DVM, Diplomate ACVS Veterinary Surgeons, Professor Emeritus (Orthopedicis), Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Dr. Egger is a native of Denver, Colorado and completed his undergraduate education and received his DVM at Colorado State University in 1975. He then completed a small animal Internship at Purdue University (1976) and a surgical Residency at the University of Missouri (1978). Following a short period in a Boston private veterinary surgical referral practice, he joined the teaching faculty at Iowa State University in 1978 where he specialized in orthopedics. In 1982 he fulfilled the requirements and was certified as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Later that year, he joined the faculty at Colorado State University and in 1986 was promoted and tenured. Dr. Egger has participated as chairman of various ACVS and Veterinary Orthopedic Society committees over the years and in 1986 served as president of the national Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Egger’s early research and writing activities narrowed to concentrate on fracture fixation and the effects of fracture mechanical environment on fracture healing. To that end, in 1990 he completed a fellowship at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory of the Mayo Clinic where he was investigating the effects of axial “dynamization” on fracture healing. While at the Mayo clinic he also developed animal models for studying bone ingrowth into metallic prosthesis and a new method for attaching tendons to metallic prosthesis. He developed an acrylic-pin external fixator system (APEF) for fracture management which became commercially available in 1992, In September of 1997, Dr. Egger left CSU’s clinical practice to join the Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado and begin his own Veterinary Orthopedic Consulting (VOC) practice that provides mobile consulting to practices in Aspen and Jackson Hole. In 2004, he rejoined the CSU clinical faculty with a special appointment in orthopedic surgery and maintains his private VOC activity. Current research activities include continuing development of the Acrylic Pin External Fixator system, improvement of Total hip replacement devices and implantation techniques. Fors the last two years, he has been developing a transcutaneous osseointegrative intrameduallary implant for salvaging limb function following lower limb amputation. He continues to lecture widely on orthropedic problems and their surgical treatment to students and professional groups.
In May of 2011, Dr. Egger retired from CSU, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and continues to provide orthopedic consulting and surgical services to western Colorado and Wyoming.
For fun, Egger hikes, bikes (both pedal and crotch rocket), occasionally abuses wood calling it logging and carpentry, and most recently is actively developing a Yak farm.