Wanda Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor, Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Associate Professor, Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Residency in Small Animal Surgery, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

DVM, University of Missouri - Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine

PhD, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Dr. Gordon-Evans received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri in 2000.  Following graduation, she completed a small animal internship at Kansas State University in 2001 then an orthopaedic research fellowship at Iowa State University in 2002.  She stayed at Iowa State University in a small animal surgery residency and completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Gordon-Evans became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006 and by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2015.  She contributes to veterinary surgery through leadership positions in ACVS, VOS, and by serving on the Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation.  At the University of Minnesota, her focus is on building a cardiovascular surgery program on strong research and clinical foundations benefiting both pets and their owners.


Small Animal Surgery

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Veterinary Clinical Trials


Research Summary/Interests

Research interests include pain management, clinical outcome measures, and rehabilitation techniques.  Current research is centered on cardiovascular diseases amenable to surgical treatment.  This includes congenital heart defects, degenerative valve disease, heart failure, and the associated rehabilitation and recovery.


Knap K, Gordon-Evans WJ. Fundamentals of Rehabilitation In: Fossum eds Small Animal Surgery 4th Edition

Gordon-Evans WJ. Gait Analysis In: Tobias and Johnson eds Small Animal Surgery St Louis: Mosby Elsevier


Sullivan MO, Gordon-Evans WJ, Fredericks LP, Kiefer K, Conzemius MG, and Griffon DJ. Comparison of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Surface Markers from Bone Marrow Aspirates and Adipose Stromal Vascular Fraction Sites. Front Vet Science 2016;2:82. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2015.00082

Dillon D, Gordon-Evans WJ, Griffon D, Knap KM, Bubb C, Evans RB. Risk Factors and Diagnostic Accuracy of Clinical Findings for Meniscal Disease in Dogs with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease Vet Surg 2014;43(4):446-50.

Gordon-Evans W. The authors respond. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013 Dec15;243(12):1676.

Lockwood AA, Griffon DJ, Gordon-Evans WJ, Matheson J, Barthelemy N, Schaeffer DJ. Comparison of Two Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Thoracolumbar Spinal Canal in Dogs Vet Surg 2014 Feb;43(2):209-21

Gordon-Evans WJ, Griffon DJ, Bubb C, Knap KM, Sullivan M, Evans RB. Comparison of lateral fabellar suture and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy techniques for treatment of dogs with cranial cruciate ligament disease. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013 Sep 1;243(5):675-80

Sullivan M, Gordon-Evans WJ, Knap K. Randomized, Controlled, Clinical Trial Evaluating the Efficacy for Pulsed Signal Therapy in Dogs with Osteoarthritis Vet Surg 2013 Apr;42(3):250-4.


Board Certifications



Clinical Interests

Small Animal Surgery Cardiovascular Surgery Pain Management and Rehabilitation