Department of Clinical Sciences

Horse Racing  

Advancing the health
and well-being
of animals
and people

Alan J. Nixon

Dr. Alan J. Nixon
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
C3 187 VMC, Box 32
Ithaca, NY 14853

Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory

Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS

Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Professor of Large Animal Surgery
Director of Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory
Chief Medical Officer of Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists

Research/Clinical Interests

The Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory at Cornell University was founded to foster and expand multidisciplinary research into orthopedic problems of animals and man. The laboratory provides a focus point for the dedicated study of the basic mechanisms of orthopedic diseases and the development of innovative targeted therapeutic measures. The primary species of interest are the equine and human athlete. Results of studies involving the cause and treatment of diseases in the horse have been directly applied to similar syndromes in man and companion animal species. Examples include the development of cartilage cell transplantation for acute joint injuries in the horse.  Research done by the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory allowed the continued application of cartilage cell transplantation to the human knee.
For shoulder injuries, a study of rotator cuff fixation techniques has paved the way for better surgical repair in people and was recognized by the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons through the Neer Award for research excellence.


Education and Training

1983          Colorado State University, MS

1980-83     Colorado State University, Residency in Large Animal Surgery

1979          University of Sydney, Australia, Internship in Large Animal Surgery

1979          University of Sydney, Australia, BVSc (Honors)


Board Certification

1985          American College of Veterinary Surgeons



pubmedPlease select the PubMed link for a list of Dr. Nixon's publications.