Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) - May 9-11, 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 strongly recommended as 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

1 p.m. – Welcome and course objectives
1:05 p.m. – CrCL Disease- Types of Tears and Diagnosis
1:30 p.m. – Meniscal Tear and Treatment
2 p.m. – Break
2:15 p.m. – TPLO- Indications and Rationale
2:40 p.m. – TPLO- Planning
3:30 p.m. – Laboratory 1: Pre-Operative Computer Planning of TPLO
4:30 p.m. – TPLO+ Post-operative Assessment- Dr. Caleb Hudson
5 p.m. – End of day

Day 2

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – TPLO: Technique
8:40 a.m. – Laboratory 2: TPLO (Plastic bone) Demonstration
9 a.m. – Laboratory 3: TPLO (Plastic bone)
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Laboratory 4: Surgical Approach Demonstration
10:45 a.m. – Laboratory 5: TPLO, Right and Left Stifles
12 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – Laboratory 5: TPLO, Right and Left Stifles (cont)
3 p.m. – Break
3:15 p.m. – Post-operative Management of TPLO
3:30 p.m. – Complications with TPLO and Their Treatment
4:45 p.m. – Discussion
5 p.m. – End of day

Day 3

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Review of Day 2 Radiographs
9 a.m. – Break
9:15 a.m. – TPLO +/- TTT in Small Breed Dogs
9:45 a.m. – Laboratory 6: TPLO with TTT (plastic bone)
10:45 a.m. – Laboratory 7: TPLO with TTT, Right and Left Stifle
12 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Laboratory 7: TPLO with TTT, Right and Left Stifle (cont)
3:15 p.m. – Break
3:30 p.m. – Discussion
4 p.m. – End of course

dr brian beale

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.

Stephen Jones

Dr. Stephen Jones


Dr. Jones grew up outside Dublin, 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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