Hip dysplasia - improving patient outcomes
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Hip dysplasia - improving patient outcomes

Join specialists Andrew Worth and Alex Walker for a 1-day seminar which focuses on improving outcomes for patients with hip dysplasia, including pathogenesis, diagnosis and management. This course is being held in the same venue, the day after MUVTH Patrons' Day. Attend both workshops and take advantage of two low-priced CPD courses over two days!

When: 8 December 2018
8:30 AM
Where: School of Veterinary Sciences
Vet Tower
Massey University
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui  4110
New Zealand
Contact: Shannon Leader
+64 4 495 1145

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About this course  

Hip dysplasia remains common in pet dogs and is an emerging disease in some cat breeds. We deal with this condition every day, but are we up to date? What is the latest on the link between laxity and HD? Is genetic testing on the near horizon and what on earth is an EBV? What surgical options exist for a puppy at 4-5 months, 5-9 months? Is a total hip replacement a good option for your clients? Answers to these questions and more...

Have you ever had a femoral head and neck excision surgery not turn out the way you expected? Come along and get some tips on improving technique.

Have you ever thought about introducing juvenile pubic symphysiodesis into your practice? Come along and see what would be involved.

A full day dedicated to hip dysplasia and to improving the outcomes in your patients, whether by improving your understanding of PennHIP, choosing the right surgical option or using conservative strategies based on best evidence, this seminar is for every general practitioner with a small animal caseload.

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One-day seminar-based workshop for companion animal veterinarians.

Topics include:

  • Update on genetics and the importance of hip laxity
  • How laxity is detected and the use of PennHIP
  • Juvenile pubic symphysiodesis as a surgical option for juveniles
  • TPO/DPO as a surgical option for juveniles
  • Multimodal osteoarthritits management
  • Total hip replacement as a surgical option for adult animals
  • Femoral head and neck excision for adult animals

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Learning outcomes

You will:

  • increase your understanding in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of hip dysplasia
  • improve your knowledge of the PennHIP method and its use in breeding selection,
  • increase your confidence in recommending appropriate treatment at different life stages,
  • learn new techniques for performing a juvenile pubic symphysiodesis,
  • improve your skills in performing a femoral head and neck ostectomy.

With new or improved techniques your practice can generate income (JPS or FHNE) while giving your patients better access to state of the art treatment options, better case management and an improved quality of life.


Andrew Worth BVSc, MANZCVS (Radiology), PGDipVCS, FANZCVS (SA Surgery), PhD, NZ Registered Specialist in SA Surgery
Andrew graduated from Massey University in 1990 and has worked in both Australia, the UK and NZ as a small animal veterinarian. After completing a residency in small animal surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he became a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2006. In 2015 he completed his PhD on hip dysplasia and lumbosacral disease in Police Dogs. He is currently an Associate Professor and Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. His current research interests include working dog orthopaedic disease, lumbosacral degeneration and biomaterials for surgery.

Alex Walker BVsc (Dist), MANZCVS, NZ Registered Specialist in SA Surgery

Wendy Baltzer DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

Michael Wyatt MBChB, MRCSEd, FRCSEd, FRACS (Tr and Orth)

CPD Points

This course is worth 6 CVE points. NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.


NZVA member
Non-member $425

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive.

The first 20 registrants will receive a hip model.

Patrons' Day

Over the last decade Patrons' Day has grown from a small gathering into a full day of CPD and is a great networking opportunity. 

This year there will be “Practice tips” and “What’s the evidence for” style talks as well as presentations on some new developments. The research component in more subdued this year to focus on general practice. Expect contributions from all our primary and referral services (surgery, medicine, oncology, nutrition, dentistry, ECC, anaesthesia, clinical pathology). We also plan to display posters highlighting some of the interesting and involved cases we have dealt with this year. As the companion animal hospital is a dynamic place there may be new faces to meet and make acquaintance.

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Patrons' Day has become a regular event on the CPD calendar for veterinarians from all over the country and is not limited to our patrons. There is a charge for attendees who do not use the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a referral provider.

MUVTH Patron
Non-Patron $300

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive.

Registration details

Register for Patrons' Day directly through the School of Veterinary Sciences. Download the registration form and email it to G.A.McKenna@massey.ac.nz