Small Animal

Approach to Pelvic Limb Lameness: Old Dog

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Audience: Practitioners

A review of orthopedic exam and gait evaluation focusing on pelvic limb lameness in the older dog. Treatment options for the management of certain pelvic limb conditions in adult small dogs are discussed and the role of rehabilitation in the management of pain and osteoarthritis is investigated.


Karanvir S. Aulakh, BVSc & AH, MS, MS, DACVS-SA, CCRP

Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University


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Katherine H. Barnes, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, CCRP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Texas A&M University

Dr. Katherine Barnes (DVM, MS, DACVS-SA) is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Surgery at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM degree from Oregon State University in 2011, finished a rotating small animal internship at Cornell University in 2012, and then completed a masters degree in biomedical and veterinary sciences along with a small animal surgery residency at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has a special interest in orthopedics and sports medicine and is currently a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.


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David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA

Orthopedic Staff Surgeon
Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.

His research was focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to for cruciate rupture. To remain on the cutting edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery and numerous other veterinary and human orthopedic journals.

Dr. Dycus has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification in 2010, and he became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition he is the founder and CEO of Dycus Veterinary Consulting.


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