Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Dr. David Dycus grew up in north Georgia, just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Dycus received his Bachelor of Arts from LaGrange College where he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. While at LaGrange College, Dr. Dycus received numerous awards and scholarships from the science department, along with the prestigious Waights G. Henry award, which is given to the most outstanding graduating senior of the university. During his time at LaGrange College, Dr. Dycus was also able to travel to Costa Rica multiple times to study primate behavior.
Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time at Mississippi State University, Dr. Dycus not only received multiple scholarships for outstanding academics, but also was actively involved with research. As a veterinary student, Dr. Dycus completed research projects focusing on Listeria spp. bacteria, and the healing properties of rat tendons. It was also during veterinary school that Dr. Dycus became involved with Nutramax Labs to begin studying the effects of oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. Upon graduation from Mississippi State University, Dr. Dycus completed a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University, and then returned to Mississippi State University to complete a three-year surgical residency.
During his time as a surgical resident, Dr. Dycus completed his Master of Science with research focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis in the canine patient. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to repair ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus was able to participate in other research projects during his residency, such as using a rabbit model to study the effects of hypertension on the heart. He has had the opportunity to present his research both locally and nationally. To remain on the cutting-edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple veterinary journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery, the official publication of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Dycus enjoys all aspects of surgery, but has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis, along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of minimally invasive procedures, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification from Vet Stem in 2007. In 2015, Dr. Dycus earned his certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.
Outside of VOSM, Dr. Dycus enjoys running marathons, cycling, and spending time with his wife, Brooke, and their daughter, Kennedy.