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Research Group Prof. Böttcher and Prof. Brunnberg



Research Group Prof. Böttcher


Areas of Scientific Interest


  • Canine joint biomechanics

  • Fluoroscopic gait analysis

  • Developmental elbow disease

  • Cruciate ligament disease

  • 3D-modelling and rapid prototyping

  • Arthroscopy

  • Spinal surgery

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Fracture repair

  • Post- traumatic osteomyelitis in dogs and cats

  • Carpal joint biomechanics in cats

  • Total hip endoprosthesis

  • Stem Cell Therapy

  • Development and validation of skill lab models






Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, FU Berlin:

Institut für Mikrobiologie und Tierseuchen
Institut für Tierpathologie

Institut für Immunologie und Molekularbiologie (IMB)


National and International Universities:

Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaften und –technologien, Technische Universität Berlin

ZESBO (Zentrum zur Erforschung der Stütz- und Bewegungsorgane), Universität Leipzig, Germany

Department of Small Animal Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany

Institute for Veterinary Anatomy, University of Leipzig, Germany

Department of Small Animal Surgery, VetSwiss-Faculty, Zürich, Switzerland

Oral- and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Basel

Department of Small Animal Surgery, Cornell University, USA

Julius-Wolff-Institut für Biomechanik und Musculoskelettale  Regeneration, Charité, Berlin, Germany

Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin, Fachbereich II – Mathematik, Physik, Chemie, Berlin, Germany

Institut für Ernährung Wissenschaft, Universität Potsdam, Germany





Federal Research Institutes:

Frauenhofer IWU, Dresden, Germany

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik, ZIB-Berlin, Germany



Important Publications (last 5 years)

George Manchi, Mathias M. Brunnberg, Muhammad Shahid, Ahmad Al Aiyan, Erik Chow, Leo Brunnberg, Silke Stein (2017): Radial and ulnar fracture treatment with paraosseous clamp-cerclage stabilisation technique in 17 toy breed dogs. Veterinary Record Open, page 1-9.


Pavel Slunsky, Mathias M. Brunnberg, Leo Brunnberg, Tanja Pagel (2017): Post-traumatic osteomyelitis in dogs and cats and the comparison with the incidence of bacterial colonization in removed plate implants. Intern J Appl Res Vet Med. Vol.15, No.1, 31-36.


Pavel Slunsky, Mathias M. Brunnberg, Muhammad Shahid, Alexander Haake, Leo Brunnberg (2017): A case of haematogenous spread osteomyelitis with development of a bone lytic lesion in a young boxer mixed- breed dog. Wiener Tierärztliche Monatsschrift. Vol. 104, 101-107.


Göknil Kalayci, Cagri Binici, Julia Tünsmeyer, Silke Stein, Ahmad Al Aiyan, Kerstin Müller, Leo Brunnberg (2017): Diagnosis and surgical correction of congenital bilateral patellar luxation into dwarf zebu calves.  Tierärztliche Praxis Großtiere 1/2017, 1-9.


Pavel Slunsky, Mathias M.Brunnberg, Shenja Loderstedt, Leo Brunnberg (2017): Effect of intraoperative positioning on the diameter of the vertebral canal in cats during perineal urthrostomy (cadaveric study). Journall of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 1-7.


Muhammad Shahid, George Manchi, Pavel Slunsky, Omar Nasser, A.Fatima, Leo Brunnberg, Jens Raila (2017): A systemic review of existing serological possibilities to diagnose canine  osteoarthritis with a particular focus on extracellular matrix proteoglucans and protein. Polnisch Journal of Veterinary Sciences Vol. 20, 189-201. 


Muhammad Shahid, Leo Brunnberg, Jens Raila (2017): Use of proteomics analysis to determine the protein constituents of synovial fluid samples from the stifle joints of dogs with and without osteoarthritis secondary to cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

American Journal of Veterinary Research. Accepted for publication


In vivo fluoroscopic kinematography of dynamic radio-ulnar incongruence in dogs.

Rohwedder T, Fischer M, Peter B.

Open Vet J. 2017;7(3):221-228. doi: 10.4314/ovj.v7i3.4. Epub 2017 Jul 23.


Validation of biplane high-speed fluoroscopy combined with two different noninvasive tracking methodologies for measuring in vivo distal limb kinematics of the horse.

Geiger SM, Reich E, Böttcher P, Grund S, Hagen J.

Equine Vet J. 2017 Jul 13. doi: 10.1111/evj.12717. [Epub ahead of print]


Multiple thoracolumbar partial lateral corpectomies in 17 dogs.

Flegel T, Münch M, Held K, Salger F, Ziegler L, Böttcher P.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2016 Dec 5;44(6):397-403. Epub 2016 Oct 25. English, German. Erratum in: Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2017 Feb 9;45(1):A10.


Prospective Evaluation of the Leipzig Stifle Distractor.

Winkels P, Pozzi A, Cook R, Böttcher P.

Vet Surg. 2016 Jul;45(5):631-5. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12495.


Arthroscopic assisted femoral tunnel drilling for the intra-articular anatomic cranial cruciate ligament reconstruction in dogs.

Bolia A, Böttcher P.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2015;43(5):299-308. doi: 10.15654/TPK-141128. Epub 2015 Sep 3.


Focal humero-ulnar impingement following subtotal coronoid ostectomy in six dogs with fragmented medial coronoid process.

Bräuer S, Böttcher P.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2015;43(3):156-60. doi: 10.15654/TPK-140606. Epub 2015 May 27.



Radiographic location of the femoral footprint of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs.

Bolia A, Winkels P, Böttcher P.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2015;43(1):23-30. doi: 10.15654/TPK-140357. Epub 2015 Jan 22.



Relationship between axial radioulnar incongruence with cartilage damage in dogs with medial coronoid disease.

Eljack H, Böttcher P.

Vet Surg. 2015 Feb;44(2):174-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12234.x. Epub 2014 Jun 24.


Sagittal joint instability in the cranial cruciate ligament insufficient canine stifle. Caudal slippage of the femur and not cranial tibial subluxation.

Rey J, Fischer MS, Böttcher P.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2014;42(3):151-6.



[Comparative radiologic examination of the canine elbow with and without elbow dysplasia under standardized load].

Starke A, Böttcher P, Pfeil I.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2014;42(3):141-50. German.



Neurologic outcome after thoracolumbar partial lateral corpectomy for intervertebral disc disease in 72 dogs.

Salger F, Ziegler L, Böttcher IC, Oechtering G, Böttcher P, Flegel T.

Vet Surg. 2014 Jul;43(5):581-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12157.x. Epub 2014 Jan 31.


Cubital subchondral joint space width and CT osteoabsorptiometry in dogs with and without fragmented medial coronoid process.

Krotscheck U, Böttcher PB, Thompson MS, Todhunter RJ, Mohammed HO.

Vet Surg. 2014 Mar;43(3):330-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12121.x. Epub 2014 Jan 22.



[Radiologic quantification of the elbow conformation with a new method for acquiring standardized x-rays under load. Reference valus for medium sized and large dogs without dysplasia of the elbow joint].

Starke A, Böttcher P, Pfeil I.

Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2013;41(3):145-54. German.



Sensitivity and specificity of 3D models of the radioulnar joint cup in combination with a sphere fitted to the ulnar trochlear notch for estimation of radioulnar incongruence in vitro.

Eljack H, Werner H, Böttcher P.

Vet Surg. 2013 May;42(4):365-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2013.01096.x. Epub 2013 Apr 22.



Estimation of joint incongruence in dysplastic canine elbows before and after dynamic proximal ulnar osteotomy.

Böttcher P, Bräuer S, Werner H.

Vet Surg. 2013 May;42(4):371-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2013.01085.x. Epub 2013 Mar 4.


Effect of ventral slot procedure on spinal cord compression in dogs with single static intervertebral disc disease: preliminary findings while evaluating a semiquantitative computed tomographic myelographic score of spinal cord compression.

Böttcher P, Böttcher IC, Truar K, Ludewig E, Oechtering G, Flegel T.

Vet Surg. 2013 May;42(4):383-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01067.x. Epub 2012 Dec 12.