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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

Thanks to generous support from private donors, like the Eldred Foundation and Purina, we were able to establish a small animal gait laboratory at CSU allowing for objective evaluation of musculoskeletal disease. This, in combination with many other validated outcome measures, allows us to perform research that provides objective data.


 Contact Us


​Interested participants can learn more by contacting the Small Animal Sports Medicine staff:


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 Duerr
Phone: (970) 297-4140

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

Ongoing Research

Pet Associated Workout Study (PAWS)

The purpose of the PAWS study is to evaluate the effectiveness of using a prescription physical activity program to improve health outcomes. We will be using canine activity monitors to collect information on dogs' activity levels, and measuring health outcomes and enjoyment of the exercise program. Read more about PAWS.


Is your pet suffering from arthritis and you live in the Fort Collins area? We currently have a clinical trials that studies evaluating various treatments (including acupuncture) to alleviate pain symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.

Prosthetics Instead of Amputation

Does your pet need a full limb amputation due to trauma, cancer or infection of the lower front leg? We are currently performing a prospective research study to determine the outcome associated with partial forelimb amputation and prosthetics in canine patients. Dogs with pathology of the lower forelimb (to the level of the wrist) that require a limp amputation are eligible for enrollment in this study. Click here to read more about amputation alternatives.

Completed Research

To see an overview of the research our team has completed, please visit our research webpage.