J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory

Image of bone resorption at microscope level
Image of bone at microscope level
Image if mouse bone  and canine femoral hip implant
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About VORL

The J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory provides an environment for multidisciplinary studies pertaining to musculoskeletal disorders of animals and man.  The goals of researchers participating in the laboratory include enhancing the understanding of the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal diseases of performance, companion, and production animals; wildlife; and man; and elucidating therapeutic and preventive techniques to combat these diseases.


The mission of the VORL is to provide a unique and specialized laboratory and research environment to facilitate characterization of, and solutions for, musculoskeletal problems of animals and man.  The facility is open to members of UCD faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, residents and visiting scientists as well as other qualified individuals from the School of Veterinary Medicine and campus of the University of California at Davis (UCD) who are interested in pursuing research in orthopedic diseases of animals and man.  An historic emphasis is on musculoskeletal disorders of racehorses.  This laboratory provides an environment in which complex problems presented by most musculoskeletal diseases can be addressed by using the collective expertise of investigators from multiple different disciplines in the basic and clinical sciences.