Canine Cruciate Center of New England

Meet Dr. Murtha, “The ACL Vet”


In a manner of speaking, Dr. Murtha has a lifetime of experience in the veterinary profession.  He grew up working in his father’s veterinary practice in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Murtha was pursuing a career in research at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 1985, Dr. Murtha realized his passion was in healing his patients and began his career in clinical practice pursuing his interests in surgery.

In addition to his private clinical practices, in 1986 Dr. Murtha became involved in the medical care of racing greyhounds as the result of ethical concerns he had regarding their welfare. For twenty-four years Dr. Murtha was a state-licensed official tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the welfare of hundreds of racing greyhounds as well as their medical and surgical care. This extensive experience afforded Dr. Murtha a wealth of knowledge in canine sports medicine, orthopedics, and surgery that has served him well throughout the years in caring for his patients in his clinical practices.

After the racetrack closed in 2009, Dr. Murtha dedicated his time and energy for the last 10+ years to his surgical practice and refining his proprietary QuadriLateral Fabella (“QLF”) surgical procedure, a revolutionary alternative to the commonly used TPLO method. Having now performed thousands of QLF’s with a nearly 100% satisfaction rating, Dr. Murtha feels confident that his QLF procedure has been perfected.

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