Operative Treatment of Veterinary Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction

Three-day course with animal anatomical specimens August 31-September 2, Las Vegas, NV
  • Description

    This course addresses relevant techniques and innovative concepts of maxillofacial trauma and fracture repair as applied to small animal patients. Reconstruction techniques in instances of severe trauma (highly comminuted fractures and gaps) and oncologic reconstruction also will be addressed.

    The indications and methods of each of these differing approaches are complimentary—selection and successful execution are intertwined. The basis of technique selection plays an important role in minimizing complications and future morbidity, emphasizing the long-term implications to the dental structures and bone associated with injury and/or fixation.

    Participants will receive enhanced background training on dental structures, their physiology, and their role in aiding or impeding fracture fixation, joining expert faculty in exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various maxillofacial repair techniques and their effects on fracture healing.

    The goal of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge to critically evaluate different fixation techniques and the confidence and experience to apply these various methods of fixation.

    Learning will be delivered through

    • Lectures
    • Small group discussions
    • Hands-on laboratory sessions with bone models and cadavers (5:1 participant-to-faculty-ratio)
  • Learning objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
    Integrate advances in the art and science of fracture repair into veterinary practice, particularly as it pertains to craniomaxillofacial trauma and reconstruction in small animals
    Discuss complications associated with maxillofacial trauma and repair, and the implications for small animals, particularly canines
    Explain indications for internal fixation and the selection of criteria for implant hardware
    Apply new techniques and innovative concepts in maxillofacial fracture fixation to complicated cases in small animal surgical practice
    Discuss the mechanisms of maxillofacial growth and development and the possible consequences of various fixation techniques
    Explain the benefits and limitations of conservative fracture management using techniques relying on bonding teeth and restoring occlusion
    Identify potential applications for regenerative surgery and describe challenges associated with treatment of critical size defects

  • Prerequisites

    AO VET Small Animal Basic Principles course is highly recommended, AO VET Small Animal Advanced Techniques in Fracture Management course is beneficial.

  • Who should attend

    ACVS or AVDC diplomates, residency program participants, and general practitioners with an advanced interest and expertise in maxillofacial trauma and fracture repair.

  • Location, time, and tuition


    Date and time

    • 31 August 2021, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM PT
    • 1 September 2021, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM PT
    • 2 September 2021, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM PT


    • USD $2,000.00

Course Chairs

Christopher Snyder, DVM, DAVDC

Christopher Snyder, DVM, DAVDC

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Randy Boudrieau, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Randy Boudrieau, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Tufts University

Nadine Fiani, BVSc (Hons), DAVDC

Nadine Fiani, BVSc (Hons), DAVDC

Cornell University


  • Jose Garcia-Lopez, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR (Evaluator)
  • Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC
  • William Karlin, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Stephen MacLeod, BDS, MBChB, FDSRCS, FRCS, FACS, FFST
  • Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC
  • Alexander Reiter, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC

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