Dr. Erick Egger

DVM, DACVS Orthopedic Surgery

Erick Egger, a native of Denver, Colorado completed his undergraduate education at Colorado State University. In 1975, he received his DVM, also from Colorado State University. He then completed a small animal internship at Purdue University (1976) and a surgical residency at the University of Missouri (1978). Following a short period in a private veterinary surgical referral practice in Boston, he joined the teaching faculty at Iowa State University in 1978 where he specialized in orthopedics. In 1982, after fulfilling the requirements, Dr. Egger was certified as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Later that year, he joined the faculty at Colorado State University and in 1986, was promoted and tenured. Dr. Egger has participated as Chairman of various ACVS and Veterinary Orthopedic Society committees over the years and in 1986, served as president of the National Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Dr. Egger’s early research and writing activities concentrated on fracture fixation and the effects of fracture mechanical environment on fracture healing. To that end, in 1990 he completed a fellowship at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory of the Mayo Clinic where he was investigating the effects of axial “dynamization” on fracture healing. While at the Mayo Clinic, he also developed animal models for studying bone-in growth into metallic prosthesis and a new method for attaching tendons to metallic prosthesis. He developed an acrylic pin external fixator system (APEF) for fracture management which became commercially available in 1992.

In September of 1997, Dr. Egger left CSU’s clinical practice to join the Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado and begin his own Veterinary Orthopedic Consulting (VOC) practice which provides mobile consulting to practices in Aspen, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 2004, he rejoined the CSU clinical faculty as the senior small animal orthopedic surgeon, performing clinical service, teaching on the student and graduate level, and pursuing research interests. Current research activities include continuing development of the Acrylic Pin External Fixator system, improvement of total hip replacement devices and implantation techniques, and developing osseointegrative titanium implants used for artificial limb anchorage. He continues to lecture widely on orthopedic problems and their surgical treatment to students and professional groups in continuing education settings. Dr. Egger continues to provide orthopedic diagnostic and surgical service to select private practices through his Veterinary Orthopedic Consulting practice one week a month. This also provides an opportunity for a limited number of senior students to spend three to five days observing and assisting an orthopedic specialist in a high quality practice setting.

In May of 2011, Dr. Egger retired from CSU, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado but continues to provide orthopedic consulting and surgical services to western Colorado and Wyoming.

For fun, Dr. Egger hikes, bikes, occasionally abuses wood, calling it logging and carpentry, and most recently is actively developing a yak farm.