About the course


The stifle joint is one of the most commonly treated joints in the dog. A successful surgery on this joint is reliant upon understanding and correct application of surgical techniques. This course is aimed at those delegates who have a basic general level of competence in surgery but who wish to develop their orthopaedic skills.

Lectures will be followed by practical wet labs where the delegates will cover a variety of surgical procedures including:

  • Lateral parapatellar approach to the stifle
  • Surgical treatment of a medially luxating patella
  • Lateral tibiofabellar suture for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament disease.


While TPLO and TTA’s are certainly in vogue there is still good evidence for use of the far simpler technique of the lateral tibiofabellar suture. Additionally cruciate defects are often accompanied by luxation of the patella.

This workshop is a great opportunity for vets in first opinion practice wishing to review their knowledge of the surgery involved or indeed take the first steps towards embarking on obtaining the skill set to perform such surgeries themselves and would be of particular interest to those working towards an RCVS CertAVP in Orthopaedic Surgery.


Eithne Comerford MVB PhD CertVR CertSAS PGCertHE DipECVS FHEA MRCVS

Felipe de Vicente DVM PhD FHEA DipECVS MRCVS

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