Laboratory for Animal Gait Analysis

Mission

To facilitate the use of gait analysis in animals ranging from cats to sheep for clinical, research, and teaching purposes.

Vision

To make instrumented gait analysis a robust tool that facilitates the diagnosis, treatment, planning, recovery and monitoring from disease or perturbation, both for clinical and research purposes. 

Analysis Conducted

The laboratory has the capabilities to perform force (kinetics), motion (kinematics), and paw pressure analysis. It is designed for simulatneous collection of kinetic and kinematic data.

People

A large group of clinicians from the small animal orthopedics service, soft tissue service, neurology service, oncology service, and anesthesiology service use the gait laboratory for both clinical and research purposes. The laboratory is managed by a dedicated, full-time technician.

Impact and Unique Features

A unique feature of our laboratory is its association with clinical specialty services (small animal orthopedics and neurology, including physical therapy). Instrumented gait analysis is available for outpatients of the orthopedics and neurology services and all hospitalized patients seeing any of the specialty services.

The present focus of the laboratory is on instrumented gait analysis of individual dogs. We are generating validated, reliable reference intervals for gait in canines of any size, weight or breed. With these reference intervals, canine gait laboratories will be able to conduct meaningful instrumented gait analysis on individual dogs regardless of the dog's weight and conformation. 

Clinicians can use this information to establish a diagnosis, including differentiation of orthopedic and neurological disease; to help with the development of a treatment plan; or to measure treatment outcome. Researchers may use the reference intervals to provide enhanced strength to their studies due to the ability to evaluate the gait of individual dogs of the experimental group as well as comparison of the experimental and a control group. 

We have used instrumented gait analysis to measure outcome of several surgical and non-surgical treatments and recently started studies to identify indications for physical therapy following surgical procedures. The laboratory also serves as a training facility for pre-vet, DVM, RVT, masters and doctoral-level graduate students who assist in and conduct various studies.

Gert J. Breur (Director) | Kris A. Kazmierczak (Manager) | 765-494-1107 | AnimalGaitLab@purdue.edu 

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

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