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CSU’s Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinical trials program performs translational research in the field of musculoskeletal health and mobility. Our clinical trials are made possible by private donations and research grants. 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.

If you would like to support our research program, please visit our giving page.

The Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Team has completed several clinical trials and research studies that have changed the way veterinarians practice. Please find a few selected research projects below that outline our work. For a list of current and ongoing clinical trials, please visit our Clinical Trials page.

For a complete list of our faculty's published research, please visit their staff pages:

Arthritis Research

Evaluation of inertial measurement units as a novel method for kinematic gait evaluation in dogs
This study was designed to evaluate a novel gait analysis system that can be used outside the confines of a gait lab.

Assessment of novel digital and smartphone goniometers for measurement of canine stifle joint angles
This study was designed to evaluate the accuracy of currently used technologies to measure range of motions of canine joints.

Evaluation of a Novel Canine Activity Monitor for At-Home Physical Activity Analysis
This study was designed to evaluate whether a consumer friendly, smartphone-based, affordable activity monitor (Whistle) can be used to monitor activity in dogs. We compared the data collected by the Whistle monitor and compared it to data collected from an established device (Actical).

Evaluation of Accelerometer Inter-Device Variability and Collar Placement in Dogs
This study was designed to evaluate whether collar tightness affects that activity data collected from a commonly used activity monitor (Actical). Furthermore, we wanted to evaluate whether switching devices thought an ongoing study (i.e. inter-device variability) may influence activity data.

Canine Cruciate Disease Research

This study was designed to evaluate whether shock wave therapy can accelerate bone healing after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy – a commonly performed procedure to treat dogs with lameness due to cranial cruciate ligament disease.

Treatment of canine cranial cruciate ligament disease. A survey of ACVS Diplomates and primary care veterinarians
The purpose of this study was to determine what veterinarian’s recommend to treat cranial cruciate disease in dogs. We polled over 20,000 veterinarians on their preferred treatment options for this common disease.

In vitro incidence of fibular penetration with and without the use of a jig during tibial plateau leveling osteotomy

Comparison of surgical treatment options for cranial cruciate ligament disease in large-breed dogs with excessive tibial plateau angle

Risk factors for excessive tibial plateau angle in large-breed dogs with cranial cruciate ligament disease

Accuracy of a radiographic stitching technique to measure tibial plateau angle in large and giant breed dogs

Other Selected Research

Comparison of Pet-Owner Satisfaction with Stifle Orthoses (Braces) or Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy for the Management of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease in Medium to Large Breed Dogs

Assessment of on-screen measurements, magnification, and calibration in digital radiography