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Understanding the biomechanics of dogs

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  • Full or part time
    Dr C Gomez Alvarez
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Studying the posture and gait of animals allow us to understand how they move and how they stand when they are healthy and during disease. Postural and gait compensations are more difficult to interpret in animals because they are not able to communicate when feeling pain or discomfort. Moreover, animals such as dogs, will move differently depending on their size, conformation and other anatomical features. Musculoskeletal biomechanics of the dog has previously been described for some breeds (Fischer and Lilje, 2011), but very little is described in the literature about dogs with musculoskeletal problems. More detail is required to understand the effect of anatomical differences between subjects on their biomechanics and further when presenting injuries or musculoskeletal pain.

The aim of this PhD project is to describe the biomechanics in healthy and/or dog patients. By using motion capture systems and foot pressure analyses, the candidate will study the biomechanics of this specie. Different individuals will be analysed after establishing a capture protocol and, working with a multidisciplinary team, will develop the required analyses.

The student will learn about animal anatomy and biomechanics. If no previous knowledge in programming, training on a basic level will be provided.

Funding Notes

Interested candidates should contact c.gomezalvarez@surrey.ac.uk. Applicants should have a MS degree or first class degree in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Biosciences, Biomedical Engineering, Medical/Biomedical Physics or similar.

Applicant should have a very good level of English, basic physics and basic mathematics. Applicants with non-biological background, should have a strong interest in dogs. Previous experience working with dogs or other animals is desirable. Experience in programming is also desirable.


Fischer MS. and Lilje KE. Dogs in Motion. 2011. VDH, Germany

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