Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Synovial fluid biomarkers for equine septic arthritis
  • Serum amyloid a (SAA)
  • Proteomic analysis of synovial fluid & Mass spectrometry-based techniques
  • Equine laparoscopy


Dr. Joe Bracamonte graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Extremadura in Spain. He was awarded a one-year scholarship in equine surgery at the Freie University of Berlin.

He then went on to complete a one-year internship at Equine Services Surgical Hospital in Kentucky and stayed on staff for an additional year. Next, he moved to the Ontario Veterinary College where he completed an internship, large animal surgical residency and DVSc degree. He is a Diplomate with both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. In addition, he is an ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery (Large Animal Soft Tissue). 

Dr. Bracamonte joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and is now a Professor in equine surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on identification of biomarkers for horses with septic arthritis, adhesion formation in horses, and anastomotic healing.

Academic Credentials

  • DVM, University of Extremadura (Spain), 2000
  • Internship, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Ontario Veterinary College, 2004
  • Residency, Large Animal Surgery, Ontario Veterinary College, 2007
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc), Ontario Veterinary College, 2008
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
  • Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS)

Research Interests

Dr. Bracamonte's research interests are primarily focused on the identification of synovial fluid biomarkers for the detection and eradication of septic arthritis in horses, intra-abominal adhesions, laparoscopy, biomechanical evaluation of intestinal anastomoses and celiotomy closures.


For updated information about Dr. Bracamonte's research publications, please visit PubMed

  • Yoshimura, S., Barber, S.M., Tucker, M.L., Bracamonte, J.L., Mund, S.J.K., Thomas, K.L.  2020.  Sinocutaneous fistula repair with a masseter muscle transposition flap combined with wound matrix and cancellous bone graft in a horse: A new technique.  Veterinary Surgery, 49(4): 818-824.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.13352

  • Yoshimura, S., Koziy, R.V., Dickinson, R., Moshynskyy, I., McKenzie, J.A., Simko, E., Bracamonte, J.L.  2020.  Use of serum amyloid a in serum and synovial fluid to detect eradication of infection in experimental septic arthritis in horses.  Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 84(3): 198-204.

  • Jones, T., Bracamonte, J.L., Ambros, B., Duke-Novakovski, T.  2019.  Total intravenous anesthesia with alfaxalone, dexmedetomidine and remifentanil in healthy foals undergoing abdominal surgery.  Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 46(3): 315-324.  https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaa.2019.01.003

  • Koziy, R.V., Yoshimura, S., Dickinson, R., Rybicka, J.M., Moshynskyy, I., Ngeleka, M., Bracamonte, J.L., Simko, E.  2019.  Use of standard diagnostic techniques to determine eradication of infection in experimental equine septic arthritis.  Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 83(1): 24-33.

  • Bracamonte, J.L., Devick, I., Thomas, K.L., Hendrick, S.  2018.  Comparison of hand-sewn and oversewn stapled jejunojejunal anastomoses in horses.  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 59(1): 67-73.

  • Bracamonte, J.L., Thomas, K.L.  2017.  Laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy with a vessel-sealing device in dorsal recumbent horses: 43 cases.  Veterinary Surgery, 46(4): 559-565.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.12624

  • Montgomery, J.B., Bracamonte, J.L., Alam, M.W., Khan, A.H., Mohammed, S.K., Wahid, K.A.  2017.  Is there an application for wireless capsule endoscopy in horses?  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 58(12): 1321-1325.

  • Bracamonte, J.L., Duke-Novakovski, T.  2016.  A pilot study evaluating laparoscopic closure of the nephrosplenic space using an endoscopic suturing device in standing horses.  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 57(6): 651-654.

  • Sanchez-Teran, A.F., Bracamonte, J.L., Hendrick, S., Burguess, H.J., Duke-Novakovski, T., Schott, M., Hoff, B., Rubio-Martínez, L.M.  2016.  Effect of arthroscopic lavage on systemic and synovial fluid serum amyloid A in healthy horses.  Veterinary Surgery, 45(2): 223-230.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.12439

  • Sanchez-Teran, A.F., Bracamonte, J.L., Hendrick, S., Riddell, L., Musil, K., Hoff, B., Rubio-Martínez, L.M.  2016.  Effect of repeated through-and-through joint lavage on serum amyloid A in synovial fluid from healthy horses.  Veterinary Journal, 210: 30-33.  https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.01.001

  • Thomas, K.L., Wilson, D.G., Bracamonte, J.L., Carmalt, J.L., Luby, C.D.  2016.  Quality of adhesions after sutured paramedian vs. laparoscopic toggle abomasopexy in an ovine model.  Veterinary Surgery, 45(4): 488-493.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.12468

Clinical Interests

Dr. Bracamonte's clinical interests are in equine laparoscopy, colic, septic arthritis and equine sports medicine and lameness.