3D Printing in Veterinary Practice (Premium)

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3D Printing for Vet Live

In our first community event focusing on 3D printing in veterinary practice, we invited a handful of international experts from veterinarian medicine, engineering, startups to explore this new and exciting field.

Complex surgeries and treatment plans can be difficult for veterinarians even for the most experienced veterinarians. Pre-planning using imaging software with DICOM data is used to create 3d printed models based on patient-specific anatomy. This allows vet surgeons to practice in advance of the actual surgery.


Bill Oxley

Founder Vet3D, RCVS Specialist orthopedic surgeon,Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Bill graduated from Cambridge University Vet School in 1997 and subsequently worked as a vet in general practice before undertaking specialist training in Orthopedics. Bill then worked as a referral orthopedic surgeon for nearly 10 years, during which time he started using CAD-based virtual surgical planning and 3D-printed surgical guides in the treatment of cases. Bill’s company Vet3D has now provided over 900 patient-specific 3D-printed guide systems for surgeons around the world for the treatment of limb deformities, joint fusions, and spinal instability syndromes. 

Dr. Edyta Bula

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, E. Lansing, MI

Dr. Edyta Bula is a third-year small animal surgery resident at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is concurrently near completion of her Masters of Science degree. Her research is focused on 3D design and biomechanical testing of rock-back during TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy), the most common surgery utilized to correct the cruciate deficient stifle in the dog. Edyta has also been involved in research pertaining to TTTA in cats, minimally invasive sacroiliac luxation/fracture fixation, pseudoacetabulum post total hip replacement in the canine, and quantification of the tensile strength of the Aberdeen knot on abdominal closure in dogs. Edyta was born and raised in Michigan and completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Michigan State in 2016. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine prior to returning to Michigan State to continue her surgical and research training.

Dr. Stewart Ryan

Head of Small Animal Surgery Service at The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Melbourne, Australia

Stewart is a specialist veterinary surgeon at the Melbourne Veterinary School who loves exploring ways to make surgical treatments less invasive and make complex procedures more understandable for pet owners and students through advanced technologies including minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology, and 3D models for training and education. 

Read Dr. Ryan’s past Expert Corner blog : 3D Printed Bronchoscopy Simulator for Medical and Veterinary Training

Richard Doerer

3DHEALS Detroit Community Manager, Founder Modl3d, LLC Royal Oak, MI

Richard Doerer is the 3DHEALS Detroit Community Manager. He is the founder of Modl3D, LLC, a medical technology company specializing in 3D printing and medical imagery for veterinary practices and education. Recent projects include canine nasal sarcomas, brain meningiomas, and aneurysms in the caudal vena cava. He started with additive in the 1990’s using 3D Systems SLA’s for product development for consumer goods. Richard has been involved in product development in consumer products and automotive for the past 25 years. In addition to his work with Modl3D, Richard is the Additive Lab Manager/Engineering Manager for Adient, LLC. Adient, LLC is the largest global automotive seat manufacturer.  Richard is a graduate of the Yale School of Art MFA and Michigan State University MBA. 

Interview: Richard Doerer, Detroit, Michigan