AO VET Online Course—Lameness in Dogs: Diagnosis and Decision-Making

This 6-week, course with a competency-based curriculum focuses on enhancing decision-making skills, specifically related to lameness in dogs, and improving outcomes of canine surgery.

It’s tailored to meet participants’ educational needs by offering:

  • A flexible schedule with self-directed online learning modules
  • Interactive modules designed to foster lasting retention of knowledge
  • Knowledge exchange on a global scale: Lectures are presented by 10-12 experienced faculty members, representing diverse expertise from four different regions, and welcomes participants from across the globe.
  • Supportive educational environment: Participants are invited to raise questions, initiating discussion with the experienced faculty members and fellow participants, in order to maximize their learning outcomes.
  • Access to a wide range of resources: Expert presentations, discussion forums, and the myAO case application are integrated seamlessly into your learning experience.
  • Credentialing commitment to growth: Participants earn recognition for their dedication to professional advancement by receiving an AO VET course completion certificate upon successfully completing the course.
  • High-quality education by expert surgeons, backed by the AO Education Institute.

10-12 top faculty from all over the world

6-week online course with flexible self-directed learning and interactive sessions

For veterinary students, residents, and surgeons

Network with colleagues from all over the world

CME credits

Course content

  • Goals of the course

    This online course aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop and refine their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the diagnosis and decision-making of lameness in dogs, while benefiting from the flexibility and the interactive learning environment of online education.

  • Target audience

    This course is designed for individuals interested in managing both common and challenging cases in dogs and in aiming to deepen their understanding of diagnosing canine lameness.

    Veterinary students, residents, and surgeons are encouraged to join the course, where they can become part of a supportive environment, conducive to expanding their knowledge and refining their diagnostic skills in this field.

  • Learning objectives

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Conduct a physical ortho exam of a dog’s front limb
    • Conduct a physical ortho exam of a dog’s hind limb
    • Obtain radiographs when required: 2 orthogonal views of both sides is the expected standard when possible (obtained correctly for each limb or joint)
    • Position the patient correctly for the radiographic examination for routine views, challenges with breed and size, and special and stress x-rays
    • Recognize the benefits of orthogonal views and limitations of fewer x-rays and radiation exposure with hand-held approach
    • Recognize advanced modalities and when to refer (for ultrasound, MRI, special blood tests).
  • Course summary
    • Course divided into 8 key modules
    • Duration: 40 hours self directed learning
    • 3 live online sessions - (2 hours/session)
    • Seamless communication with faculty members and participants during the entire course
    • Access to AO VET resources, including expert presentations, readings and myAO case application
  • Course modules
    1. Preparation, history, examination, radiography
    2. Approaching Lameness Diagnosis
    3. Front Limb Pathologies in Young Animals
    4. Front Limb Pathologies in Older Animals
    5. Hind Limb Pathologies in Young Animals
    6. Hind Limb Pathologies in Older Animals
    7. Structured Cases: Front Limb
    8. Structured Cases: Hind Limb
  • Certificates and assessment

    AO VET course certificates are awarded for successful completion of the course.

Course details may be subject to change. Please check your chosen course for the detailed program.

Faculty pool

The online courses are held by faculty members from all around the world,  ensuring a dynamic mix of expertise and perspectives.

Stefan Scharvogel

Stefan Scharvogel

Germany

Mark Glyde

Mark Glyde

Australia

Laura Cuddy

Laura Cuddy

Ireland

Laurent Guiot

USA

Bianca Hettlich

Germany

Sharon Kerwin

USA

Bruno Minto

Bruno Minto

Brazil

Fernanda Paes

Brazil

Karen Perry

USA

Alasdair Renwick

Australia

Chris Tan

Australia

Luca Vezzoni

Luca Vezzoni

Italy

Nele Eley

Germany

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