Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Sabrina Brounts


Department of Surgical Sciences
Office: 4165

Titles and Education

  1. Clinical Professor, Head of Large Animal Surgery – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. Doctorate of Philosophy – University of Wisconsin-Madison 2018
  3. Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehab 2014
  4. Diplomate European College of Veterinary Surgeons 2011
  5. Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2005
  6. Master of Science – Purdue University 2004
  7. DVM – School of Veterinary Medicine University of Utrecht, The Netherlands 1999


Dr. Brounts is interested in the biology of tendon/ligament injury and regenerative medicine treatment strategies for tendon repair such as acoustoelastography. She is part of a collaborative interdisciplinary research group in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine & Public Health and currently has several active research projects in this field, including degenerative suspensory ligament disease (DSLD) in the horse, and regenerative medicine for tendon injuries.


Dr. Brounts is involved in the both the undergraduate and graduate/resident teaching in the veterinary program. She teaches students during their clinical rotations as well as during elective food animal and equine surgery courses. She is also involved in the continuing education for private practitioners.

Clinical Interests

Dr Brounts is interested in all aspects of large animal surgery with a special interest in tendon/ligament  injury, regenerative medicine treatment strategies for tendon repair and bone healing.

Recent Publications

  1. De Gasperi D, Dzierzak SL, Muir P, Vanderby R Jr, Brounts SH*. In-vivo evaluation of effects of sedation on acoustoelastography (AEG) of the superficial digital flexor tendons in clinically normal horses. Am J Vet Res 2017; 78:1421-1425
  2. Plaas A, Luo W, Trella K, Gorski D, Gao S, Li J, Sandy J, Brounts SH, Galante J. Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD) in Peruvian Paso Horses is characterized by altered expression of TGFb signaling components in adipose-derived stromal fibroblasts. PlosOne 2016;11
  3. Racette M, Al Saleh H, Waller K, Bleedorn J, McCabe R, Vanderby Jr R, Markel M, Brounts SH, Block W, Muir P. 3D FSE cube and VIPR-aTR 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging predicts canine cranial cruciate ligament structural properties. Vet J 2016, 209;150-155
  4. Martin JA, Biedrzycki AH; Lee KS, M; DeWall RJ, Brounts SH; Murphy WL; Markel MD; Thelen DG. In Vivo measures of shear wave speed as a prediction of tendon elasticity and strength. Ultrasound Med Biol 2015; 10: 2722-30
  5. Ellison M, Duenwald-Kuehl S, Forrest L, Vanderby R, Brounts SH*. Reproducibility and feasibility of acoustoelastography in the normal equine superficial digital flexor tendon. Am J Vet Res 2014; 75: 581-587