Small Animal

TPLO Course and Wet-Lab (Advanced)

Wednesday, October 11
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: White River Ballroom F

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Fees: $950 early / $1,000 late
Open to all audiences

TPLO surgery is often performed for treatment of the cruciate-deficient stifle in large breed dogs, and is increasingly being performed in small breed dogs and cats. Special considerations during TPLO surgery must be made in some patients. This course will address decision-making and surgical techniques used to treat concurrent MPL and ACL disease, femoral and tibial deformity, ACL disease, excessive tibial plateau slope, arthroscopic-assisted TPLO, and TPLO in small breed dogs and cats. Benefits of TPLO over extracapsular repair will also be discussed. Participants will use the Synthes locking TPLO plate and instrumentation on plastic bones and canine cadavers.



ACVS does not endorse or promote the use of any product/service of commercial entities. Equipment used in these laboratories is for demonstration and teaching purposes only with the intent of enhancing the learning experience.

Laboratory fees increase June 29. Last day to register for a laboratory is August 10. ACVS reserves the right to cancel any laboratory that does not meet minimum registrations by August 10. If the laboratory is cancelled by this date, registrants will be notified via email no later than August 17 and all paid registration fees will be refunded. Registrants for laboratories are advised not to make airline and hotel reservations until after August 17 to make sure selected laboratory is not canceled. ACVS will not reimburse for travel in the case of a cancellation due to low registrations.

Cancellation/Change Policy
An administrative fee of $75 will be charged for each item changed within your registration. To cancel your full meeting registration, a $75 fee will be assessed. Requested cancellations after the deadlines (laboratories after August 10; meeting registration after September 7) will only be given in cases of extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family, medical emergency) and must be supported by written documentation. Allow 30 days for processing refund requests. All refunds and changes must be requested in writing by mail, fax, or email:

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Randy J. Boudrieau, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Professor of Surgery
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Boudrieau is the Section Head of Small Animal Surgery and Professor of Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts; USA. His primary areas of interest includes: biomechanics, growth factors (rhBMP-2), fracture healing, maxillofacial trauma, cruciate ligament disease, and joint replacement.

Dr. Boudrieau obtained his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1978. He completed an internship at the Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, two years in private practice in Seattle, Washington, and subsequently a small animal surgical residency at The Ohio State University from 1981-1984.

Dr. Boudrieau’s academic career began at Tufts University in 1984; he is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS).

He is an active member in a number of veterinary orthopedic organizations, including ACVS, ECVS, AO, ESVOT and VOS, the latter of which he also served as President. He also is a reviewer for a number of veterinary journals including: Am J Vet Res, J Am Vet Med Assoc, Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol, J Sm Anim Pract and Vet Surg.

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Michael P. Kowaleski, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Tufts University

Dr. Kowaleski earned his DVM degree at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After several years in general practice, he completed his residency training in small animal surgery at Tufts University in a joint program with the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2002. He earned board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003 and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. He was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at The Ohio State University from August 2002-August 2007 at which time he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He returned to Tufts in 2007, and currently, he is a Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. His areas of clinical and research interest include arthroscopy, enhancement of fracture healing, external skeletal fixation, fracture repair and orthopedic implants, total joint replacement, clinical and radiological assessment of limb alignment, osteoarthritis, peri-operative and chronic pain management, and the role of osteotomy in the management of joint disease.

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Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA

Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Texas A&M University

Dr. Brian Saunders received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2001 and then completed a rotating internship at the University of Tennessee. In 2002 he returned to Texas A&M and enrolled in graduate school at the College of Medicine, obtaining a PhD in 2005 in vascular biology. In 2009 he completed a small animal surgery residency at Texas A&M. Dr. Saunders is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is currently an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University. He is the director of the Canine Comparative Orthopedics and Cellular Therapeutics Lab. The mission of the lab is to advance the field of canine orthopedics and through characterization and development of skeletal stem cell-based therapies for the mutual benefit of veterinary and human orthopedic patients. Dr. Saunders’ clinical interests include arthroscopic joint surgery, minimally invasive fracture repair, angular limb deformities, and joint replacement. His research interests include 3D in vitro models of cell invasion, bone and cartilage formation, canine adult stem cell biology and tissue engineering.

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Shanti Jha, BVSc, DACVS-SA

VCA Specialty Animal Hospital

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Michael P. Kowaleski, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Tufts University

Dr. Kowaleski earned his DVM degree at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After several years in general practice, he completed his residency training in small animal surgery at Tufts University in a joint program with the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2002. He earned board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003 and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. He was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at The Ohio State University from August 2002-August 2007 at which time he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He returned to Tufts in 2007, and currently, he is a Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. His areas of clinical and research interest include arthroscopy, enhancement of fracture healing, external skeletal fixation, fracture repair and orthopedic implants, total joint replacement, clinical and radiological assessment of limb alignment, osteoarthritis, peri-operative and chronic pain management, and the role of osteotomy in the management of joint disease.

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