AO VET NA Masters Course in Feline Orthopedics

Two-day course with feline orthopedic specimens, December 1-2, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Description

    The lame cat can represent a significant diagnostic challenge. The relative paucity of specific literature available addressing feline orthopedic patients, the inherent complexity in performing feline gait analysis and orthopedic examination and the discrete, distinct signs that cats exhibit associated with orthopedic disease all represent hurdles to overcome. 

    Participants will leave this course with the information and experience necessary to feel confident in the diagnosis and management of most common feline-specific orthopedic conditions.

    Opportunities will be provided for participants to tailor their course experience to the equipment readily available in their workplace, including minimally-invasive and open approaches where appropriate.

    Learning will be delivered through

    • Three pre-course online modules released every other week starting October 15th
    • Onsite lectures from nationally and internationally recognized veterinary experts in Feline medicine
    • Hands-on laboratory sessions with cadaveric specimens (5:1 participant-to-faculty ratio)
    • Case-based discussions
  • Learning objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
    Articulate the key anatomical differences between cats and dogs
    Structure an appropriate history for a feline orthopedic patient, including the use of clinical metrology instruments
    Execute feline gait assessment and grade lameness accordingly
    Adapt orthopedic examination techniques to maximize success in cats
    Interpret feline joint and long bone radiographs while identifying feline-specific radiographic findings
    Demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the causes of feline non-traumatic joint disease
    Adapt standard-of-care joint disease treatments for dogs to optimize outcomes in cats
    Display cognizance of feline-specific considerations when developing a treatment plan for the traumatically injured cat

  • Prerequisites

    AO VET Small Animal Principles course.

  • Who should attend

    Practicing veterinary surgeons, fellows, and residents.

  • Location, time, and tuition



    Date and time

    • December 1-2, 2021


    • Resident: USD $1,500.00
    • Attending: USD $1,800.00

Course Chairs

Karen Perry, BVMS, CertSAS, DECVS, MSc, MRCVS

Karen Perry, BVMS, CertSAS, DECVS, MSc, MRCVS

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM


  • Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR (Course Evaluator)
  • Loïc Déjardin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DECVS
  • Jonathan Dyce, MA, Vet. MB, MRCVS, DSAO, DACVS
  • Sorrel Langley-Hobbs, MA, BVetMed, DSAO, DECVS, FRCVS
  • Dr Richard Lawrence Meeson, MA, Vet. MB, PhD, MVetClinStud, DECVS, FHEA, FRCVS

Register now for Feline Orthopedics 2021

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