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The goal of CSU’s Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinical​ trials program is two-fold:

  • To improve the quality of life and musculoskeletal health of individual animals by offering clinical studies of treatments suspected to be beneficial to your pet

  • To provide translational information that advances treatment options for people with arthritis

Ongoing clinical trials


Is your pet suffering from arthritis and you live in the Fort Collins area? We are always investigating treatments to alleviate pain symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the elbow, shoulder, stifle or hip joints.

To enroll in our arthritis studies, please take the arthritis enrollment survey.​ 

Orthotics and Prosthetics

We currently have several ongoing studies evaluating how effective orthotics (braces) are for various orthopedic conditions. If you believe your dog could benefit from an orthosis please email us. Similarly, we are conducting research investigating how successful prosthetics are for our canine patients. If your dog needs a partial limb amputation or was born with a defect – we may be able to help! Please contact us.


 Contact Us


To make an appointment:

Phone: (970) 297-5000                     





 Help Support Clinical Trials


​Funding options for clinical trial research are limited. We rely on your support to keep our programs operational. To support our programs and areas of studies, please contact us.

Dr. Felix Duer​r
Phone: (970) 297-4140

Aaron Phaneuf
Director of Development
Phone: (970) 491-2969​

Muscle Mass Recovery After Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) in Dogs

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether an oral supplement can accelerate muscle mass recovery after TPLO. Your dog will receive a supplement to his or her current diet that may be a placebo or treatment (supplement that contains special proteins that are designed to accelerate muscle mass recovery) provided in the form of kibbles. The supplement has to be given daily for the first 8 weeks after the surgery. We are utilizing ultrasound (i.e. a non-invasive procedure) to evaluate changes in muscle mass (i.e. muscle mass recovery) in dogs after surgery. Objective gait analysis will be utilized to provide an objective outcome measure of improvement in weight bearing/lameness. We are recruiting dogs that are undergoing a TPLO-procedure and offering a incentives (free X-rays, $850 after study completion) in exchange for participation in this study. The study involves your dog undergoing additional diagnostic tests including blood draws, gait analysis and ultrasound measurements of the limb before surgery and 2, 4 and 6 weeks after surgery. The procedure (TPLO) itself will not be affected by participation in this study.

To enroll in this study, please take the TPLO enrollment survey.

A detailed outline of this study including the required visits can be found here.

Upload X-rays and Medical Records Here

If you would like to asked to upload x-rays, please click here to be redirected to a survey site that allows for the file upload. NOTE: Please fill out one of the enrollment surveys before uploading files.


 Small Animal Sports Medicine Clinical Trials

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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205