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 reception desk upon 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



  • Brian Dent, DVM
  • Michaela Gruenheid, DVM
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, DVM
  • James Howard, DVM
  • Brittney Johnson, DVM
  • Alexandra Kalamaras, DVM
  • Sarah Salyer, DVM
  • Amy Zide, DVM​

Veterinary Technicians

  • Melissa Wilson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), Surgery Service Coordinator, Interim Hospital Manager
  • Crystal Albanese, RVT
  • Megan Bruggeman, RVT
  • Brooke Durant, RVT
  • Karlissa Osborn, RVT
  • Robyn Victorine, RVT

Veterinary Assistants

  • Jillian Graff
  • Shannon Haydu

Practice Manager: Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) and Surgery Service Coordinator is acting as the interim practice manager for the Dublin-based Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).  Melissa has been a member of the team since 2013. As Surgery Service Coordinator, Melissa served as part of the daily management team, before accepting her interim role as practice manager. Her leadership and operations experience serve her well as the interim practice manager.
Before joining the VMC, Melissa spent 7 years with MedVet as an Anesthesia Service Coordinator. From 2004-2006, Melissa served as Surgery Team Lead for VCA in Cincinnati, OH, as well as Clinic Floor Supervisor for Colerain Animal Clinic from 1999-2004, also located in Cincinnati. Melissa received her Associaites of Applied Science and original RVT certification from the University of Cincinnati in 2002.