Matthew D. Barnhart, DVM, MS, DACVS

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MedVet Columbus

Matthew D. Barnhart, DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVS, is a Board-certified Veterinary Surgeon at MedVet Columbus, where he has been a part of the team since 1999. He is also the Surgery Specialty Leader for all MedVet locations.

Dr. Barnhart attended The George Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. Following his graduation from veterinary school, he completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital and a three-year residency in small animal surgery at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He also earned a Masters of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences during his residency program.

Since becoming a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000, Dr. Barnhart has become a leader in the veterinary surgery community. He is the author and co-author of several scientific papers widely published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Surgery and contributed to veterinary textbooks including The Small Animal Emergency Manual – The First 24 Hours. He has served as   principal investigator in several clinical trials, studying veterinary orthopedic implants and pain control in dogs.

Dr. Barnhart is also an active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals and has lectured nationally and internationally on such veterinary orthopedic topics as pathophysiology of cranial cruciate ligament rupture, fracture repair techniques, and management of osteoarthritis.

Although Dr. Barnhart maintains an interest in all aspects of small animal surgery, his practice is focused on orthopedics including cranial cruciate ligament repair, joint replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Barnhart is a pioneer of veterinary orthopedics in the state of Ohio. He was the first to perform such innovative procedures as tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO) and minimally invasive fracture and joint surgeries.

  • Bachelor of Science: The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Internship: Oradell Animal Hospital, Oradell, New Jersey
  • Master of Science: Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Residency: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
  • Board Certification: Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons Foundation, Board of Trustees Member
  • AOVet (AOVet represents a global network of surgeons highly specialized in the field of veterinary orthopedic surgery. The mission of AOVet is to advance the practice of veterinary surgery to improve patient outcomes.)
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
  • Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine
  • Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association