Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Orthopaedics

Pilar is a Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery, an American and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, and an American Specialist in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is involved in clinical work, teaching and research. Her interests include joint and tendon pathology, arthroscopy, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and regenerative medicine.

Pilar graduated from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1998. After a rotating internship at the Veterinary Clinical Hospital of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in Spain, she conducted a PhD investigating bone lengthening in dogs at the same University. In 2004 she moved to Gainesville (Florida) to complete an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Florida. One year later she started a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Washington State University and she became a diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009.
In 2009 Pilar became a Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery (orthopaedics) at the Royal Veterinary College. She obtained her Certificate in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy and her American Diploma in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2014.

Pilar has conducted research in the area of bone lengthening, and small animal orthopaedics such as external fixators and supraspinatus tendinopathy.

Lafuente P (2013). Initial management of trauma patients. Vet Ireland Journal 3 (9): 496-502.

Lafuente MP, Franch J, Durall I, Manzanares C(2009). Experimental study of bone lengthening in dogs by means of backscattered scanning electron microscopy (BS-SEM). Vet Surg, 38 (3): 388-397.

Lafuente MP, Franson BA, Lincoln JD, Martinez SA, Gavin PR, Lahmers KK, Gay JM (2009). Surgical treatment of mineralized and non-mineralized supraspinatus tendinopathy in 24 dogs: a retrospective study. Vet Surg, 38 (3): 380-387.

Kirkby KA, Lewis DD, Lafuente MP, Radash RM, Fitzpatrick N, Farese JP, Wheeler JL, Hernandez JA (2008). Management of humeral and femoral fractures in dogs and cats with linear- circular hybrid external skeletal fixators. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc, 44(4):180-197.

Franch J, Diaz-Bertrana C, Lafuente P, Fontecha P, Durall I (2006). Beta-tricalcium phosphate as a synthetic cancellous bone graft in veterinary orthopaedics: a retrospective study of 13 clinical cases. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol, 19(4): 196-204.

Lafuente P, Franch J, Durall I, Díaz-Bertrana MC, Márquez RM (2005). Comparison between meloxicam and transdermally administered fentanyl for treatment of postoperative pain in dogs undergoing osteotomy of the tibia and fibula and placement of a uniplanar external distraction device. J Am Vet Med Assoc 227: 1768-1774.

Pilar´s teaching functions include lectures and laboratories in the musculoskeletal module of the BVetMed, and clinical teaching and training of final year veterinary students, interns and surgery residents at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA). Pilar is also involved in the provision of small animal orthopaedics related CPD courses for veterinary surgeons.

Pilar is a member of the Small Animal Orthopaedic team at the Royal Veterinary College. She is involved with the diagnosis and treatment of a multiple musculo-skeletal conditions, ranging from acute trauma and fractures to elective surgery. She is particulary invoved in sports medicine and rehabiltation, and regenerative medicine.

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