Sam Franklin, MS, DVM, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Small Animal Orthopedics
Dr. Franklin is originally from Arlington, Virginia and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science from the University of Maryland in ecology before moving to Colorado to pursue veterinary studies. He earned his DVM cum laude from Colorado State University in 2007 followed by an internship at the University of Pennsylvania. He then moved to the University of Missouri to complete a small animal surgical residency and a PhD investigating the use of stem cells and bioabsorbable materials for replacing arthritic canine hips. Following the residency and PhD he spent one year in private practice in upstate New York before becoming an assistant professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia he pursued his interests in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, regenerative medicine, use of orthobiologics such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cells, and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging. He has published over 38 peer-reviewed journal articles, seven book chapters, and provided over 60 presentations at national and international veterinary meetings. He is a board-certified diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and he is an ACVS Founding Fellow in the field of Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Franklin is very excited to move back to Colorado with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys spending time with his family and is a sports enthusiast. His most common pastime is running outdoors with his dogs although he also likes cycling, snowboarding, swimming, and tennis. He also used to play soccer avidly including in college and professionally and is eager to teach his daughters to play both soccer and tennis, although they seem to prefer ballet and tap dancing instead!
Master of Science (MS) - University of Maryland
Master of Science in Ecology from the Program in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. Thesis Title: Predator Influence on Golden Lion Tamarin Nest Choice and Presleep Behavior.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) - Colorado State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, May 2007. Graduated Cum Laude.
PhD Veterinary Pathobiology - University of Missouri
Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2007-2008.
Small Animal Internship - University of Pennsylvania
Doctorate of philosophy in Veterinary Pathobiology obtained 2012. Thesis title: Development of Biological Hip Resurfacing in Dogs.
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS)
Diplomate Certification, May 2012. Small Animal Surgical Residency completed at the University of Missouri. Over the course of 4 years, specialized training, teaching, peer reviewed scientific research and a rigorous examination were completed to obtain specialist board certification.
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVS-MR)
Diplomate Certification, May 2013. The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation advances the art and science of veterinary medicine by promoting expertise in the structural, physiological, medical and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness.
Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Small Animal Orthopedics
Founding Fellow of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Minimally Invasive Surgery in the area of Small Animal Orthopedics, obtained February 2018. A Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) who has obtained additional training and experience in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) beyond ACVS surgery residency training and devotes professional effort to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients undergoing MIS therapies and to research in the field of MIS.