Orthopedic Surgery


Our Services

The Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State offers comprehensive surgical care for dogs and cats with orthopedic conditions.

Service Highlights

Board-certified specialists in orthopedic surgery.

Lameness diagnosis and treatment

Trauma care

Non-emergent orthopedic surgery (cranial cruciate ligament rupture, medial patellar luxation)

Limb deformity

Minimally invasive surgery


Total joint replacement,

Orthopedic revision surgery

Sports medicine

Physical rehabilitation

Regenerative medicine

Clinical Trials

The Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery service is often recruiting patients for a number of studies for which your pet may be eligible. If you have any questions regarding your pet's eligibility, please contact the Clinical Trials Office (cvm-clinicaltrials@osu.edu), our current trials include:

Dogs with arthritis

Jump mechanism of forelimbs in agility dogs

Appointments & Office Hours

  • Office hours: 8am – 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Patient visits by appointment only.
  • For an appointment: (614) 292-3551
  • After hour emergencies: (614) 292-3551

What to Expect

The Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery service is under the direction of an attending faculty surgeon or chief surgical resident. Surgical residents, interns and final year veterinary students complete the service complement. Please check in at the small animal reception on arrival. Please bring a letter of referral from your veterinarian and any relevant medical records, radiographs or clinical pathology results.

A senior veterinary student or veterinary technician will take a complete medical history from you.
Your companion will then undergo a preliminary examination. After this, the attending surgeon will review history and physical examination findings with you and formulate a plan for further diagnosis.

For example, if radiography or ultrasound examinations are necessary, mild sedation may be required and imaging will be performed within 3-4 hours. You will be invited to return to review the results of these and other tests, and to discuss options for medical or surgical management.

In general, more invasive diagnostic procedures such as biopsy and advanced imaging are scheduled on the following day. If no further diagnosis is required, then surgery is usually performed on the day after initial consultation.

As you will understand, patients with life threatening conditions in need of immediate surgical care will take priority and this can delay your consultation. We ask for your patience and promise that we will strive to make your visit a helpful and satisfying experience.

Special Equipment & Technology

  • Radiography
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Columbus location)
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Total hip replacement
  • Comprehensive fracture repair instrumentation
  • Arthroscopy


Orthopedic surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Technicians

  • Mary Ross, RVT, Surgery Program Coordinator
  • Kayci Arnold, RVT
  • Kim McKenzie, RVT
  • Jimmy Quang, RVT







Nina Kieves, AsDVM, DACVSMR
Assistant Professor
Stephen Jones, VMB, MS, DACVS
Assistant Professor
Audrey Wanstrath, DVM, MS
Assistant Professor
Jonathan Dyce, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DSAO, Diplomate ACVS
Associate Professor

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Kim McKenzie, RVT
Jimmy Quang, RVT
Mary Ross, RVT, Program Coordinator
Kayci Arnold, RVT


Brittney Johnson, DVM
Elizabeth Hoffman, DVM
Daniel Davis, DVM
Helene LePommellet, DVM
Michaela Gruenheid, DVM
James Howard, DVM
Amy Zide, DVM