AO VET Course—Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management

The aim of this course is to enable application of advanced concepts and techniques for the management of complex fractures in small animals. Assessment and treatment of complex diaphyseal, juxta-articular, articular, and pelvic fractures will be covered in detail.

This course is suitable veterinary surgeons who have previously attended an AO VET Principles course, including:

  • Veterinary surgery residents towards the end of their training program
  • Practicing veterinarians with experience in orthopaedics and traumatology

Top national, regional, and international faculty

2-3 days in duration

For experienced surgeons (familiarity with current locking plate technology)

Network with colleagues from all over the world

CME credits

Course content

  • Course modules
    • Module 1—Complex shaft fractures
    • Module 2—Articular and juxta-articular fractures
    • Module 3—Joint instability and arthrodesis
    • Module 4—Pelvic fractures
    • Module 5—Complications
  • Featured Lectures
    • Biological and mechanical considerations for long bone fractures
    • Locking plate systems
    • Interlocking nails
    • Combining implant systems - plate/rod, double plating
    • Introduction to minimally invasive osteosynthesis
    • Augmenting natural bone healing - bone grafts and alternatives
    • Mini-implants
    • Fractures of the distal radius and ulna in toy breeds
    • Humeral condylar fissures (IOHC)
    • Complex fractures of the distal humerus
    • Fractures of the proximal ulna
    • Complex fractures of the femoral head and neck
    • Juxta-articular fractures of the distal femur and proximal tibia
    • Distal tibial fractures
    • Diagnostic approach to carpal instability
    • Pancarpal arthrodesis: step-by-step technique
    • Intertarsal instability
    • Talocrural arthrodesis
    • Sacroiliac fracture-luxation: evidence-based approach
    • Fractures of the ilium
    • Acetabular fractures
    • Managing orthopaedic infections
    • Treatment strategies for nonunion
  • Practical Exercises
    • Introduction to the instrumentation
    • Plate and rod in a complex humeral shaft (cranial plate)
    • Plating of comminuted radius and ulnar fracture (individual plating of each bone)
    • Double plate and lag screw for Y fracture of the distal humerus
    • T-plate for distal radius and ulnar fracture
    • Lag screw and locking plate for feline tibial fracture
    • Pin / plating of feline neck and proximal femur fracture
    • Pancarpal arthrodesis
    • Lag screw for SI luxation
    • Ilial fracture plate
    • Plating an acetabular fracture
  • Small Group discussions
    • Complex shaft fractures - case assessment and management
    • Toy breed fractures
    • Pelvic fractures
  • Plenary Case Discussions
    • Clinical approach to fracture patients
    • Decision making and planning for complex shaft fractures
    • Decision making and planning for complex humeral fractures
    • Decision making and planning for hindlimb articular and juxta articular fractures
    • Managing complications

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

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