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Surgical Research Laboratory

The Surgical Research Laboratory (SRL) specializes in in-vivo orthopaedic and soft tissue preclinical research. The five ACVS board-certified veterinary surgeons in SRL are highly trained experts in spinal, orthopaedic, sports medicine and soft tissue ovine models. SRL has nine full-time staff members and its facilities house over 400 sheep making the lab fully prepared to organize preclinical studies in a timely and efficient manner.


Dr. Simon Turner, a leading authority in large animal surgery, established The Surgical Research Laboratory in order to provide a large animal model that could be used to study a variety of products and implants. Many of the devices studied have ultimately been cleared for use in humans. Dr. Turner's vast experience and knowledge of sheep as a research model advanced the SRL to a nationally known status and highly respected research facility for over 20 years. Recently named a Professor Emeritus at CSU, Dr. Turner continues to play a vital role in all studies performed at the SRL.


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Sheep Models

Orthopaedic surgery on leg bone and steel plate

  • Bone healing studies
  • Internal fixation implant testing
  • External fixation implant testing
  • Allograft, autograft and xenograft testing
  • Osteochondral defect/cartilage regeneration

Spinal column graphic

  • ​Lumbar interbody fusion
  • Posterolateral intervertebral fusion - PLIF
  • Cervical fusion
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Laminectomy

Soft tissue surgery close-up

  • ​Wound reconstruction/healing
  • Urogenital implants
  • Laparoscopic surgery

Sheep in osteoporosis study

  • ​Nutritional studies
  • Hormonal studies
  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy

Surgical Research Laboratory
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