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Practical Orthopedic Surgical Techniques

Fee: $4,250 (lodging and meals included)*

32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

* Prices increase after April 1, 2018.

Inclusive Value — Get All This For One Fee:

The all-inclusive course fee includes:

  • Registration (exclusive 4-day access to a world-class course)
  • Lodging (luxurious one-bedroom suite in a five-star resort)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks and receptions)
  • Course notes (reference tools for the course and back at the practice)
  • 32 CE credit hours (earn credits in a highly relevant skill you’ve always wanted)
  • Special Exhibit Hall access (see the latest tools and get special offers)
  • A FREE transferable registration to the VMX (worth $700)
  • A FREE individual VetFolio annual subscription (worth $300)
  • A FREE annual Today’s Veterinary Business print + digital subscription*
  • A FREE annual Today’s Veterinary Nurse print + digital subscription*
  • A FREE annual Today’s Veterinary Practice print + digital subscription*
  • Opportunity to participate in a passport program in the exhibit hall and win great prizes


This 4-day course is designed to equip the practicing veterinarian with new and refined skills in practical small animal orthopedic procedures. Veterinarians will learn when and when not to perform practical orthopedic surgical procedures and how to perform them with excellence. Procedures that you will perform on canine and feline cadavers include Extracapsular Suture Stifle Stabilization, Medial Patellar Luxation, Femoral Head/Neck Ostectomy (traditional & ventral) and amputation of the pelvic & thoracic limbs. You will follow along with video demonstrations of the common procedures.

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Participants will leave confident in their ability to:

  • Diagnose CrCL Disease and identify good candidates for Extracapsular Suture Stabilization (“ExCap”).
  • Explore the canine stifle and visualize the menisci.
  • Perform ExCap using a lateral fabellar-tibial suture & provide postoperative care.
  • Identify good candidates for medial patellar luxation (MPL) corrective surgery.
  • Determine if trochleoplasty is indicated and to perform the procedure.
  • Determine if tibial crest transposition is indicated and to perform the procedure (including a few tricks not shown in any textbooks!).
  • Identify good candidates for ventral Femoral Head/Neck Ostectomy (FHNO) & perform the procedure.
  • Identify good candidates for traditional FHNO & perform the procedure.
  • Perform a lateral approach to the femur.
  • Perform forequarter and hindquarter amputation


This course is designed to train both the novice and the experienced veterinart practitioner. “Newbies” will enjoy the security of learning these practical techniques in a supportive and nurturing learning environment. “Old Guard” veterinarians are sure to learn subtle nuances that will help them refine their current techniques.

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Ross H. Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Course Leader - Ross H. PalmerRoss Palmer attended veterinary school at Kansas State University. Shortly after, he got an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, and went on to fulfil his surgical residency and Master’s Degree in Physiology at the University of Georgia. Throughout his career, he has spent time in academics at Texas A&M and Colorado State University and in private practice in the Silicon/Monterey Bay region of California, where he served as a staff surgeon and practice owner. Currently, Dr. Palmer is the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery Services at Colorado State University.

His clinical focus is traumatology, minimally invasive surgery, limb deformity correction and conditions of the knee. He also actively trains veterinary students and surgical residents, while also being an international lecturer and wet-lab instructor.


Jessica Barrera, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Trent Gall, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Clara Goh, BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA