The SLU Movement Laboratory was recently equipped with a complete Qualisys motion capture system. The SLU canine movement laboratory, part of the Department of Clinical Sciences and the University Animal Hospital, is run by veterinarian and movement researcher Pia Gustås, professor Anne-Sofie Lagerstedt, and veterinary medicine physiotherapist Kjerstin Pettersson.
It is the very first of its kind in Europe. In this laboratory, dogs get their share of daily exercise on a treadmill, whilst having their movements recorded by six Oqus 300 (500 fps) cameras.
A Kistler Walkway Force plate provides force data from each paw. Combined with the motion data, researchers are given sufficient information to correctly locate problems and make an objective assessment of the dog.
One key interest at the SLU lab, is to evaluate which treatment, whether it is a certain orthopaedic surgical procedure or physiotherapy, is the better choice at different injuries and/or movement disorders. One recent study compares two different methods of surgery used when treating cruciate ligament disorders. Another main research area is the study of healthy and unhealthy angulation in different dog breeds, some breeds have over,- or under-angulated joints.