Surgical Management of Injuries in Canine Sports Medicine

Develop skills in diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation to maximize success for canine athletes with wet labs

September 22-24, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Description

    Canine sporting and dog activities have become increasingly popular over the past several decades. In turn, the demand for veterinarians skilled in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation has increased–especially in the field of surgical management and recovery.

    This masters-level course has been specifically designed for veterinary residents and veterinary surgeons to fine-tune their skills in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of sporting injuries to maximize success and allow for a return to athletic function in the canine patient. This newly formatted course includes online pre-course lectures and case-based discussions, allowing the live event to focus on labs and small group discussions.

    Labs will utilize live dogs, animal anatomic specimens, and bone models to maximize learning of examination tips, musculoskeletal ultrasound, treatment of tendon and ligament injuries, fractures, and orthotics. Participants are encouraged to submit relevant cases for discussion.

    Learning will be delivered through

    • Hands-on laboratory sessions (wet and dry) with a 4:1 participant-to-faculty ratio
    • Pre-course Zoom™ sessions with veterinary experts
    • Clinical exams with live dogs
    • Case-based discussions with expert panel
    • Lectures
    • Small group discussions
  • Learning objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
    Describe complete evaluation of the canine athlete regarding examination, gait analysis and diagnostic imaging
    Describe muscle, tendon, ligament healing and surgical methods for repair or replacement
    Recognize and apply AO Principles to fracture management in the canine athlete
    Identify and select appropriate techniques to problems such as nonunion, infections and technical errors that are critical for successful patient outcomes
    Discuss the importance of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative planning and other aspects of the clinical decision-making process in small animal surgery and sports medicine traumatology

  • Prerequisites

    AO VET Small Animal Basic Principles course, as some familiarity with tools and techniques is required.

  • Who should attend

    Veterinary residents and practicing veterinarians, especially those interested in diagnosing and treating sports related injuries in the canine patient.

  • Location, time, and tuition


    Date and time

    • September 22-24, 2021


    • USD $1,300.00 for attending surgeons
    • USD $1,050.00 for residents

Course Chairs

Mary Sarah Bergh, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Mary Sarah Bergh, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Iowa State University

Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Founder, Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education (COVE)


  • David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS
  • Nina R. Kieves, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
  • Steven Martinez, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
  • Dirsko J.F. von Pfeil, Dr. med. vet., DVM, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
  • Simon Roe, BVSc, PhD, DACVS (Evaluator)

International AO VET Faculty

    • Alessandro Piras, DVM, ISVS
    • Rico Vannini, DVM, Dipl ECVS

    Guest Speakers

    • Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS
    • Cynthia M. Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR
    • Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR
    • Steven W. Petersen, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR

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