Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery - September 17-18, 2015

This is a totally revamped arthroscopic surgery course with a renewed practical format, including four laboratories to give optimal practical information on how to do advanced arthroscopy and with particular emphasis on approaches for internal fixation of fractures in the carpus and fetlock, new arthroscopic techniques in the femoropatellar and femorotibial joints, advanced arthroscopic surgery of the hock and important tenoscopic surgical techniques as well as bursoscopy. There will be lots of hands-on instruction with plenty of top level instructors to help as the key issues. The course is headed by the authors of the third edition, and upcoming fourth edition, of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse by Drs. McIlwraith, Nixon and Wright, and assisted by Drs. Frisbie, Kawcak and Goodrich of Colorado State University.


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September 17-18, 2015

        18 people; first-come first-serve basis


The authors of the 4th Edition of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse invite you to an intensive two day course in advanced arthroscopic techniques. Participants will need a reasonable degree of arthroscopic competence in order to benefit from the instruction. The course will be intensive and comprehensive covering all common joints, tendon sheaths and bursae. It will introduce also the novel technique of standing diagnostic arthroscopy and include a review of tissue healing, adjunctive therapies and rehabilitation as these relate to arthroscopic cases. All lectures will be supported by “hands-on” wet lab experience using Arthrex specialist teaching equipment. 

CE Credits:


This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 16 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Instructors and Equine Surgeons:

Wayne McIlwraithBVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, Dr. med vet (hc), Dvetmed (hc), Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, University Distinguished Professor of Surgery, and Director of Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University. Dr. McIlwraith is the pioneer of equine arthroscopy, is the senior author of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse, and is a major contributor to clinical and research orthopaedics.

Alan Nixon BVSc, MS, Dip ACVS, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Director of the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory and the JD&ML Wheat Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University. Dr. Nixon specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery with a special emphasis on regenerative medicine. He is a co-author of the 3rd & 4th Edition of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse.

Ian Wright, MA, VetMB, DEO, Dip ECVS, MRCVS, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Suffolk, UK, has extensive clinical experience in arthroscopic surgery, has published numerous minimally invasive techniques and is a co-author of the 3rd & 4th Edition of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse.

David FrisbieDVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, Associate Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University. Dr. Frisbie has published extensively including several novel techniques in equine orthopaedics.

Chris KawcakDVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, Professor of Orthopedics. Dr. Kawcak is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent and treat catastrophic injuries in equine athletes.

Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Associate Professor of Orthopedics in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Goodrich has utilized mesenchymal stem cells and platelet rich plasma to improve cartilage repair. 

Registration Fees:

Standard: $1250.00 - if received one month prior to course

Late: $1350 - if received less than one month prior to course

Note: If you are attempting to register 1 month or less prior to this course please call (970) 297-1273 to confirm availability.

Enrollment is limited. Register Early!

For more information, view the course brochure and registration form.

Residents: Residents can take the Advanced course at a reduced rate of $950.00. 

NOTE: You must fax your registration along with proof of residency to (970) 297-1275.

Course Schedule:

Thursday, September 17:

8-8:15 a.m.: Welcome, introduction, and course aims - Dr. McIlwraith

8:15-8:55 a.m.: Advanced Carpus - Dr. McIlwraith 

8:55-9:35 a.m.: Carpal Sheath - Drs. Wright and Nixon

9:35-10 a.m.: Shoulder and Elbow - Dr. Nixon

10-10:15 a.m.: Coffee

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Proximal Forelimb Wet Lab - All Faculty 

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15-2 p.m.: Advanced fetlock including internal fixation of condylar fractures proximal phalanx and sesamoid fractures - Dr. Wright

2-2:45 p.m.: Interphalangeal Joints - Dr. Nixon

2:45-3:15 p.m.: Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath - Dr. Wright

3:15-3:30 p.m.: Coffee

3:30-5:30 p.m.: Distal Limb Wet Lab - All Faculty

Friday, September 18:

8-8:30 a.m.: Advanced Hock - Dr. McIlwraith

8:30-9:10 a.m.: Femoropatellar Joint - Dr. Frisbie 

9:10-10 a.m.: Femorotibial Joints - Dr. McIlwraith

10-10:15 a.m.: Coffee

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Proximal Hindlimb Wet Lab - All Faculty 

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15-1:45 p.m.: Navicular Bursoscopy - Dr. Wright

1:45-2 p.m.: The Use of Radio Frequency in Arthroscopy - Dr. Goodrich

2-3:30 p.m.: Delegates Choice Wet Lab - All Faculty

3:30-3:45 p.m.: Coffee

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Aftercare, including medication, regenerative therapies, and rehabilitation - All Faculty

4:30-4:45 p.m.: Discussion and Close Course

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Registration and Cancellation Information:

Pre-registration is required for all veterinary continuing education conferences. Courses are subject to cancellation when registration is inadequate to cover costs of the program. Registration at least six weeks before the course will help prevent cancellation. Course fee is payable to Colorado State University. Fee includes proceedings, materials, supplies, refreshments and in some cases, lunch. Please see course schedules for more information.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Registration fees are fully refundable until 60 days prior to the course, 50% refundable between 60 and 30 days prior to the course and non-refundable after 30 days prior to the course. Fees will be refunded 100% at any date if vacated spot can be filled.


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