Ross H. Palmer, DVM, DACVS, MS

Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Professor - Orthopedic Surgery
Colorado State University

Dr. Palmer’s career has been equally divided between academic and private practice. Ross is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Colorado State University. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout the world. He was voted VMX Speaker of the Year in 2019. He’s authored more than 50 scientific publications. He has served as a board member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress (WVOC), the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) and the Veterinary Surgery Journal and he is the current VOS President-elect.

His clinical passions include development of the ‘Tell Me Where it Hurts’ canine lameness examination that encompasses gentle techniques to gain patient trust and to detect subtle ways that pets communicate physical discomfort to those that they trust. Dr. Palmer’s clinical activities surround restoration of pet life quality through fracture management, angular limb deformity correction, minimally invasive surgical techniques and comprehensive nutritional and rehabilitative care for long-term joint health. His research is primarily directed toward human & animal knee injury, cartilage repair, bone healing and orthopedic fixation and he has collaborated with numerous universities, medical centers & human healthcare companies as well as the NIH, NASA and US Department of Defense. He has mentored numerous recipients of the Best Clinical Research Award and the Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award from the VOS. He was named an “Honored Mentor” by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

He enjoys hiking, cycling, fishing, international travel and taking time “off the grid” with his family at his cabin in northwest Ontario, Canada