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 leads the sports medicine & rehabilitation, osteoarthritis and pain clinic (smoap) at the QMHA, a multidisciplinary service working in collaboration with the physiotherapy, anaesthesia and neurology services. 

Pilar has conducted research in the area of bone lengthening, and small animal orthopaedics such as external fixators and supraspinatus tendinopathy. She is also undertaking reserch related to other therapies such laser therapy and rehabilitation in relation to orthopaedic conditions. 

  • “A retrospective survey of injuries occurring in dogs and handlers participating in Canicross”Lafuente P. Whyle C. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 31(5):332-338, 2018.
  •  “Retrospective study of 240 elbow arthroscopies” Chico A,  Rial J., Lafuente P,Clin. Vet. Peq. Anim38 (3): 177- 188, 2018
  •  “Treatment of hemorrhagic hepatic cysts with omentalization in a serval”.  Lafuente P, Bachelez A, Powers M, Finch N. Open Veterinary Journal7(2): 139-142, 2017.
  •   “Palliative epineurotomy for focal radial malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour in a dog”.  Gibson A, Davies E, Lara-García A, Lafuente P. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 52(5): 330-334,2016.
  • “Canine appendicular osteosarcoma”Vet Ireland Journal 6 (4): 207-216, 2016
  • “Spinal anaesthesia with hypobaric ropivacaine and morphine in a cat with a unilateral pelvic fracture” Viscasillas J, Sanchís-Mora S, Seymour C,Lafuente P.J Vet Sci Med Diagn 4:5, 2015.
  • Effectiveness of slow motion video in improving the accuracy and consistency of subjective gait analysis. Lane DM, Hill SA, Huntingford J, Lafuente P, Wall R, Jones K. Open Veterinary Journal 5(2): 158-165, 2015.
  • “Management of medial patellar luxation in dogs: what you need to know” . Pérez P., Lafuente P.  Vet Ireland Journal 4 (12): 578-584, 2014.
  •  “Migrating sewing needle in the cervical vertebral canal in a dog”. Lafuente P, Driver C.Vet Rec Case Rep 12th February 2014.
  •  “Open wounds in dogs and cats: classification and initial management.”Naranjo S, Lafuente P. Clin. Vet. Peq. Anim, 33 (1): 17-29, 2013. Also published in a Russian veterinary journal.
  •  “Young, male neutered, obese, lame? Non-traumatic fractures of the femoral head and neck”Lafuente P.J Feline Med Surg. 13(7): 498-507, 2011
  • Experimental study of bone lengthening in dogs by means of backscattered scanning electron microscopy (BS-SEM)”Lafuente MP, Franch J, Durall I, Manzanares C. Vet Surg, 38 (3): 388-397, 2009.
  • “Surgical treatment of mineralized and non-mineralized supraspinatus tendinopathy in 24 dogs: a retrospective study”Lafuente MP, Fransson BA, Lincoln JD, Martinez SA, Gavin PR, Lahmers KK, Gay JM. Vet Surg, 38 (3): 380-387, 2009.
  • “Management of humeral and femoral fractures in dogs and cats with linear- circular hybrid external skeletal fixators”Kirkby KA, Lewis DD, Lafuente MP, Radash RM, Fitzpatrick N, Farese JP, Wheeler JL, Hernandez JA. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc, 44(4): 180-197, 2008.
  • “Arthropathy caused by a lead bullet in a dog”Barry SL, Lafuente MP, Martinez SA. J Am Vet Med Assoc, 232(6): 886-888, 2008


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 particularly involved in sports medicine and rehabilitation, and regenerative medicine.

Pilar Lafuente has also been invited to speak at multiple national and international conferences (ECVS, ESVOT, BVOA, SEVC, NAVC, etc) and has also presented reserach abstract in multiple national and international conferences (BSAVA, SEVC, etc).

She is a member of the Advanced Practitioner Professional Skills Panel (RCVS)? and a Member of the Credentialing and Residency Committee of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). She leads and evaluate de BAP -1 , SAS-6 and SAS-7 of the Cert AVP at the RVC.

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