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Sean Murphy, DVM, DACVS, completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, moving into a one-year small animal internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and Denver Veterinary Specialists. He completed his small animal surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin before joining the WestVet team in August 2007.

While at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Murphy’s research focused on arthroscopic and MRI findings in canine shoulder disease, CT-guided tumor ablation in dogs with osteosarcoma and minimally invasive biliary surgery.


Since his arrival in 2007, Dr. Murphy has provided a broad spectrum of expertise to the patients of WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center. His focus on minimally invasive procedures along with the use of our high-speed fluoroscopy unit (a moving x-ray) allows him the ability to repair broken bones through very small incisions and place life-saving stents into the trachea, ureter, and urethra.

Dr. Murphy is extremely proficient in the areas of arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. These modalities result in decreased pain and allow faster recovery for our patients. Dr. Murphy also maintains a focus on joint reconstruction and joint replacement. He performs procedures that can replace cartilage defects and help restore a more normal joint surface thereby limiting arthritis development.

Dr. Murphy enjoys teaching and provides surgical instruction to veterinarians through continuing education lectures and laboratories on a local and national level. He enjoys both private and academic veterinary settings and understands the necessity of a collaborative relationship between client, primary care veterinarian, and the specialist through detailed and timely communication practices.

He lives in Boise with his wife Rachel and two beautiful daughters. He enjoys many outdoor activities but tends to favor fly fishing above all.




Matthew D. Barnhart, Cristobal F. Rides, Shawn C. Kennedy, Sean W. Aiken, Charles M. Walls, Christopher L. Horstman, David Mason, Jonathon C. Chandler, Jeff D. Brourman, Sean Murphy, Frederick Pike,  Steven J. Naber. Fracture Repair Using a Polyaxial Locking Plate System (PAX). Veterinary Surgery, 42: 60-66, 2013.

Monibi FA, Murphy SM, Chandler JC, Brourman JD. Fractures of the Radius and Ulna in the Dog: 73 Cases (2003-2010). 2011 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Symposium, November 2011.

Sean Murphy, Elizabeth A. Ballegeer, Lisa J. Forrest, Susan L. Schaefer. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Finding in Dogs with Confirmed Shoulder Pathology. Veterinary Surgery, 37: 631 -638, 2008

Sean Murphy, Alonso Guitierrez, Jessica Lawrence, Dale Bjorling, Thomas Mackie, Lisa Forrest. Laparoscopically Implanted Tissue Expander Radiotherapy in Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 49 (4): 400-405, 2008.

Sean Murphy, Julian D. Rodriguez, Jonathon F. McAnulty. Minimally Invasive Cholecystostomy in the Dog: Evaluation of Placement Techniques and Use in Extrahepatic Biliary Obstruction. Veterinary Surgery, 36:675-683, 2007

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