Solutions to Difficult Equine Problems

Join expert AO VET NA Faculty for interactive case discussions on equine fracture repair, February 15 to March 8

This AO VET NA Masters Online course will address a persistent practice gap regarding complex equine orthopedic repair: the small numbers of available clinical cases. Due to financial restrictions and the need for high-level athletic outcome after intervention, fracture repair in the horse is not always attempted.  As a result, clinical cases and knowledge of best practices are lacking for certain injuries.

Within four 90-minute weekly sessions, leading equine fracture repair surgeons will share experiences with participants and help improve our collective knowledge of these injuries. Online course modules will be provided to prepare for each week’s session. These modules along with the interactive case discussions will be accessed through Totara, our one-stop-shopping online portal.

Who should attend: experienced surgeons, as a basic understanding of equine orthopedic injuries and equine fracture repair is assumed. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
Discuss unique aspects of difficult equine orthopedic problems
Identify specific key aspects of difficult equine orthopedic problems that affect outcomes most significantly
Utilize clinical cases from participants and faculty and develop best treatment plans for these cases

Topic Date Time
Selection of Orthopedic Implants and Technical Failures Due to Poor Selection or Application 2-15-21 7:30-9:00 PM EST
Complex Fractures of the Olecranon 2-22-21 7:30-9:00 PM EST
Humeral and Scapular Injuries 3-1-21 7:30-9:00 PM EST
Arthrodesis Injuries 3-8-21 7:30-9:00 PM EST

Course chairs

Alan Ruggles, DVM, DACVS

Alan Ruggles, DVM, DACVS

Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS

Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS


  • Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Jose Garcia-Lopez, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR
  • Janik Gasiorowski, VMD, DACVS
  • Dean Richardson, DVM, DACVS
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