TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Veterinarians in the Big Bend area are learning a potentially life-saving new surgical technique courtesy of a Florida State alumnus Dr. James L. Cook, a veterinary orthopedic surgeon.
Currently a Professor of Research and Orthopedics at the University of Missouri, Cook has teamed up with Capital Veterinary Specialists to teach his very own veterinary surgery technique to other doctors.
It's a fairly new facility, but Cook says once they've adopted his technique, specialists will be better equipped and animals will have a quicker recovery time.
"So Dr. Dragus contacted me because we had known each other through the profession, it's a pretty small profession of veterinary orthopedic specialists, a pretty small group and so at conferences and through the literature he knew that I had developed this technique," said Dr. Cook. "So when he was able to diagnosis it in this patient he immediately reached out to me just by e-mail, thankful for e-mail and said you know, is there any chance you can come down and help me do this surgery and teach it to me and I said fortuately I'll be down for alumni weekend, so I'll be happy to come over and do this on Monday."
Doctor Cook is a member of Florida State's class of 1988.