We work with a variety of collaborators to advance the care of dogs and cats committed to our care. For example, we work with engineers in academia and industry to develop new implants for fracture repair and joint surgery. We also work with biomedical scientists and stem cell biologists to improve the care for pets with diseases such as osteoarthritis and spinal cord injury.
Collaborating with engineers.
We work closely with engineers at the University of Liverpool and Fusion Implants to deliver enhanced solutions for common orthopaedic problems in dogs and cats. In particular, we use selective laser melting technology to fashion titanium implants which allow for integration in to bone.
Collaborating with biomedical scientists.
We work with stem cell biologists in the area of spinal cord injury and musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis.
Dr Ben Walton and Professor John Innes have developed a novel implant for treating humeral condylar fissures.
Humeral condylar fissues are stress fractures that occur particularly in Springer Spaniels. They are challenging to treat because the bone becomes inactive. We have developed a novel system which uses a combination of a specifically-designed self-compressing screw, a stepped drill bit and bone grafting technique.