Our world class orthopedic care is rooted in six distinctive services: Surgery, Revision, Diagnostics, Emergency, In-hospital Care, and Rehabilitation.


The orthopedic service at MSU currently offers both cemented and cementless Total Hip Replacement using implants from Biomedtrix, a worldwide leading company in prosthetic joint design. Total hip and total knee replacements are indicated in cases of severe osteoarthritis unresponsive to non-surgical therapy. These procedures are also recommended in the treatment of luxations (hip) or as revisions of failed TPLO (knee). We also offer both cemented and cementless Total Knee Replacement with Biomedtrix implants.

Total Hip Replacement (THR): We offer both cemented and cementless total hip replacements for treatment of osteoarthritis due to hip dysplasia or other causes.

Total Knee Replacement (TKR): We offer total knee replacement for treatment of severe osteoarthritis of the stifle.

Total Elbow Replacement (TER): We offer total elbow replacement for treatment of elbow osteoarthritis non-responsive to more conservative therapies.

Total Ankle Replacement (Future): We plan to offer total ankle replacement in the near future once preclinical trials of a new prosthetic design have been completed.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO): We offer the TPLO for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA): We offer TTA as an alternative treatment for cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

Extracapsular stabilization: We offer extracapsular stabilization for treatment of cranial cruciate rupture.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS): Minimally invasive procedures under intra-operative radiographic and or arthroscopic guidance, are currently used at MSU for the treatment of a variety of fractures including: 1) long bone fractures, 2) articular fractures in adults and pediatric patients, 3) peri-articular fractures (femoral neck, tibial plateau), 4) sacro-iliac luxations, and (5) select cases of cranial cruciate repair.

Pediatric Trauma Surgery: In addition to the conventional and minimally invasive treatment of growth plate (Salter-Harris) fractures, MSU offers novel surgical techniques, such as elastic plate osteosynthesis (EPO) for the treatment of long bone fractures in growing dogs and cats. This novel approach reduces the risk of implant/bone failure in soft immature bone and optimizes bone healing and functional recovery.

Arthroscopy: We offer arthroscopic surgery for treatment of certain joint conditions (e.g., OCD [shoulder, elbow, stifle], FCP [elbow], and cranial cruciate rupture). Arthroscopy provides a means for minimally invasive joint surgery. Instead of using one large incision, several smaller incisions (known as “portals”) are made in specific areas within the joint. These portals permit the insertion of the arthroscope. The arthroscope is a camera with a fiber-optic light source that allows the surgery to visualize structures in a joint with magnification. Instruments are inserted into other portals that allow the surgeon to treat areas of disease within the joint. Arthroscopy is a diagnostic tool, as well as a therapeutic tool.

Fracture Repair: We have a complete array of Synthes bone plating equipment (including locking plates), interlocking nail (ILN) equipment, IMEX external fixators, and circular ring fixators for management of all fractures.

Surgical Revisions

Our orthopedic service is a referral center for revision surgery facilitating improved function following previously failed fracture repairs or joint replacement procedures.


Rehabilitation Service

Our rehabilitation focuses on the whole patient while providing personalized care and consideration to any injury, illness or objective through individualized treatment plans. The service is staffed by certified veterinary therapists. These therapists apply a variety of treatments, including underwater treadmill exercise, to enhance patient recovery from orthopedic surgery. There is now clear, scientific evidence to support the beneficial effects of postoperative rehabilitation. Our Veterinary Rehabilitation Service is a great way for clients and their furry friends to achieve success together.


Supportive Services

There is strong collaboration between all specialty services at the MSU VMC. This allows us to provide comprehensive care throughout the Center. The Orthopedic Service regularly collaborates with Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Patients are guaranteed continuity and quality of care between departments.

Our Diagnostic Imaging Service provides consultation and imaging services for our specialists and help to support our surgical procedures and therapeutic planning. Our advanced diagnostic imaging technologies support research and clinical imaging that is not available at any other veterinary college.

The Emergency and Critical Care Service at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center provides critical medical care, evaluation, and treatment to severely injured or ill animals, as well as ongoing care for critically ill or injured animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. We work collaboratively with local veterinarians from across the region to make sure your animal gets the best care possible.

Our patients receive the most attentive and professional In-Hospital Care during their stays at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center. Our team of passionate experts ensures our patients are well-cared for and focused on achieving full recovery.