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Dr. Samuel P. Franklin

MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

DACVS: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal)

DACVSMR: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (Canine)

ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Small Animal Orthopedics

Dr. Sam Franklin

Dr. Samuel P Franklin is board-certified by both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Franklin graduated with a Masters of Science from the University of Maryland and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine cum laude from Colorado State University. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a four-year combined surgical residency and PhD (focused on biologic canine hip replacement) at the University of Missouri. Prior to founding Kansas City Canine Orthopedics, Dr. Franklin was tenured faculty with the University of Georgia Veterinary Orthopedic Department and a surgeon at Colorado Canine Orthopedics.

Dr. Franklin is a Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery, obtained from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for his contributions and sub-specialization in arthroscopy and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries; he is one of only 18 surgeons in the world with this sub-specialization certification.

Dr. Franklin serves as a veterinary surgical consultant for Arthrex Vet Systems, and is a national instructor in arthroscopy, minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries and canine orthobiologics. He also collaborates with leading implant manufacturers for the development of many orthopedic implants. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications, fifteen book chapters, and is co-editing the most comprehensive advanced textbook on canine and feline arthroscopy to date. Dr. Franklin is a scientific reviewer for numerous veterinary and human orthopedic surgery journals including the Veterinary Surgery Journal, the Journal of Knee Surgery, and has served as a scientific reviewer for the VOS and ACVS Symposiums. He is very active in the continuing education of veterinarians and has been an invited speaker throughout the United States and Internationally.

Dr. Franklin specializes in sports-related injuries and returning performance and working dogs back to full function. His clinical focus is on arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery, ACL surgery, meniscal treatment, angular limb deformity correction and total joint replacement. Dr. Franklin performs Kyon, Arthrex, and Biomedtrix Hip Replacements, the TightRope CCL and TPLO procedure for cruciate repairs and joint restoration using osteochondral allografting. Dr. Franklin is skilled in the use of 3D printing technology and virtual surgery planning for complex surgical cases.

Dr. Franklin knows what it is like to have orthopedic injuries that limit the ability to train and compete. Whether it is his own injuries that changed his college and professional soccer careers or recovering his own dogs from CCL/ACL rupture and TPLO (as well as elbow dysplasia, arthroscopy and medial compartment replacement) he has direct experience with the effects of orthopedic injury. Relieving the pain and loss that occurs with such injury, and restoring patients’ ability to do what they love is deeply satisfying.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

DIPLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS (DACVS)
Diplomate Certification, May 2012. Small Animal Surgical Residency completed at the University of Missouri. Over the course of 4 years, specialized training, teaching, peer-reviewed scientific research, and a rigorous examination were completed to obtain specialist board certification.

DIPLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SPORTS MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION (DACVS-MR)
Diplomate Certification, May 2013. The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation advances the art and science of veterinary medicine by promoting expertise in the structural, physiological, medical, and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness.

FOUNDING FELLOW, MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY, SMALL ANIMAL ORTHOPEDICS
Founding Fellow of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Minimally Invasive Surgery in the area of Small Animal Orthopedics, obtained February 2018. A Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) who has obtained additional training and experience in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) beyond ACVS surgery residency training and devotes professional effort to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients undergoing MIS therapies and to research in the field of MIS.

PhD VETERINARY PATHOBIOLOGY – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
Doctorate of philosophy in Veterinary Pathobiology obtained in 2012. Thesis title: Development of Biological Hip Resurfacing in Dogs.

DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE – COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, May 2007. Graduated Cum Laude.

SMALL ANIMAL ROTATING INTERNSHIP – UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2007-2008.

MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Master of Science in Ecology from the Program in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. Thesis Title: Predator Influence on Golden Lion Tamarin Nest Choice and Presleep Behavior.