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Amy S Kapatkin- BS, DVM, MS
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

2323 Vet Med 3A
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 6787


Research Focus

Kinetic, Kinematic analysis in dogs.

Biomechanical studies

Evidenced based medicine

Specialty Focus

Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery


1978 BS Animal Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
1981 DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Gregorio Araneta University Foundation, Metro Manila, Philippines
2007 MS Clinical Research, University of California- Davis, Sacramento, CA

Honors and Awards

2013-2014 Nomination as President Elect for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
2011-2012 Nomination as President Elect for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
2004 Veterinary Medical Student Government Teaching Award for the class of 2006
2002 Veterinary Medical Student Government Teaching Award for the class of 2002
2002 Dean’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Science Education
2000- present Phi Zeta Society induction- University of Pennsylvania
1995 The Clendenin J. Ryan- Teacher of the Year Award, The Animal Medical Center
1990 Veterinarian of the Year Award, The Animal Medical Center
1989 The Connie Leifer Memorial Award, Outstanding Resident Project & Presentation, The Animal Medical Center


State Licensure - Maryland
State Licensure - New York
State Licensure - Florida
Internship Certificate
Small Animal Residency Certificate
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgery
State Licensure - Pennsylvania
Education Certificate Veterinary Foreign Graduates (ECFVG)
State Licensure - Delaware
State Licensure - New Jersey
State Licensure - California

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Gait comparison in dogs with significant body conformation differences, Matt O'Donnel and Bev Sturges and Amy Kapatkin (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Co-Principal Investigator, Kinetic, kinematic and EMG evaluation of myelopathic large breed dogs, Jessie Sutton and Bev Sturges and Amy Kapatkin (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Garcia TC, Sturges BK, Stover SM, Aoki K, Liang JM, Reinhardt KB, Kapatkin AS Forelimb brachial muscle activation patterns using surface electromyography and their relationship to kinematics in normal dogs walking and trotting Comparative Exercise Physiology,
  • Link Icon 2014 Fuller MC, Hayashi K, Bruecker KA, Holsworth IG, Sutton JS, Kass PH, Kantrowitz BJ, Kapatkin AS Radiographic infrapatellar fat pad sign prevalent and important risk factor for subsequent contralateral cranial cruciate ligament unilateral rupture J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2013 Uhl JM, Kapatkin AS, Garcia TC, Stover SM Ex vivo biomechanical comparison of the 3.5 mm locking compression plate cranially vs. the 2.7 mm locking compression plate medially in a canine distal radial gap model Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2012 Toupadakis CA, Wong A, Genetos DC, Chung DJ, Murugesh D, Anderson MJ, Loots GG, Christiansen BA, Kapatkin AS, Yellowley CE Long-term administration of AMD3100, an antagonist of SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling, alters fracture repair J Orthop Research,
  • Link Icon 2012 Kelly KR, Kapatkin AR, Zwingenberger AL, Christe KL Efficacy of antibiotic-impregnated polymethylmethacrylate beads in a rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) with osteomyelitis Comparative Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2012 Zacuto AC, Marks SL, Osborn J, Douthitt KL, Hollingshead KL, Hayashi K, Kapatkin AS, Pypendop BH, Belafsky PC The influence of esomeprazole and cisapride on gastroesophageal reflux during anesthesia in dogs J Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2012 Kim JY, Hayashi K, Garcia TC, Kim SY, Entwistle RC, Kapatkin AS, Stover SM Biomechanical evaluation of screw-in femoral implant in cementless total hip system Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2011 Nordquist B, Fischer J, Kim SY, Stover SM, Garcia-Nolen T, Hayashi K, Liu J, Kapatkin AS Effects of trial repetition, limb side, intraday and inter-week variation on vertical and craniocaudal ground reaction forces in clinically normal Labrador Retrievers Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Kim SY, Kim JY, Hayashi K, Kapatkin AS Skin movement during the kinetic analysis of the canine pelvic limb Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Hayashi K, Bhandal J, Rodriguez CO, Kim SY, Entwistle R, Naydan D, Kapatkin AS, Stover SM Vascular distribution in ruptured canine cranial cruciate ligament Vet Surg,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2013 Sykes JE, Kapatkin AS: Chapter 85: Osteomyelitis, discospondylitis and infectious arthritis, Jane E Sykes, (ed), Canine and Feline Infectious Disease, St. Louis, Missouri. 814-829.

2012 Hayashi K, Kapatkin AS: Chapter 63: Fractures of the tibia and fibula, Tobias- Johnston, (ed), Textbook of Small Animal Surgery. .

2012 Kapatkin AS, Garcia TC, Hayashi K: Chapter 56: Carpus, metacarpus and digits, Tobias- Johnson, (ed), Textbook of Small Animal Surgery. .

2012 Zehnder A, Kapatkin AS: Small mammal orthopedics. Textbook: Ferrets, rabbits, and rodents, Quesenberry K, (ed), Clinical Medicine and Surgery. .

2004 Kapatkin AS: Orthopedics in small mammals, Quesenberry & Carpenter, (ed), Textbook: Ferrets, rabbits, and rodents, 2nd edition. Clin Med Surg. 383-91.