Date of Award

Summer 6-30-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics



First Advisor

Darren Wiens

Second Advisor

Lana Huberty


Orthotic and prosthetic interventions in veterinary medicine have been performed on a wide range of animal species, aiding in rehabilitation and healing for various pathologies. Contrary to popular belief, veterinary orthotics and prosthetics are not a recent development but have a long history. This study aimed to assess the frequency, cause, and nature of veterinary interventions that could have benefited from orthotic and prosthetic interventions across different species. Data were collected through a survey administered to veterinarians and veterinary orthotic and prosthetic professionals. The outcomes of the investigation contribute to enhancing the knowledge surrounding veterinary amputations, arthrodesis, and the use of orthotic and prosthetic interventions. The survey findings reveal valuable insights into the world of veterinary orthotics and prosthetics, highlighting the growing recognition of their potential benefits among veterinarians. The diverse range of interventions reported and the inclusion of various species underscore the versatility and applicability of orthotics and prosthetics in veterinary medicine. By addressing the recommendations from this study, future research can further advance the field of veterinary orthotics and prosthetics, expanding our understanding of their applications, improving treatment options, and ultimately enhancing the quality of life and mobility of animals in need.