Course details

One day workshop



This course is aimed at clinicians with a good level of understanding in basic orthopaedic surgery and a desire to expand what they can offer in practice.

Cruciate disease is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions seen in practice. TPLO has been shown to offer the best long-term outcome for patients of all the available techniques for cruciate disease.

Practical sessions will teach you to obtain appropriately positioned radiographs and practise preoperative radiographic planning. You’ll carry out the surgical approach and the TPLO technique in extensive guided wet lab sessions with hands-on help and invaluable practical tips from the expert and approachable tutor. Leave with the confidence and skills you need to start offering TPLO surgery through your practice

Key learning areas:

  • Describe the pathogenesis of cruciate ligament disease and understand the most common clinical signs associated with this condition
  • Perform epidural analgesia and understand the utility of femoral and sciatic nerve blocks
  • Perform meniscal surgery: probing, therapeutic release, prophylactic release and partial meniscectomy
  • Learn how to position patients for radiography
  • Understand the principles of TPLO and locking implants
  • Understand the pre-operative planning and surgical equipment required for TPLO surgery
  • Understand how to identify and manage complications of surgery
  • Facilitator


    Dr Ben Kaye

    BVSc, Dip. ECVS, European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, MANZCVS (ECC), MVetMed, Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Christchurch Vet Courses

Our Christchurch VTC provides a safe and supportive learning environment where individuals can learn, practice and ask questions in a small group environment. Our state-of-the-art facilities feature high-tech seminar rooms and specialised wet-lab areas, ensuring a hands-on experience that’s second to none.

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