Companion Animal Orthopaedic Surgery: Fracture Management and Joint Issues
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Companion Animal Orthopaedic Surgery: Fracture Management and Joint Issues

Learn the carpenters and gardeners approach to fracture fixation and how to use biological osteosynthesis to heal complicated fractures.

2/10/2017 to 24/12/2017
When: 2 October - 12 November 2017 (Module1) and 13 November - 24 December 2017 (Module 2)
Where: Online VetScholar Course
New Zealand
Presenter: Alastair Coomer, Richard Jerram and Alex Walker
Contact: Hannah Schrader
+64 4 495 1140

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About this course

  • Are you confident about what implants to use for a complicated diaphyseal fracture?
  • Are you familiar with the options available for cranial cruciate repair?
  • What would you do when faced with a non union in a large breed dog?

This course will update you on what’s new and hot in the realm of fracture implants and external skeletal fixation repair. Understand how and when to use SOP plates, locking screws, self compressing pins and biomaterials from specialist orthopaedic surgeons.

Get to grips with the aetiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of the syndrome of “elbow dysplasia”. The advantages of open surgery versus arthroscopic surgery and the role of osteotomies and ostectomies. Increase your knowledge of stifle biomechanics and how changing the shape of the tibia stabilises the stifle. Brush up on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and important decision making in the treatment of hip dysplasia.

Who should do this course?

This online VetScholar course is for any companion animal veterinarian.


Module 1 - Fracture Management (2 October - 12 November 2017):
Topic 1:
Biological osteosynthesis
Topic 2:
External skeletal fixation and fracture repair
Topic 3:
Plate fixation fracture repair

Module 2 - Joints (13 November - 24 December 2017):
Topic 1: Cranial cruciate injury
Topic 2: Hip dysplasia
Topic 3: Elbow dysplasia



Participants can choose to do either one of the two six week modules or both. Each module comprises of three topics where there will be provided notes (per topic), an assessment quiz and a discussion forum.

We aim to provide one to two hours of course work per week so participants can expect to spend up to 12 hours per module.

VetScholar courses are not run at set times during the day so it allows the participants to complete it around their work and family commitments.

As with all VetScholar resources, the notes are provided in electronic format. Participants have access to the course material for up to one year from the start of the course and are welcome to download the material for their personal use in future.



Alastair Coomer - BVSc, Diplomate ACVS, Director and Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Richard Jerram - BVSc, Diplomate ACVS, Director and Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Alex Walker - BVSc (Dist.), MANZCVSc, Director and Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

CPD points

Activities in this course can be recorded under either continuing veterinary education or collegial learning activity.

Pricing Information

*Please note the prices for this course have been updated since the April VetLearn Update magazine went out.

NZVA member
1 module: $500
2 modules: $867

NZVA non-member
1 module: $750
2 modules: $1,300

*Prices are inclusive of 15% NZ GST.

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