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Preclinical Surgical Research Laboratory

The Preclinical Surgical Research Laboratory (PSRL) specializes in in-vivo orthopaedic and soft tissue preclinical research. The five ACVS board-certified veterinary surgeons in PSRL are highly trained experts in spinal, orthopaedic, sports medicine and soft tissue animal models. PSRL has nine full-time staff members and its facilities have the capacity to house over 400 sheep and goats and multiple small animals (rabbits and rodents), 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, initially established the PSRL in order to provide a large animal model that could be used to study a variety of products and implants. Multiple devices studied in the lab were ultimately approved for use in humans. Dr. Turner’s vast experience and knowledge of sheep as a research model advanced PSRL to a nationally known laboratory 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 PSRL.​​​

Large and Small Animal 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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​1678 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1678

(970) 682-0079​

​(970) 297-5045