Our surgeons are extensively educated and specialize in orthopedic surgery for dogs, such as arthroscopies, cruciate ligament repairs (particularly TPLOs), fracture repairs and joint replacements. Their expertise is highly sought after, resulting in numerous cases from across the nation and around the world. In addition, our surgeons are distinguished among the lecture circuit, contribute to multiple veterinary publications each year, and are actively engaged in clinical research and instruction.
The specialists at VOSM have a strong understanding of the activities performed by and injuries occurring in working and performance dogs (K9 units, agility dogs, etc.). They also understand not only the need to accurately diagnose and treat working and sporting dog injuries, but the requirements of returning canine athletes back to full performance. Included in VOSM's state-of-the-art facility is an advanced gait analysis system, which helps to objectively assess dogs for injury as well as provide a baseline for working and sporting dog performance assessments.
Dr. Sherman Canapp
Dr. Debra Canapp
Dr. Chris Zink
The Spine Center / Neurology
The Spine Center at VOSM is a one-of-a-kind center specializing in advanced and innovative treatment for canine patients with back pain and injuries including spinal diseases and disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Services include non-operative and operative treatments for dogs with spinal deformities, fractures, infections, tumors and arthritis. The Spine Center also receives, diagnoses, and treats patients with diseases of the brain and nervous system. The Spine Center is proud to offer on-site MRI services.
Dr. Ryan Gallagher
At VOSM, we consider rehabilitation therapy to be a fundamental part of the recovery process. Our certified therapists utilize innovative techniques to ensure your pet returns to full function following, or in place of, surgery. Rehabilitation therapists also provide maintenance care and conditioning for working canines, performance dogs, geriatric dogs, and non-surgical patients.
Dr. Debra A. Canapp
Dr. Andra Kowalczyk
Dr. Stephanie Meilleur
Heather A. Amos
The Center for Regenerative Medicine
The Orthobiologic Innovations Center for Regenerative Medicine at VOSM has been providing stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma treatments for dogs since 2008, making VOSM one of the first sub-specialty facilities in the country to offer such promising treatments to its patients. The Center offers in-house cell collection and processing as well as cell culturing from its local university collaborators. The Center is currently using regenerative medicine technology for treatment of soft tissue injuries (tendons and ligaments) and osteoarthritis, as well as neurological conditions.
We are actively engaged in numerous clinical trials to objectively assess treatment response to various regenerative medicine processing techniques, combination therapies and treatment protocols. Dr. Sherman Canapp, Director of the Center, has the privilege of collaborating with leaders in the fields of human regenerative medicine with Dr. Victor Ibrahim and equine medicine with Dr. Jennifer Barrett.
Dr. Sherman Canapp (Director)
Dr. Jen Barrett (Adjunct Specialist)
Dr. Victor Ibrahim (Adjunct Specialist)
Dr. May Jacobson (Adjunct Specialist)
Our highly trained team of surgical technicians ensures the utmost quality of care for your pet during surgery. They manage the operating schedule, administer anesthesia, monitor important vital signs during surgical procedures and process surgical equipment.
Following surgery, our skilled recovery technicians closely monitors your pet 24 hours a day. They monitor vitals and support a safe recuperation from anesthesia. Most importantly, our recovery team makes sure your pet is as comfortable as possible following any surgical procedure.
This group of dedicated animal lovers are the first friendly faces seen when arriving at VOSM. They provide excellent customer service in addition to maintaining patient records, scheduling appointments, managing finances and directing phone calls.
Following surgery, these technicians explain postoperative information prior to your pet going home. They review in-operative findings, medications, restrictions, bandage instructions and recheck appointments and answer any questions you may have.
This support team is vital to the care of our patients and daily functions of our practice. They assist technicians in surgery and recovery, in addition to taking care of our boarding patients. The maintenance of our beautiful facility is also attributed to this multipurpose group.
Our talented management team oversees the daily operations of our multifaceted practice. These individuals ensure the highest quality of care is maintained throughout VOSM. They organize continuing education seminars and outreach programs, supervise personnel, assess finances, function as a liaison between referring veterinarians and VOSM and promote a positive working environment.
Colin Potts - COO
Michelle Dobbs - Practice Manager
Our surgical coordinators provide a concierge service for clients, referring veterinarians and surgeons at VOSM and work as a team to ensure a stellar level of service on a daily basis. They coordinate referral appointments, diagnostic imaging reviews and facilitate scheduling and coordination of patient surgical appointments. Clients whose pets are considered surgical candidates will have direct contact with the surgical coordinators from the date of initial consultation through surgery and recovery. Internally, the coordinator team also arranges surgeon travel accommodations, conference proceedings, and research publication deadlines.
Their utmost goal is to uphold positive relationships with clients, partner organizations and referring veterinarians and see to it that expectations are consistently met to the highest degree.
Patrick R. Gavin
Orthotics & Prosthetics