diseases of young dogs including osteochondrosis of various joints (e.g. shoulder, elbow, knee or hock), elbow dysplasia, and end stage joints (unfixable fractures, severe arthritis) are treated with a variety of techniques depending on the condition including arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery, joint resurfacing techniques such as SynACART™ (PDF), total joint replacements including total knee replacement (TKR) and total hip replacement (THR), corrective osteotomies, and joint fusion (arthrodesis).

Specific conditions of knee joints:

Treatment options include correction of luxation; combined with angular limb deformity corrections if needed.

Angular Limb Deformities

Correction of growth deformities in growing and mature patients using osteotomy/ostectomy techniques, bone plates, or external skeletal fixators.

Special Equipment and Services

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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