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Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Sam Franklin

Assistant Professor of Orthopedics
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Educational Background

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (2013
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2012)
  • PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri (2012)
  • Small Animal Surgery Residency, University of Missouri (2008-2012)
  • Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Pennsylvania (2007-2008)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University (2007)
  • Master of Science, University of Maryland (2004)

Research Interests

Dr. Franklin’s clinical and research interests overlap considerably and include:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques including minimally invasive fracture repair and minimally invasive joint stabilization
  • Medial compartment elbow replacement
  • Hip replacement
  • Canine sports medicine treatments including platelet rich plasma and hyaluronic acid treatment
  • Canine rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering

Some of Dr. Franklin’s ongoing research projects include:

  • Characterization of PRP using different commercially available PRP concentrating systems
  • Use of ultrasound, MRI, and arthroscopy for assessment of meniscal injury in dogs
  • Treatment of cartilage defects of the hip in dogs using osteochondral grafting techniques


  • Redhage Memorial Scholarship Fund Award, University of Missouri (2011)
  • Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award, Veterinary Orthopedic Society (2010)
  • Colorado State University ACVS Student Surgery Award (2006-2007)
  • 1st Place in Student Poster Competition, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Research Day, Colorado State University (2006)
  • American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Award for Student Excellence in Applied Animal Behavior Research (2004)

Selected Publications

  • Franklin SP, Schulz K, Cook JL. Theory and development of a unicomparmental resurfacing system for treatment of medial compartment disease of the canine elbow. Veterinary Surgery; January 30, 2014. Doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12154.x.
  • Franklin SP and Cook JL. Autologous conditioned plasma versus hyaluronan plus corticosteroid for treatment of chronic elbow osteoarthritis in dogs. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2013;54(9):881-884.
  • Franklin SP, Devitt C, Ogawa J, Ridge P, Cook JL. Outcomes associated with treatments for medial, lateral, and multi-directional instability in dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 2013;42(4):361-364.
  • Franklin SP, Franklin AL, Wilson H, Schultz L, Bal BS, Cook JL. The relationship of the canine femoral head to the femoral neck: an anatomic study with relevance for hip arthroplasty implant design and implantation. Veterinary Surgery, 2012;41(1):86-93.
  • Franklin SP, Stoker AM, Cockrell, MK, Pfeiffer, FM, Bal, BS, Cook JL. Effects of low temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization on in vitro cytotoxicity of poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL). Journal of Biomaterials Science: Polymer Edition, 2011;23(17):2197-2206.
  • Franklin SP and Cook JL. What is the evidence? Surgical Treatment of large dogs with hip joint osteoarthritis. Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association,2010;238(4):440-442.
  • Franklin SP, Gilley RS, and Palmer RH. Meniscal injury in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Compendium on continuing education for the practicing veterinarian, 2009;32(10):E1-E11.
  • Franklin SP, Park RD, Egger EL. Traumatic metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal osteoarthritis in 49 dogs. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 2009;45(3):112-117.

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