Principles of Fracture Repair for Veterinary Technicians – August 25-27, 2021


RACE Approved: 17.0 hours

Course Description
Do you have difficulty approaching or reducing long bone fractures? Are you interested in learning simple techniques designed for the general practitioner to repair the most commonly fractures seen in dogs and cats? This laboratory is the one for you! We will teach reliable techniques and give valuable practical tips useful in repairing simple and more challenging comminuted fractures of long bones.

New implant designs have made fracture repair much more simple and affordable. Additionally, postoperative management of patients has also been simplified and complications are rare if the principles of fracture repair are followed.

This course familiarizes participants with fracture repair techniques through lecture and clinical case presentations. Following lecture and case review, participants will repair fractures on plastic bone models and cadavers. Postoperative radiographs will be taken to evaluate the participants’ repair technique.

Veterinarians may register here.

Day 1
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Welcome and course objectives
8:05 a.m. – Principles of bone healing
8:30 a.m. – Direct and indirect fracture reduction
9:15 a.m. – Break
9:30 a.m. – Pins, wires, and external fixators
10 a.m. – Bone plates and screws
11 a.m. – Laboratory 1 – Direct reduction shaft fracture:cerclage wire, lag screws
12 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Radial fractures and surgical approach
2:15 p.m. – Laboratory 2 – Direct reduction distal radius fracture: T-plate
4:30 p.m. – Tibial shaft fractures and surgical approach
5 p.m. – Femoral shaft fractures and surgical approach
5:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Day 2
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Radiographic review – distal radius fracture
9 a.m. – Laboratory 3 – Indirect reduction comminuted tibial fracture: plate-rod
12 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Laboratory 4 – Indirect reduction comminuted femur fracture: plate-rod
3:30 p.m. – Bone grafts
4 p.m. – Laboratory 5 – Indirect reduction comminuted radial fracture: plate-rod
5:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Day 3
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Radiographic review – tibia, femur, radius fractures
9 a.m. – Physeal fracture and pin and tension band
9:30 a.m. – Laboratory 6 – Proximal tibial tuberosity and physical fracture: cross pins, pin and tension band
11 a.m. – Complications
11:30 a.m. – Peri-operative patient management
12 p.m. – Conclusion

Dr. Brian Beale DVM, DACVS
dr brian beale
Brian Beale attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He also completed a 3-year residency in small animal surgery and joined the faculty there as an assistant professor from 1990–1992. Brian became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992. Brian has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive surgery, fracture repair, joint replacement, treatment of arthritis, and pain management. Brian has many publications, including textbooks, textbook chapters and scientific articles. Brian is a passionate teacher and frequently lectures and teaches wet-labs around the world. He is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Foundation and active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has been a board member for American Humane since 2017. Brian was awarded the Specialty Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association in 2010. Brian became an ACVS Founding Fellow of Minimally-Invasive Orthopedic Surgery in 2018. Brian currently is the Head of Education, Training and Research for Compassion First Pet Hospitals and board member and surgeon for Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Stephen Jones MVB, MS, Dipl. ACVS-SA

Dr. Jones grew up outside Dublin in Ireland. He attended Veterinary school at University College Dublin. After receiving his Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009, he moved to Hollywood, Florida to complete both rotating and specialty surgery internships, at the Hollywood Animal Hospital. From there, Dr. Jones moved to Gainesville Florida where he completed a combined residency in small animal surgery and master’s program at the University of Florida. After completion of his residency in 2015, Dr. Jones moved to Columbus, Ohio where he joined the joined the faculty rank as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jones is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has written and published numerous scientific papers and abstracts and lectures all over the world. His special interests include minimally invasive fracture repair, medical and surgical treatment of joint disease, arthroscopy, and surgical management of angular limb deformities.

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