Arthrodesis Master Course - June 25-27, 2021


RACE Approved: 20.5 hours

Course Description

This Masters Course is designed for the practicing veterinarian having prior experience with application of bone plates and fracture repair. Arthrodesis is a common procedure used to treat joints having severe osteoarthritis, instability or pain that cannot be resolved by primary repair. Arthrodesis of the shoulder, carpus and tarsus can be performed with a very good outcome. Patients are expected to return to a high level of function, including running and jumping. The outcome following arthrodesis of all joints is much improved now due to recent advantages in technology and surgical technique. Locking plate systems simplify the process and have much fewer complications.
The course will detail decision-making, surgical principles, surgical planning, application in simulated bone and cadaver bone, postoperative care, management of complications, and long-term outcome. Arthrodesis of the shoulder, elbow, carpus, stifle and tarsus will be discussed. Indications and techniques for complete and partial arthrodesis of the carpus and tarsus will be addressed. Arthrodesis techniques will be shown for large breed dogs, small breed dogs and cats. Participants will also learn about options to stimulate bone production at the site of arthrodesis, including techniques for autogenous bone graft harvest, bone substitutes, stem cells and growth factors. This course is appropriate for specialists, residents, interns and general practitioners with a special interest and prior training in veterinary orthopedics.

Veterinary technicians may register here.

Day 1

1:00 p.m. – Welcome and introduction
1:05 p.m. – Indications and Principles of Arthrodesis
1:30 p.m. – Implants Systems Used for Arthrodesis
1:50 p.m. – Partial and Complete Arthrodesis of the Carpus
2:30 p.m. – Laboratory 1: Pancarpal Arthrodesis (plastic bone)
3:15 p.m. – Laboratory 2: Partial Arthrodesis – Right Carpus
4:15 p.m. – Laboratory 3: Pancarpal Arthrodesis – Left Carpus
5:30 p.m. – End of day

Day 2

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – Radiographic Review Day 1
9:00 a.m. – Break
9:20 a.m. – Partial and Complete Arthrodesis of the Tarsus
10:00 a.m. – Laboratory 4: Partial Tarsal Arthrodesis (plastic bone)
10:45 a.m. – Laboratory 5: Partial Arthrodesis – Right Tarsus
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Laboratory 6: Complete Arthrodesis – Left Tarsus
2:30 p.m. – Stifle Arthrodesis
3:20 p.m. – Break
3:40 p.m. – Laboratory 7: Stifle Arthrodesis
5:00 p.m. – End of day

Day 3

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – Radiographic Review Day 2
9:00 a.m. – Break
9:15 a.m. – Arthrodesis of the Elbow
9:35 a.m. – Laboratory 8: Elbow Arthrodesis – Unilateral
11:40 a.m. – Bone Graft
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Shoulder Arthrodesis
1:20 p.m. – Laboratory 9: Bone Graft Harvest – Greater Tubercle and Shoulder Arthrodesis (plastic bone)
3:15 p.m. – Break
3:30 p.m. – Complications and Post-Operative Management of Arthrodesis
4:00 p.m. – End of course

dr brian beale

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.

Caleb Hudson


Caleb Hudson is a native of Louisiana. He attended Veterinary school at the University of Missouri. After receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007, he moved to Gainesville Florida, to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Hudson stayed at the University of Florida to complete a small animal surgery residency and a masters program. After completing his residency, Dr. Hudson spent a year as faculty at the University of Florida. In 2013, he moved to Houston, TX and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where he is currently employed as a surgeon. His special interests include: total joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. In his free time Dr. Hudson enjoys rock climbing and distance running.

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
If a course is canceled for any reason, we are not responsible for any charges related to travel.
Refunds are available for cancellations made 35 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future course.

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