Dr. Alvaro Bonilla obtained his Veterinary Degree in 2005 from University of Cordoba (Spain), followed
by two internships in Spain. One at a private practice and the second one at University of Barcelona.
Then, he moved to Canada where he completed a surgical internship at Milton Equine Hospital, followed
by an orthopedic research fellowship at University of Pennsylvania (USA) (2009-11). After all this
training, he went to The Ohio State University where he obtained a Master of Science focused on the
stifle and subchondral cystic lesions at the same time that he completed an equine surgical residency
(2011-14). In February 2015, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
After finishing his residency, he stayed at The Ohio State University as an Emergency and Surgery Clinical
Instructor for one year followed by locums at University of Montreal (Canada), Charles Sturt University
(Australia) and Langford Equine Centre (University of Bristol, UK) before joining the busy surgical team at
University of Montreal in 2016. For the last 7 years, Dr. Alvaro has been a professor at University of
Montreal and has been exposed to a very high and diverse caseload in soft tissue and orthopedic
procedures. Additionally, Dr. Alvaro was the director of the research lab in clinically applicable and
minimally invasive surgery and has developed multiple minimally invasive techniques and standing
procedures, including standing needle arthroscopy in multiple joints, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic
procedures and minimal invasive sinoscopy. Dr. Alvaro regularly publishes articles in peer-reviewed
journals and participates in national and international conferences.
Dr. Alvaro comes with his wife Carolina, native of North Carolina, and his daughters Sofia and Lucia.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and watching soccer, cooking
Dr. Alvaro main fields of interest are: Standing arthroscopy and standing surgery in general,
subchondral cystic lesions in the stifle, orthopedic and arthroscopic surgery, sinoscopy, oromaxillary and
sinus surgery and minimally invasive procedures (ex: laparoscopy).