AO VET Masters Course - Advanced Stabilization Techniques for the Management of Small Animal Spinal Disorders

Teilnehmerkreis: Tierärzt:innen

Zeitraum: 12.09.2022 12:45 - 14.09.2022 - 17:00



Bianca Hettlich Tierklinik Stuttgart-Plieningen Stuttgart, Germany 
Sharon Kerwin College Of Veterinary Medicine, Dept of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA

Regional faculty

Sebastian Knell Clinic for Small Animal Surgery, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland  
Björn Meij Professor of Small Animal Surgery, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

National faculty

Julien Guevar Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, Vetsuisse-Faculty, Small Animal Clinic, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland  
Maria Christina Precht, Radiologist, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland


Target participants
This AO VET Masters course will cover stabilization techniques of the spine. The course is targeted at ECVS/ACVS and ECVN/ACVIM Neurology Diplomates or Small Animal Surgeons and Neurologists with an equivalent degree from other countries and residents who have completed a small animal AO Veterinary Basic course.  

Participants are expected to be able to perform routine surgical approaches (ventral approach to the cervical spine, dorsal approach to the thoracolumbar and lumbosacral spine), as well as have experience in decompressive procedures.  

A basic understanding of AO principles, application techniques for screws, plates, and pins, as well as handling of power drill equipment is required.


Language: English

Teilnahmegebühr: 2200 €

AO VET Members: 1980,00 €
Non Members:  2200,00 €

Tagungsort: Johnson & Johnson Institute, Hummelsbütteler Steindamm 71, 22851, Norderstedt, Germany,

Programm 12.09.2022 12:45 - 14.09.2022 - 17:00

 The AO VET Masters Course—Advanced Stabilization Techniques in the Management of Small Animal Spinal Disorders is designed to help participants apply the AO principles of anatomic reduction, stable fixation, atraumatic surgical technique, and early, pain-free mobilization to small animals’ spinal surgery.  

The course will be taught by faculty experienced in spine surgery, with additional emphasis on imaging taught by a radiology faculty. The modular format will focus on the spine patient in a conceptual case study and practical laboratory exercises on canine cadavers and bone models. Participants will complete each module and laboratory over 2.5 days. Topics to be covered include canine cervical and lumbosacral degenerative disease, atlantoaxial disease, cervical, thoracic, lumbar trauma, and stabilization of all spinal levels.  

The faculty will encourage all participants to enter the small group discussions. Each treatment presented (surgical or medical) will cite the literature in the best evidence-based fashion possible.

Learning objectives

After this course, the participants will be able to 

  • Comprehend the principles of injury mechanisms and fracture classifications for the canine spine
  • Identify the anatomic and biomechanical issues in canine spinal fixation
  • Describe treatment options for both surgical and non-surgical management of small animal spinal disorders
  • Apply skills developed in the practical exercises into surgical practice 
  • Apply the AO Principles to spinal surgery  

Participant Relations & General Requests
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Teilnehmerbegrenzung: 18 Personen