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Dr. Gretchen Flo – Recognizing a Lifetime of Accomplishments

Are you one of thousands of students and clients who benefitted from Dr. Flo’s expertise and experience? Please share your story. You can also support her vision.

Professor Emeritus Gretchen Flo, DVM, MS, is one of the first women in history to become a veterinary orthopedic surgeon. In addition to her incredible clinical skills, Flo developed her own set of surgical procedures, which are routinely used today around the world to stabilize canine stifle joints after cranial cruciate ligament repair procedures. (While Flo refused to patent and profit, or even name the procedures after herself, they are generally referred to as “the Flo technique.”) 

Since joining the College of Veterinary Medicine's faculty in 1966, Dr. Flo has spent countless hours teaching students, training veterinary orthopedic surgeons, and treating patients. Thousands have benefitted from her commitment to her students and her clients. While many have thought of Dr. Flo as a permanent fixture at the College, she has decided the time has come to officially retire. (An earlier retirement in 2002 lasted for less than two weeks when she realized she was not ready to hang up her scalpel. She returned to the faculty part-time until this year.)

To recognize her decades of service to the veterinary medicine profession, and her official retirement from active practice, we’re carrying on Dr. Flo’s vision by supporting her fund – the Gretchen Flo Veterinary Orthopedics Fund.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

If you know Dr. Flo, it wouldn’t surprise you to learn she established this endowment in 2013 to further her vision for the profession. The Flo Fund provides support, in her words, “to ensure young veterinarians who are committed to orthopedics [have] access to opportunities to develop into outstanding surgeons.”

Flo’s commitment to providing training and experiences for her protégés extended beyond the operating theater. She understood the importance of providing multiple opportunities and experiences. We are asking those who have benefitted from Dr. Flo’s expertise and guidance to support her vision – to join her in ensuring that MSU will continue to produce the very best veterinary orthopedic surgeons.

In training the next generation(s) of veterinary surgeons, Flo recognized the importance of providing a broad array of experiences. Earnings from the fund have been used to support students:

  • attending seminars and conferences
  • training at clinics outside MSU to acquire additional skills and techniques
  • conducting independent research

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1FLORET” in the note section.

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