After graduating from Colorado State University in 1979, Dr. Randy Acker moved to Sun Valley, Idaho and became the owner of the Sun Valley Animal Center. Dr. Randy Acker’s focus has been in canine surgery with a particular emphasis on canine orthopedics. By attending multiple orthopedic courses over the years, Dr. Randy Acker has obtained the skills to achieve excellence in orthopedic surgeries. Courses attended by Dr. Rand Acker include cruciate ligament repair (TPLO, TTA, and others), hip replacement (BioMedtrix, Kyon, Micro and Nano Hip Systems), bone plating, arthroscopy, external fixation, and many others.
In the early 1990′s, Dr. Randy Acker began doing the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) after learning the surgical technique from Dr. Barclay Slocum who developed the TPLO.
Dr. Randy Acker has been an instructor seven times at the Kyon Total Hip Replacement course. Dr. Randy Acker is certified by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to instruct Total Hip Replacement (THR) courses.
Dr. Randy Acker’s interest in orthopedics has led him to multiple orthopedic patents, invitations to lecture worldwide, and the development of the TATE Elbow. Dr. Randy Acker has taught numerous TATE Elbow courses. The TATE Elbow was developed and named after the Acker Family’s yellow lab, Tate who suffered from severe elbow arthritis.
Dr. Randy Acker at the Sun Valley Animal Center has many long term employees including two DVM brothers and two DVM daughters making the practice a family business. The Sun Valley Animal Center aims to treat their patients like they are their own pets.