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Dr. Sam

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 30 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!