Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate

The General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert) in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery is an advanced level ‘next-step’ programme for veterinary professionals who may have already completed their General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU) or equivalent qualifications from other providers.

You can also attend this programme even if you do not hold a postgraduate qualification, however, the GPAdvCert award route is only available to those delegates who hold or intend to obtain the appropriate GPCert/PgC award or equivalent.

Practical and condensed learning

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Interactive and engaging lectures, demonstrations and practical application
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World class clinicians providing you with the very latest information in small animal orthopaedics
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Perform new surgical techniques and more advanced procedures under close supervision in a wet-lab environment

The programme

This 15 module programme, spread over 3x5 day blocks, has been designed for veterinary surgeons who want to progress their orthopaedic skills to the next level.
  • Each module will be presented by two orthopaedic specialists (ECVS or ACVS diplomates) allowing you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive practical instruction.
  • A step-by-step decision-making process will help you make the best choice in treating orthopaedic conditions and numerous case studies will be used to place theoretical concepts into practice.
  • The sessions will be complemented by an online learning platform providing access to notes, case discussions via a closed forum and further resources such as videos and reading references.
  • Practical hands-on experience will be gained on every module in excellent wet-lab facilities at three different European venues. The latest equipment will be provided to accelerate your learning.
  • You will also be able to observe demonstrations of more complex procedures such as CUE, PAUL and THR. The availability of radiography will allow you to critically assess your practical work.
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor will support you during your programme.
  • A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.*
  • Access to one year’s subscription of our Online Bitesize CPD platform, providing you with the latest updates in clinical subjects, worth £349 + VAT.

*only for those registered with HAU to progress to PgD.

Modules at a glance

Cremona, Italy

1 Pelvic Surgery I – Coxofemoral & Hip Dysplasia
2 Pelvic Surgery II – Total Hip Replacement
3 Stifle Surgery I – TPLO & CCWO
4 Stifle surgery II – TTA & CBLO
5 General Hindlimb Surgery – Patella Alta; Tibial and Femoral Procedures

Madrid, Spain

6 Shoulder Surgery
7 Elbow Surgery I
8 Elbow Surgery II
9 Neurosurgery I
10  Neurosurgery II

Sheffield, UK

11 Arthroscopic Procedures I
12 Arthroscopic Procedures II
13 Achilles Tendon and Tarsal Surgery
14 Limb Fractures I – Internal Fixation
15 Limb Fractures II – External Fixation

Find out about our state-of-the-art training facilities by clicking on the images below:

Sheffield, UK

Cremona, Italy

Madrid, Spain

This programme is delivered in association with Scivac

This programme is kindly sponsored by:

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Pelvic Surgery I - Coxofemoral Luxation & Hip Dysplasia

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of coxofemoral luxations
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hip dysplasia
  • How to treat a luxated hip using a toggle pin or an ileofemoral sling
  • How to perform a juvenile symphysiodesis
  • How to perform a triple pelvic osteotomy

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment. Delegates will also have the chance to practice TPOs on plastic bones.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**2 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:30) Cremona Bruno Peirone|Lisa Piras
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Pelvic Surgery II -Total Hip Replacement

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Indications of Total Hip Replacement
  • Complications of Total Hip Replacement
  • How to perform Total Hip Replacement using the Biomedtrix system (CFX, BFX and hybrid)
  • How to perform Total Hip Replacement using the PorteVet system (cemented and cementedless)

Demonstrations of total hip replacement procedures using the Biomedtrix and PorteVet system will be performed in a wet lab environment.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**3 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:30) Cremona Eva Schnabl-Feichter|Philippe Haudiquet
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Stifle Surgery I - TPLO & CCWO

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of performing a TPLO or CCWO
  • Complications of TPLOs and CCWOs
  • How to perform a TPLO
  • How to perform a CCWO

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**4 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:30) Cremona Ditte Skytte|Hugo Schmökel
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Stifle Surgery II - TTA & CBLO

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of performing a TTA or CBLO
  • Complications of TTAs and CBLOs
  • How to perform a TTA
  • How to perform a CBLO

Delegates will practise a TTA and a CBLO in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**5 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:30) Cremona Fabrice Bernard|Pierre Moissonnier
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

General Hindlimb Surgery - Patella Alta; Tibial and Femoral Procedures

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to correct a patella alta
  • How perform a tibial crest transposition in combination with a TTA / TPLO / CBLO
  • How to perform femoral osteotomies to correct femoral deformities predisposing patellar luxation
  • How to perform tibial osteotomies to correct tibial deformities predisposing patellar luxation

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**6 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:30) Cremona Alan Danielski|Miguel Solano
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Neurosurgery I

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of interverterbral disc disease
  • How to perform a hemilaminectomy/corpectomy to decompress the thoraco-lumbar spine
  • How to perform a dorsal laminectomy to decompress the lumbo-sacral spine

Delegates will practise hemilaminectomies, corpectomies and dorsal laminectomy in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*19 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Bill Oxley|Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**13 Jul 2020 (9:00-18:00) Madrid Bill Oxley|Sebastien Behr
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Neurosurgery II

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Cervical disc disease
  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy
  • How to perform a ventral slot
  • How to stabilise vertebral fractures

Delegates will perform a ventral slot and stabilise vertebral fractures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*20 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Bill Oxley|Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**14 Jul 2020 (9:00-18:00) Madrid Bill Oxley|Sebastien Behr
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Shoulder Surgery

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Indications for salvage procedures of the shoulder joint
  • How to perform an excision arthroplasty of the shoulder joint
  • How to perform an arthrodesis of the shoulder joint
  • How to apply a velpeau sling or spica splint

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**15 Jul 2020 (9:00-18:00) Madrid Alessandro Andreoni|Pilar Lafuente
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Elbow Surgery I

Module Information

At the end of the module delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of un-united anconeal process
  • Diagnosis and treatment of elbow incongruence
  • How to reattach an un-united anconeal process using a lag screw
  • How to perform proximal and distal ulna osteotomies/ostectomies including

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**16 Jul 2020 (9:00-18:00) Madrid Alessandro Andreoni|Alan Danielski
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Elbow Surgery II

Module Information

At the end of the module delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Indications of performing a canine unicompartimental elbow (CUE) procedure
  • Indications of performing a proximal abducting ulna (PAUL) procedure
  • Indications of performing a sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO) procedure
  • How to perform a CUE procedure
  • How to perform a PAUL procedure
  • How to perform an SHO procedure

Delegates will receive demonstrations of a variety of these procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**17 Jul 2020 (9:00-18:00) Madrid Alessandro Andreoni|Alan Danielski
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Achilles Tendon and Tarsal Surgery

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to diagnose and treat achilles tendon disease
  • How to stabilise a luxated tarsal joint using ligament replacement/augmentation techniques
  • How to perform a pantarsal arthrodesis
  • How to perform a partial tarsal arthrodesis

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*16 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Scott Rutherford|Stephen Clarke
Provisional (date may change)**21 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Scott Rutherford|Stephen Clarke
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Limb Fractures I - Internal Fixation

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • General principles of internal fixation
  • How to treat humeral condylar fractures (unicondylar / bicondylar)
  • How to reduce and stabilise fractures of the acetabulum
  • How to reduce and stabilise carpal fractures
  • How to reduce and stabilise tarsal fractures

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*17 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Richard Meeson|Heidi Radke
Provisional (date may change)**22 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Richard Meeson|Heidi Radke
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Limb Fractures II - External Fixation

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • General principles and of external skeletal fixation
  • How to stabilise radial fractures with a type Ib linear ESF frame
  • How to stabilise tibial fractures with a type IIb linear ESF frame
  • How to stabilise humeral and femoral fractures using a linear ESF frame / tie in configuration

Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*18 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Mark Longley|Hannes Bergmann
Provisional (date may change)**23 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Mark Longley|Hannes Bergmann
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Arthroscopic Procedures I

Module Information

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Review the instrumentation necessary for arthroscopic procedures
  • Discuss common joint pathology
  • Understand the indications for arthroscopy
  • Understand patient preparation and the creation of portals for elbow, shoulder and stifle arthroscopy

Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**24 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Pilar Lafuente|Ulrich Rytz
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Arthroscopic Procedures II

Module Information

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the limitations and possible complications of arthroscopic procedures
  • Perform an arthroscopic examination of the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
  • Perform simple arthroscopic surgery of the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints

Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**25 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) Sheffield Pilar Lafuente|Ulrich Rytz
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery Pricing

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