Duane Robinson, DVM, PhD, DACVS (SA)

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Dr. Duane Robinson

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Duane Robinson is a board-certified surgeon in the greater Seattle area. He is available to provide mobile veterinary surgery services to general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater Seattle metro area.


Raised on a small hobby farm in Canada Duane wanted for be a veterinarian for as long as he can remember. Dr. Robinson earned his veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph in 2000. After a few years in general practice and internships Duane served as a research fellow in an Orthopedic Research Laboratory at Iowa State University and then the University of Minnesota. During his tenure at Minnesota, Duane completed a combined surgical residency and PhD finishing in 2011. Dr. Robinson achieved board-certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal in 2013.

Dr. Robinson brings 10+ years of surgical experience in both Academia and private practice to the area. Following his residency and PhD, he was an Assistant Professor at both the University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University (LSU). In the last five years Duane’s practice has been split between orthopedic and soft tissue procedures in a large specialty and emergency hospital.

Extensively published and often invited to speak at conferences and other education events, Duane is passionate about educating others. He has served on the editorial review board for the journal, Veterinary Surgery, and as a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Continuing Education Committee as the Chair of Scientific Presentations. Dr. Robinson’s research focus has been on complications associated with veterinary orthopedic implant infections and evaluating differing implant properties with the goal of reducing infection.

Dr. Robinson has enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Bothell with his wife, daughter, and their furry family (a yellow lab, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Holsteiner mare). He is excited to be able to serve pets throughout the Puget Sound area as a MOVES surgeon.


  • 2021
    Joined MOVES®
  • 2013
    Achieved board certification through ACVS.
  • 2011
    Completed combined PhD and Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Minnesota.
  • 2003-2008
    Post-Doctoral Orthopedic Research Fellow at Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota.
  • 2003
    Completed a Surgical Internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orange Park, FL
  • 2002
    Completed rotating Internship at the Ontario Veterinary College, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • 2000
    Earned DVM with Distinction from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Robinson DA, DeNardo GA, Burnside DM. What is your diagnosis? – Pulmonary abscess in an 8 week old English Mastiff. 2003 J Am Vet Med Assoc, 223(9): 1259-60.

Goetz JE, Chung YY, Zimmerman DL, Pedersen DR, Robinson DA, Conzemius MG, Brown TD. Steroid-induced versus cryoinsult-induced femoral head osteonecrosis: Statistical measurement of histologic abnormality focalization. 2005 Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, 9(4): 171-2.

Romans CW, Gordon WJ, Robinson DA, Evans R, Conzemius MG. Effect of postoperative analgesic protocol on limb function following onychectomy in cats. 2005 J Am Vet Med Assoc, 227(1): 89-93.

Wilke V, Robinson DA, Evans R, Conzemius MG. Estimate of the annual economic impact of treatment of cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs in the United States. 2005 J Am Vet Med Assoc, 227(10): 1604-7.

Robinson DA, Mason DR, Evans R, Conzemius MG. The effect of tibial plateau angle on ground reaction forces 4-17 months after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in Labrador Retrievers. 2006 Vet Surg, 35(3): 294-9.

Evans RB, Conzemius MG, Robinson DA, McClure SR, Dahlberg JA, Brown TD. Single-case experimental designs in veterinary research. 2006 Am J Vet Res, 67(1): 189-195.

Robinson DA, Romans CW, Gordon-Evans WJ, Evans R, Conzemius MG. Evaluation of short-term limb function following unilateral carbon dioxide laser or scalpel onychectomy in cats. 2007 J Am Vet Med Assoc, 230(3): 353-8.

Goetz JE, Derrick TR, Pedersen DR, Robinson DA, Conzemius MG, Baer TE, Brown TD. Hip joint contact force in the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) during normal level walking. 2008 J Biomech, 41(4): 770-8.

Goetz JE, Pedersen DR, Robinson DA, Conzemius MG, Baer TE, Brown TD. The apparent critical isotherm for cryoinsult-induced osteonecrotic lesions in emu femoral heads. 2008 J Biomech, 41(10): 2197-205.

Waxman AW, Robinson DA, Evans R, Hulse D, Innes J, Conzemius MG. Relationship between objective and subjective assessment of limb function in normal dogs with an experimentally induced lameness. 2008 Vet Surg, 37(3): 241-6.

Robinson DA, Griffith RW, Shechtman D, Evans R, Conzemius MG. In vitro antibacterial properties of magnesium metal against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. 2010 Acta Biomater, 6(5): 1869-77.

Goetz JE, Robinson DA, Pedersen DR, Conzemius MG, Brown TD. Cryoinsult parameter effects on the histologically apparent volume of experimentally induced osteonecrotic lesions. 2011 J Orthop Res, 29(6): 931-7.

Robinson DA, Bechtold JE, Carlson CS, Evans RB, Conzemius MG. Development of a fracture osteomyelitis model in the rat femur. 2011 J Orthop Res, 29(1): 131-7.

Robinson DA. Recovery & Rehab: Orthopedic Follow-Up Evaluations: Identifying Complications. 2014 Today’s Veterinary Practice, (Sept/Oct) 71-79.

Joudrey SD, Robinson DA, Kearney M, Papich M, da Cunha AF. Plasma Concentrations of Lidocaine in Dogs Following Lidocaine Patch Application Over An Incision Compared to Intact Skin. 2014 J. vet. Pharmacol. Therap, 38(6): 575-80.

Balsa I, Robinson DA. Juvenile Orthopedic Disease in Dogs and Cats. Part 1: Musculoskeletal Development and Pediatric Bones Diseases. 2015 Today’s Veterinary Practice, 6(3): 38-45. http://todaysveterinarypractice.navc.com/wp- content/uploads/2016/05/TVP_2016-0506_JuvenileOrthopedic.pdf

Joudrey SD, Robinson DA, Blair R, McLaughlin LD, Gaschen L. Perianal neuroendocrine tumor with suspected lymph node metastasis causing colonic compression and subsequent megacolon. 2015 Can Vet J, 56(3): 240-244.

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    What is a board-certified veterinary surgeon?

    Like most health care fields, the veterinary profession has become multi-tiered. Veterinarians may now specialize in various disciplines (including surgery), as recognized by the AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS). The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization™ for certification of veterinarians in large animal surgery and small animal surgery.

    If your animal develops a problem or injury requiring advanced care and procedures, your primary veterinarian or emergency room veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary surgeon.

    A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

    During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

    Adapated from “What is a Veterinary Surgeon?” on acvs.org.