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Getting to know our new Associate Director of Continuing Education

Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Ross H. Palmer has joined us as our new Associate Director of Continuing Education (CE). Dr. Palmer is a career educator and clinical veterinary surgeon with a 25+ year experiential core in CE delivery, development and direction. Dr. Palmer also brings with him a broad-based experience that includes development, direction, and ownership of a private specialty practice in the Monterey Bay region of California.

Dr. Palmer, a native of Kansas, received his BS and DVM degrees from Kansas State University. He completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He received his small animal surgical residency training and an MS degree (Physiology) from the University of Georgia. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His veterinary career has spanned both academics (Texas A&M and Colorado State University) and private specialty practice (Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay region of California). Ross’ personal passions include international travel, cycling, fly-fishing and relaxing with his family in their family’s “off the grid” island cabin in remote northwestern Ontario, Canada. 

Ross is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Colorado State University and directed the hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery Service before assuming the role of Associate Director of CME. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout the US, Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, Russia and Asia. He was named VMX Speaker of the Year in 2019; VMX is the largest veterinary conference in the world attracting > 17,000 attendees. He is the founder of the Complete Course on External Skeletal Fixation educating veterinarians from around the world for 25 years. He’s authored > 50 journal articles and book chapters. He is President of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), editorial board member of Today’s Veterinary Practice and past board member of the VOS, World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress, North American Veterinary Conference and the Veterinary Surgery Journal. 

Ross’ clinical work has focused upon traumatology, minimally invasive surgery, limb deformity correction, and conditions of the knee. His research is directed toward disease/injury of the canine/human knee, cartilage repair and development of novel devices for human orthopedic health care. He has mentored recipients of the Best Clinical Research Award and Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. His research collaborations include Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard University, UCLA, Stanford, Columbia, Brown, Washington University and other universities as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).

Asked about his first 100 days of leadership, Dr. Palmer responded, “I’ve got a lot to learn from our CE Team. I see an exceptional breadth and depth of talent among this small and dedicated core. We have huge aspirations and that can seem daunting from where we stand, but big wins come from winning teams so we’ll be working to strengthen our core team in preparation of our building upward and outward.” Asked to define success, he stated, “success is when each of us can say, ‘I know where we are going and why we are going there, and I feel whole when I’m able to use my energy and talents to help us get there’.