Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for Veterinary Technicians - August 27-29, 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.

Please be advised that technicians may only attend with a veterinarian who they have a working relationship with.

Veterinarians may register here.

Day 1

1:00 pm Welcome and Course objectives
1:05 pm CrCL Disease- Types of Tears and Diagnosis
1:30 pm Meniscal Tear and Treatment
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm TPLO- Indications and Rationale
2:40 pm TPLO- Planning
3:30 pm Laboratory 1: Pre-Operative Computer Planning of TPLO
4:30 pm TPLO+ Post-operative Assessment- Dr. Caleb Hudson
5:00 pm End of Day

Day 2

7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am TPLO – Technique
8:40 am Laboratory 2: TPLO (Plastic bone) Demonstration
9:00 am Laboratory 3: TPLO (Plastic bone)
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Laboratory 4: Surgical Approach Demonstration
10:45 am Laboratory 5: TPLO, Right and Left Stifles
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Laboratory 5: TPLO, Right and Left Stifles (cont)
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Post-operative Management of TPLO
3:30 pm Complications with TPLO and Their Treatment
4:45 pm Discussion
5:00 pm End of Day

Day 3

7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Review of Day 2 Radiographs
9:00 am Break
9:15 am TPLO +/- TTT in Small Breed Dogs
9:45 am Laboratory 6: TPLO with TTT (plastic bone)
10:45 am Laboratory 7: TPLO with TTT, Right and Left Stifle
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Laboratory 7: TPLO with TTT, Right and Left Stifle (cont)
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Discussion
4:00 pm End of Course

Dr. 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.

Dr. Stephen Jones


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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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
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Refunds are available for cancellations made 60 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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