September 5th - 7th,

The AOVET North America Masters Course on Advanced Osteotomy – Small Animal focuses on various osteotomy techniques based on the CORA concepts and principles that are performed in small animal surgical practice. Topics that will be discussed include corrective osteotomy of angular limb deformity of the radius and ulna and femoral and tibial osteotomy for patellar luxation correction. This is a very interactive course that focuses on planning and execution of the correction of deformities that can be applied to any bone. The latest information about techniques for performing these procedures, and expected outcomes, will also be presented. Preoperative planning and other aspects of the decision-making process will be emphasized. Participants will have an opportunity to perform most of these procedures during the hands-on laboratory sessions. Participant interaction with the faculty is a key component of this program. Ample opportunity is provided in both the practical labs and the lectures to have your questions answered by some of the leading veterinary orthopedists in the world. After the course, participants should be able to apply the principles and techniques they have learned to challenging orthopedic cases in their veterinary practice and have improved patient outcomes.

* The Principles Course is a prerequisite for the Masters course since familiarity with instrumentation and techniques will be expected.

Target Audience

Enrollment is open to veterinary residents and practicing veterinarians.

Small Animal Masters Course - Learners Objectives

At the conclusion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Plan various corrective osteotomies using the CORA principles
  • Integrate the art and science of osteotomies into veterinary medicine, particularly as it pertains to small animals
  • Apply osteotomy techniques into small animal surgical practice
  • Discuss the importance of preoperative planning and other aspects of the clinical decision-making process as related to osteotomies in small animal surgery

Expected Outcomes:

The expectation for participants who attend this course is that they:

  • Apply the AO Principles to fracture fixation and angular limb deformities in small animals
  • Select appropriate surgical techniques to help solve problems such as angular limb deformity, patellar luxation and cranial cruciate ligament disease and improve outcomes
  • Plan preoperatively to avoid complications and improve patient outcomes in patients with challenging orthopaedic deformities.

Questions & Registration

Mary Alice Coyle
AOVET North America


Veterinary Attending $1,300.00
Veterinary Resident $1,050.00


Town & Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 291-7131


Kimberly A. Agnello, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Kenneth A. Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
(Course Evaluator)
Derek Fox DVM, PhD, ACVS
Gayle H. Jaeger, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS
Michael P. Kowaleski, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS
James L. Tomlinson, DVM, MVSc, DACVS