The Bristol Veterinary Surgical Research (BVSR) group includes clinicians from both small and large animal soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, reflecting the principle that many areas of research are common between large and small animals. Clinical research within the group encompasses a wide array of themes related to the clinical expertise of each member of the group. Some clinicians in this group are involved in basic and clinical research projects and collaborate with other research groups at the Bristol Veterinary School and connect into the wider University of Bristol. 


Specific and ongoing areas of clinical research in veterinary orthopaedics include  

  • Patella fracture and Dental anomaly Syndrome (PaDS) in cats 
  • Effect of ageing and renal disease on feline bone stiffness 
  • Lameness evaluation in dogs 
  • Humeral intracondylar fissure fractures in Spaniels, outcome and aetiology, and surgical complication rates 
  • Minimally invasive surgery  
  • Cruciate disease – the sit test, implant studies 
  • Audits - surgical infection rates, use of check lists, single vs double gloving 
  • Development of osteoarthritis in cats – with Animal behaviour and welfare group  

Recent studies 

Residency program

If you are interested in undertaking a MSc/Residency in this area, please visit the link for residency options



Professor Sorrel Langley-Hobbs
Chair in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

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