Partnership forged for a novel patient-specific treatment for Canine Hip Dysplasia

A great invention of the research department of Veterinary medicine of Utrecht University and Surgical specialties of the UMC Utrecht ; a 3D-printed HIP Titamium Implant. Utrecht Holdings was responsible for managing and licensing the IP.

The press release:

Utrecht, Netherlands and Mühlheim a.d.D., Germany (September 22, 2022) – Utrecht University and Rita Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG proudly announce the signing of a license agreement for the new 3D HIP Titanium Implant.

 Utrecht University and RITA LEIBINGER recently signed into agreement the commercialization of the new 3D HIP Titanium Implants (patented), a first-of-its-kind patient-specific 3D-printed shelf implant for the treatment of naturally occurring and residual hip dysplasia in dogs.

To be endorsed as the least invasive and least traumatic, but most effective treatment for Canine Hip Dysplasia in the market, 3D HIP offers a much safer and more feasible alternative to the gold standard Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) and Double Pelvic Osteotomy (DPO) treatments.

This personalized shelf implant is custom fitted for each patient based on CT scans, with holes for locking screws integrated in pre-planned positions. Pre-surgery analysis and testing via motion simulations further ensures precise fit and positioning of the shelf implant, resulting to higher success rates, low complications, rapid recovery, and high joint stability.

Made of Titanium, 3D HIP has the advantage of superior biocompatibility, which promotes faster bone healing and limits uncontrolled bone proliferation. Pre-planned in 3D, and therefore not entirely dependent on the intraoperative experience of orthopedic surgeons, the 3D HIP Technique requires only a short learning curve due to its simplicity and its technologically driven approach.


Utrecht University is a public research university and the only institution in the Netherlands offering a Veterinary Medicine Programme to students that is accredited worldwide. Established in 1636, it is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and is now among the leading research institutions in veterinary medicine, and has brought forth significant medical and veterinary discoveries, innovations, and technology.


RITA LEIBINGER GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned and family-run company located in the world center of medical technology in Tuttlingen, southwest of Germany with a long family history and experience in the medical technology business.

RITA LEIBINGER business is focused on innovative veterinary orthopedic products with its own research and development, in-house manufacturing as well as worldwide sales network. Today, the company is already the world’s leading supplier of 3D-printed implants for companion animals.

To get more information about 3D HIP and to find out how to order, you may send an email to, or call us at our headquarters in Germany at +49-7463-99291-0 or visit our website at

Open Access Research Article: Patient-specific 3D-printed shelf implant for the treatment of hip dysplasia: Anatomical and biomechanical outcomes in a canine model; Authors: Koen Willemsen, Marianna Tryfonidou, Ralph Sakkers, René M. Castelein, Amir A. Zadpoor, Peter Seevinck, Harrie Weinans, Björn Meij, Bart C. H. van der Wal