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AO VET education

Ever advancing the practice of veterinary surgery to improve patient outcomes, AO VET in 2021 extended its reach, with more than 3,500 participants taking part in 17 webinars conducted in a wide range of languages, including Chinese, English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Additionally, new educational formats were tested or further deployed; these included the AO VET Symposium—Bridging the Gap: Translating Clinical Research to Clinical Practice—Small Animal Clinical Translation and the AO VET Online Symposium—Interactive Case-Based Approach to Fracture Management: Achieving the “Sleep Factor.”

New leaders inaugurated

New chairpersons took the reins of the AO VET International Board (AO VIB) and the AO VET Education Commission (AO VEC) in July 2021. AO VIB Chairperson Jeffrey P Watkins (United States) is committed to keeping AO VET at the forefront of veterinary orthopedics and maintaining its position as the best-in-class education provider, while AO VEC Chairperson Mark Glyde (Australia) has a vision of leading and inspiring the AO VET education team to contribute to the clinical division's global leadership in the management of animal musculoskeletal disorders.


Events

5,452 participants/45 events

  • International

    57 participants/2 events

  • North America

    1,323​ participants/18 events

  • Latin America

    1,278​​ participants/9​ events

  • Europe and Southern Africa

    1,067 participants/6 events

  • Middle East and Northern Africa

    0 participants/0 events

  • Asia Pacific

    1,727​ participants/10 events

Faculty involvement

274 faculties/619 faculty days

  • International

    25 faculties/100 faculty days

  • North America

    136​ faculties/313 faculty days

  • Latin America

    38​ faculties/64 faculty days

  • Europe and Southern Africa

    30​ faculties/76​ faculty days

  • Middle East and Northern Africa

    0 faculties/0 faculty days

  • Asia Pacific

    45 faculties/66​ faculty days

The myAO success story continues

myAO proved to be an excellent tool for AO VET engagement and interaction. The vet community grew to over 3,000 users on the platform, with many of them joining the AO VET faculty-moderated groups Small Animal Fracture Care (700-plus participants) and Complications (400-plus participants). Due to the high case volume, the AO VET Community Development Commission, which initiated the groups and moderated them early on, called for AO VET faculty volunteers.

By the end of 2021, numerous cases were posted and the groups proved to be a great way to engage faculty and to digitalize the AO VET spirit. The myAO team also sent out regular expert roundups to the veterinary community, such as "Meet with Julien and Jean-Pierre Cabassu: A father and son story." Additional expert roundups were in the pipeline for 2022, including discussions with Bruno Peirone and Mike Kowaleski about March 2022 AO VET masters courses in Cremona, Italy.


New monthly newsletter launched

Ramping up its community engagement in 2021, AO VET launched a new monthly newsletter, AO VET News and Events, to provide members timely, relevant information as well as an improved overview of ongoing AO VET activities. The new e-newsletter brings together important news and upcoming regional educational activities all in one place. Each edition includes a calendar with the most relevant upcoming dates and events and links for further information.

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