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Kirk Wendelburg

DVM, DACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow-Joint Replacement Surgery
Medical Director

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Veterinary orthopedics
Canine total hip replacement implants and procedures
Limb biomechanics
Elbow replacement

Dr. Kirk Wendelburg obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 1982, following this immediately with a one-year internship and a three-year residency at The Ohio State University. He attained board certification in 1989, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and founded Animal Specialty Group in March, 1990.

An author of numerous book chapters, Dr. Wendelburg has also lectured extensively on the state, national, and international levels on orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue, and joint replacement surgery. He has received awards and recognition for his work in radiology, teaching, and publishing, including articles in the leading clinical surgery journal, Veterinary Surgery.

Dr. Wendelburg is internationally recognized in veterinary orthopedics and is particularly well known for his collaboration in developing today's most-used canine total hip replacement implants and procedures. He is a past chairperson of the hip section of the annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference and has authored several presentations involving hip replacement and limb biomechanics.

Recently Dr. Wendelburg has designed a new partial and total elbow replacement system, currently under development by Kyon, a highly renowned Swiss veterinary orthopedic company. In 2005, he appeared in the "Best in L.A." section of L.A. Magazine.

Dr. Wendelburg lives in Hidden Hills with his son Tristin, and their mini-menagerie of happy pets, including two mules, three dogs, one cat and 12 chickens. 

Veterinary School:
University of Florida

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA)


Papers Authored
Stress Fractures of the Acetabulum in 26 Racing Greyhounds
Abstract: Acetabular fractures in 26 racing Greyhounds were reviewed. All fractures occurred during racing or training and were unrelated to any external trauma. All fractures had similar configurations, were minimally displaced, and involved only the acetabulum. Affected dogs were young (16-36 months). Fractures occurred unilaterally (22 dogs) and bilaterally (4 dogs). 
Authored: Wendelburg K. et al
Published: Vet Surg 17:128, 1988
Chapters Authored

Disease Mechanisms in Small Animals Surgery Second edition

Masticatory Muscle Myositis in Bojrab MJ

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Whether your Golden Retriever swallowed something he shouldn’t have or your Siamese Cat developed a tumor, Animal Specialty Group offers innovative, cutting-edge surgical procedures, in addition to traditional, proven techniques, to handle both the routine as well as the complex. From minimally invasive procedures and laser surgery, to....

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