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.
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.
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.
The orthopedic surgery service sees appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays and performs surgery on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Meet Our Staff
- Gert Breur, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS
- Andy Law, BVetMed
- Sarah Malek, DVM, DACVS-SA
- Mark Rochat, DVM, MS, DACVS
Small Animal Surgery Residents
Orthopedic Service Floor Technician
- Wendy Hernandez, RVT
- Eric Zamora, RVT
Gait Analysis Lab Technician
- Kris Kazmierczak, RVT
- Jessica Bowditch, RVT
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.
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:
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
- CORA-based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO)
- Tibial Epiphysiodesis
- Suture-based techniques
- Patella Luxation
Treatment options include correction of luxation; combined with angular limb deformity corrections if needed.
- Hip dysplasia
- Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
- Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
- Total Hip Replacement (THR)
- Hip Denervation
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
- Gait Analysis Laboratory
- Image Guided Fracture Repair
- Physical Rehabiliation