Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) - February 13-15, 2021


RACE approved: 23.5 hours

Course Description:

TPLO has become a favorite technique of general and specialty veterinarians to treat CrCL tears in all sizes of dogs. TPLO stabilizes the stifle by eliminating cranial tibial thrust. TPLO is an excellent technique for treating partial and complete tears of the CrCL.

This interactive course includes lectures and laboratories to teach participants the theory and method of tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). Participants will perform TPLOs on plastic bones and cadavers using state of the art equipment and implants. Participants will use locking plate technology to simplify, increase precision and reduce complications of the procedure. Participants should have a basic knowledge of the anatomy and surgical approach to the stifle and principles of bone plate application.

The Principles of Fracture Repair course is a prerequisite. Postoperative radiographs will be taken to assess the participant’s repair technique. Postoperative management will also be discussed.

Veterinary technicians may register here.

Day 1
7:30 am- Breakfast
8:05 a.m. – CrCL Disease – types of tears and diagnosis
8:45 a.m. – Meniscal tears and treatment
9:30 a.m. – TPLO – indications and rationale
10 a.m. – TPLO – planning
11 a.m. – Laboratory 1 – pre-op computer planning of TPLO
12 p.m. – Working lunch discussion
12:30 p.m. – TPLO – technique
1:30 p.m. – TPLO post-op assessment
2 p.m. – Laboratory 2 – TPLO (plastic bone) demonstration
2:30 p.m. – Laboratory 3 – TPLO (plastic bone)
3:15 p.m. – Laboratory 4 – Surgical approach demonstration
3:30 p.m. – TPLO
5 p.m. – Short-term post-op management
5:30 p.m. – Long-term post-op management
6 p.m. – Conclusion

Day 2
7:30am Breakfast
8 a.m. – Review of day 1 radiographs
8:45 a.m. – Laboratory 6 – pre-op computer planning of TPLO
9:15 a.m. – Laboratory 7 – TPLO
12 p.m. – Working lunch discusion
12:30 p.m. – TPLO and MPL in large dogs
1:15 p.m. – Laboratory 8 – TPLO with TTT plastic bone
1:45 p.m. – Laboratory 9 – TPLO with TTT
3:45 p.m. – Complications with TPLO and their treatment
5 p.m. – Discussion
5:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Day 3
7:30 am Breakfast
8 a.m. – Review of day 2 radiographs
9 a.m. – TPLO in small breed dogs and cats
11 a.m. – Clinical cases of TPLO
12 p.m. – Conclusion

dr brian beale

Brian Beale DVM,DACVS

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 Master’s 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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