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. To schedule an appointment, please call (614) 292-3551.

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
  • Arthroscopy
  • 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 Blue Buffalo Clinical Trials Office (cvm-clinicaltrials@osu.edu).

For a listing of current trials please click here.

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


  • Jonathan Dyce, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DSAO, DACVS, Associate Professor
  • Nina Kieves, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRT, Associate Professor - Tenure 
  • Janis Lapsley, DVM, DACVS-SA, Assistant Professor
  • Mary McLoughlin, DVM, MS, DACVS, Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery Section Head
  • Hunter Piegols, DVM, Assistant Professor
  • Joanna Pogue, DVM, Assistant Professor-Clinical
  • Allyson Sterman, DVM, DACVS_SA, Assistant Professor
  • Audrey Wanstrath, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, Assistant Professor-Clinical


  • Jake Aiello, DVM
  • Erin Hilborn, DVM
  • Juliana DiMichele, DVM
  • Gabrielle Fontes, DVM
  • Maria Fernandez, DVM
  • Christina Orona, DVM
  • Nikesh Patel, DVM
  • Mitch Sadowitz,DVM
  • Cameron Seger, DVM
  • Jin Yoon, DVM

Orthopedic Surgery Technicians

  • Mary Ross, RVT, Supervisor
  • Kristie Brush, RVT
  • Michelle Gilliam, RVT
  • Lynnie Klee-Jenkins, RVT
  • Kim McKenzie, RVT
  • Mario Ventresca, RVT

Veterinary Assistants

  • Kelsi Endsley (Parsons)
  • Addie Gardner (2nd)
  • Leah Meadows

Customer Service Liaison