Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Small Animal Surgery


After receiving her veterinary degree from Cornell University (CU) in 1984, Dr. Kathleen Linn completed a one-year internship at Colorado State University (CSU) and then went into private practice for three years in Jamestown, N.Y. She returned to CSU for a surgical residency and master’s degree, and in 1994, she became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

For nearly a decade, Dr. Linn held various teaching and clinical roles at CSU, CU, and the University of Wisconsin before joining the WCVM faculty in 2003 as an associate professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. She is also part of the small animal surgery team at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.

Dr. Linn’s professional and research interests include avian and canine orthopedics as well as soft tissue injuries.

Academic Credentials

  • BS, Allegheny College
  • DVM, Cornell University
  • MS, Colorado State University
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons


  • Lavallée, J.M., Shmon, C., Beaufrère, H., Chirino-Trejo, M., Linn, K.  2020.  Influence of clipping on bacterial contamination of canine arthrocentesis sites before and after skin preparation.  Veterinary Surgery, 49(7): 1307-1314.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vsu.13468

  • Linn, K., Duerr, F.M.  2020.  Tarsal region.  Canine Lameness: 281-306.  https://www.doi.org/10.1002/9781119473992.ch18

  • Ng, J., Linn, K.A., Shmon, C.L., Parker, S., Zwicker, L.A.  2020.  The left lateral projection is comparable to horizontal beam radiography for identifying experimental small volume pneumoperitoneum in the canine abdomen.  Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound, 61(2): 130-136.  https://www.doi.org/10.1111/vru.12826

  • Ciwko, E., Sadar, M.J., Bennett, K., Linn, K.  2018.  Transfixation pin splinting as an alternative external coaptation method in domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) long bone fractures.  Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 27(4): 31-37.  https://www.doi.org/10.1053/j.jepm.2017.09.004

  • Dobak, T.P., Starrak, G., Linn, K., Snead, E.C.R.  2017.  Imperforated cor triatriatum dexter in a dog with concurrent caudal vena cava wall mineralization.  Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 59(1): 3.  https://www.doi.org/10.1186/s13028-016-0269-5

  • Linn, K.A.  2017.  Juvenile pubic symphysiodesis.  Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice, 47(4): 851-863.  https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.cvsm.2017.03.004

  • Johnson, M.D., Shmon, C.L., Linn, K.A., Singh, B.  2016.  Ex vivo evaluation of the effect of various surgical procedures on blood delivery to the patellar tendon of dogs.  American Journal of Veterinary Research, 77(5): 548-555.  https://www.doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.77.5.548

  • Elliot, K., MacDonald-Dickinson, V., Linn, K., Simko, E., Misra, V.  2014.  Increase in gene-transcript levels as indicators of up-regulation of the unfolded protein response in spontaneous canine tumors. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 78(3): 161-167.

  • Bélanger, R., Shmon, C.L., Gilbert, P.J., Linn, K.A.  2014.  Prevalence of circumcaval ureters and double caudal vena cava in cats. American Journal Veterinary Research, 75(1): 91-95.  https://doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.75.1.91

  • Dueland, R.T., Patricelli, A.J., Adams, W.M., Linn, K.A., Crump, P.M. 2010.  Canine hip dysplasia treated by juvenile pubic symphysiodesis:  Part 1 – two year results of computer tomography and distraction index.  Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedic and Traumatology, 23: 306-317. https://www.doi.org/10.3415/VCOT-09-04-0045 

  • Dueland, R.T., Patricelli, A.J., Adams, W.M., Linn, K.A., Crump, P.M. 2010.  Canine hip dysplasia treated by juvenile pubic symphysiodesis:  Part 2 – two year clinical results.  Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedic and Traumatology, 23: 318-325.  https://www.doi.org/10.3415/vcot-09-04-0040

  • Gilbert, P., Shmon, C.L., Linn, K.A., Singh, B.  2010.  Macroscopic and microvascular blood supply of the canine common calcanean tendon.  Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 23(2): 81-86.  https://www.doi.org/10.3415/VCOT-09-05-0057

Research Interests

  • Canine cruciate injuries
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Avian orthopedics and facial reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive surgery