VOS 2019 Conference Labs
VOS is pleased to offer four hands-on labs for our 2019 attendees.
Below are details for each lab, including links for more information and registration. Labs will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center in Breckenridge, Colorado. VOS would like to thank Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Biovision Veterinary Endoscopy, Owl Manor Veterinary, Arthrex Vet Systems, and Intrauma for offering these wonderful opportunities for our members. Space is limited. Register today!
Monday, February 11, 2019
Practical Applications of the Cannulated Compression Screw
Presented by Veterinary Orthopedic Implants
Course Description: The headless compression screw (HCS/CCS) system is useful for situations when a lag screw or pin and tension band might be used. The system allows k-wires to be placed initially to facilitate reduction and simplify lag screw placement. The cannulated HCS/CCS is placed over the k-wire after drilling with a cannulated drill bit. There is no need to drill a gliding and a thread hole. The HCS/CCS can be placed much more quickly than pin and tension bands and is less likely to cause irritation. The HCS/CCS is also very useful in minimally-invasive surgical applications. The HCS/CCS system and plastic bone models will be used to repair a lateral humeral condyle fracture, femoral neck fracture, TTT with TPLO.
VOI provides all equipment and materials for this course.
RACE approved credit hours. Certificate of Completion.
Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS
Brian Beale attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He also
completed a 3-year residency in small animal surgery and joined the faculty there as
an assistant professor from 1990–1992. Brian became board-certified by the American
College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in
1992. He has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive surgery, fracture repair,
joint replacement, treatment of arthritis, and pain management.
Brian has many publications, including textbooks, textbook chapters and
scientific articles. Brian is a passionate teacher and frequently lectures and teaches
wet-labs around the world. He is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society,
past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Foundation and active in the American
College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has been a board member for American Humane
since 2017. Brian was awarded the Specialty Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Texas
Veterinary Medical Association in 2010. Brian became an ACVS Founding Fellow of Minimally-
Invasive Orthopedic Surgery in 2018.
Brian currently is the Head of Education, Training and Research for Compassion First
Pet Hospitals and board member and surgeon for Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in
When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Beale enjoys spending time with his family,
tennis, golf and all outdoor sports. He loves to travel and meet new people around the
Caleb Hudson, MS, DVM, DACVS
Caleb Hudson is a native of Louisiana. He attended Veterinary school at the
University of Missouri. After receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
in 2007, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, to complete a rotating internship in small
animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida.
Dr. Hudson stayed at the University of Florida to complete a small animal surgery
residency and a masters program. After completing his residency, Dr. Hudson spent
a year as faculty at the University of Florida. In 2013, he moved to Houston, Texas,
and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where he is currently employed as a
surgeon. His special interests include total joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Needlescope Application with Point of Care Biologics
Course Description: Lead the way and learn the latest arthroscopic diagnostic surgical technique, "NeedleOscopy" and biologic intra-articular administration under visualization. The purpose of this wet lab is to familiarize veterinarians with the ease maneuvering a 1.2mm (18-gauge) needle arthroscope in a joint, processing autologous point-of-care devices, and applying autologous protein solution under visualization. The lab will focus on performing joint lameness diagnostics, blood processing through a newly available point-of-care device, and arthroscopic guided administration under visualization on canine cadavers.
Many advances in canine musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging have been made in the past years with the use of MRI and improved ultrasound machines. Unfortunately, many times radiographic images don't show the problem because they show very little soft tissue, which is a common cause of stifle soreness. The NeedleView scope modality has helped practitioners to improve the ability to obtain a definitive diagnosis so that they could determine the appropriate treatment plan. A complete joint exploratory and / or administration of an autologous protein solution can be performed in a few minutes without general anesthesia on a canine while the canine patient is sedated and the joint locally blocked. This procedure obviates the need for general anesthesia surgical procedure, but in some cases, routine arthroscopy is required. The procedure allows the surgeon to document intraarticular findings to determine the best course of treatment. Pro-Stride APS is a proprietary dual-device system whose output produces a concentrated solution of cells, platelets, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory proteins. The output of the device is all-natural (from the patient's own blood), has clinically demonstrated effectiveness, and is convenient (no incubation, <20-minute processing, ambulatory).
Chad Devitt, DVM, MS, DACVS
After graduation, Dr. Devitt was an intern at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Chad graduated from his internship in 1993 and received the President’s award for Intern of the Year. From New York City, he traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado, beginning a three-year small animal surgical residency at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During his residency at CSU, he developed many of his professional interests including reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery and surgical oncology. He also completed a Masters Degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (Surgery). Following, his surgical residency, Dr. Devitt became a Surgical Oncology Fellow at the Animal Tumor Center at Colorado State University in 1996. During his fellowship, he received additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in small animal patients. Performing surgeries such as limb salvage in dogs with osteosarcoma, radical maxillofacial surgery, and brain tumor resections.
In February of 1997 Dr. Devitt passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons board exam and became a board certified Surgeon. He moved to St. Petersburg, Florida following his fellowship to join the Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist in 1997. During a summer trip back to Colorado in 1999, he visited VRCC’s new facility and soon after, he joined the VRCC Surgery team. When away from the hospital, Dr. Devitt enjoys mountain biking, windsurfing, fly-fishing, and back-country skiing.
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw is an accomplished and highly skilled double board-certified veterinary surgeon who has done extensive research in soft tissue surgery and rehabilitation. She has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, received several awards and has spoken at national and international conferences. Dr. Shaw received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003, before completing a one-year small animal internship in Colorado. She returned to the University of Florida for a four-year small animal surgical residency and to pursue her master’s degree, conducting research on ischemic kidney injury and kidney transplants. In 2008, Dr. Shaw became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She spent an additional two years at the University of Florida as a faculty member in the Soft Tissue Surgery department while conducting her PhD research on methods of decreasing post-surgical complications of gastrointestinal surgery. In 2010, Dr. Shaw moved to Seattle and began working in private practice. She became board certified in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. When she’s not performing surgery, you can find Dr. Shaw running, snowboarding, traveling, relaxing in downward dog, or simply spending time with her husband, Aaron, their Frenchie, Beans and their new Labrador puppy, Arrow.,
Sam Franklin, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Franklin is originally from Arlington, Virginia and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science from the University of Maryland in ecology before moving to Colorado to pursue veterinary studies. He earned his DVM cum laude from Colorado State University in 2007 followed by an internship at the University of Pennsylvania. He then moved to the University of Missouri to complete a small animal surgical residency and a PhD investigating the use of stem cells and bioabsorbable materials for replacing arthritic canine hips. Following the residency and PhD he spent one year in private practice in upstate New York before becoming an assistant professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia he pursued his interests in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, regenerative medicine, use of orthobiologics such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cells, and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, seven book chapters, and provided over 60 presentations at national and international veterinary meetings. He is a board-certified diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and he is an ACVS Founding Fellow in the field of Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Franklin is very excited to move back to Colorado with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys spending time with his family and is a sports enthusiast. His most common pastime is running outdoors with his dogs although he also likes cycling, snowboarding, swimming, and tennis. He also used to play soccer avidly including in college and professionally and is eager to teach his daughters to play both soccer and tennis, although they seem to prefer ballet and tap dancing instead!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Canine Unicompartmental Elbow (CUE) for Elbow Dysplasia
Presented by Arthrex Vet Systems
Course Description: A focused laboratory for treating medial compartment disease in the canine elbow. This laboratory will include a combination of short, cutting-edge lectures focusing on product design, diagnosis of the disease, and treatment options, in addition to a dry lab and wet lab for each participant to get hands-on experience.
Lectures will cover in detail the current and prior treatments for medial compartment disease, as well as product design and equipment, clinical studies, and surgical approach and debridement of the structures of the canine elbow.
Each participant will practice on a sawbones model to familiarize themselves with the equipment and proper placement of the implant before focusing on a cadaver specimen. Experienced and proficient instructors will guide each participant through the training session to ensure the participant has grasped the technique.
Ian Holsworth, BVSc, Dip ACVS
Jonathan Suber, DVM, Dip ACVS
Ned Williams, DVM, Dip ACVS
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Fracture Repair in Toy Breed Using FIXIN Micro and Mini System
Presented by Intrauma
Course Description: Participants attending this dry lab will get a comprehensive introduction to the FIXIN Micro system and its application in common toy breeds Fractures and more. Lectures include Fractures in cats, treatment of distal radius and ulna fractures in toy breed dogs and interactive case discussion.
Hands on labs include comminuted tibia fracture repair and distal radius fracture repair on toy breed dry bones.
Kenneth A. Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Bruecker graduated from the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. After one year of general small animal practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Bruecker completed an additional year of clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. He received his master of science degree at the completion of a three year surgical residency at Colorado State University and moved back to Ventura County in 1988 to establish specialty veterinary care. Dr. Bruecker is Founder and Chief of Surgery at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. Dr. Bruecker provided regular surgical support for practices in the state of Hawaii from 1996 through 2011.
In 2017, Dr. Bruecker founded COVE (Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education) and is an invited speaker throughout the global veterinary community. He is an active participant in working groups on elbow dysplasia, shoulder injuries, advanced techniques in small animal arthroscopy and cranial cruciate ligament repair. He has been an innovator in the development of many new surgical techniques and orthopedic implants. He holds a patent for the first locking Triple Pelvic Osteotomy plate used to treat hip dysplasia.
Board Certified in Surgery and Board Certified in Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, Dr. Bruecker’s primary clinical interests are spinal surgery, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedics and advanced orthopedics. He is well respected for his expertise in arthroscopy, limb deformity, disorders of the knee, fracture management and disorders of the spine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Wobbler syndrome, treatment of intervertebral disk degeneration, spinal fracture management and orthopedics.
Dr. Bruecker is a past program chair of Neurosurgery for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a past program chair for the technician program for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He served as the orthopedics program director for 2004 and 2005 for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was also program director for orthopedics, pain management and anesthesia for the 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association annual symposium. He is the program co-chair for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE). He is a past Executive Board Member (2004-2007) and is Past-President (2014-2015) of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Bruecker currently serves on the Public Relations Committee for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and on the Education Committee for AO Vet North America.
Due largely to his commitment to education and training, Dr. Bruecker was chosen as the Veterinarian of the Year by the California Veterinary Medical Association in 2004.
Dr. Bruecker, his wife and sons are owner/operators of avocado and citrus farms in Ventura County in California. He is an avid classic car collector.
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