Small Animal

Hind Limb Arthroscopy, Ventral Hip Approach & Luxation Stabilization

Wednesday, October 24
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored By ACVS Premier Sponsor 

Fees: $1,500 early / $1,600 late

Open to ACVS and ECVS Diplomates and residents only

This laboratory will focus on canine stifle and hip arthroscopy with the added introduction of a unique ventral approach to the hip joint.

The latest technique update in minimally invasive open hip reduction and stabilization will be covered. A combination of short, cutting edge lectures and two wet lab sessions spread over an eight hour period will be utilized.

Lectures will cover arthroscopic instrumentation, technique and the ventral and craniolateral hip approaches with their relevant therapeutic interventions. Participants will have bone models and cadaver hidlimbs to perform the described techniques and will be instructed and guided through the techniques by four experienced and proficient arthroscopic & stabilization surgeons.

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 July 7. Last day to register for a laboratory is August 15. 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. There will be no laboratory refunds after August 15. After August 15, refunds for laboratory registrations will only be refunded in cases of extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family, medical, or emergency) and must be supported by written documentation. Allow 30 days for processing refund requests. All refunds and changes must be requested in writing:

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Ian G. Holsworth, BVSc, DACVS-SA, ACVS Founding Fellow MIS (Orthopedics)


Ian Gordon Holsworth BSc, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVSc (Surgery), Dip ACVS
Current practice: VetSurg, Ventura CA, USA
Veterinary School: University of Melbourne-Australia 1991
Fellowship: Michigan State University 2000
Residency: University of California - Davis 2003
Area of Surgical Emphasis: Small Animal Orthopedics & Neurology
Research Interests: Juvenile Orthopedic Disease, Neuropathic lameness, Complete VetArticular Care

Graduated in 1991 from the University of Melbourne and spent 8 years in general practice. Dr Holsworth became an examined Member of the Surgery College of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1995. Following a position as Staff Surgeon for an eight-practice small animal veterinary group in Melbourne, Dr Holsworth relocated to Michigan as a Surgery fellow in the Michigan State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Dr. Holsworth commenced a three-year position as a small animal surgical resident at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which he completed in July 2003. Spent last fifteen years in a clinical and surgical instructor role. Currently is practice Director and Senior Surgeon of VetSurg, in Ventura, CA and Curriculum Coordinator and Lead Instructor for Arthrex VetSystem’s North American CE program. This CE program includes didactic lectures and instructional labs which are hosted in University Vet Schools, private surgical labs and in combination with national veterinary CE conferences.

Dr. Holsworth has presented at many national meetings in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. Topics covered include shoulder, hip, elbow, and stifle disease in dogs with particular focus on advanced imaging, arthroscopic assessment of juvenile orthopedic disease and arthroplasty. Dr Holsworth has been the Chair of the ACVS Surgical Summit arthroscopy & joint surgery lab for the past ten years.


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Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery
The Ohio State University

Dr. Nina Kieves is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at The Ohio State University. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Minnesota and is a board-certified Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Kieves is actively involved in teaching orthopedic surgery nationally through AOVet and arthroscopy with Arthrex Vet Systems. Her research interests lie in sports medicine and rehabilitation and surgical treatment with minimally invasive techniques.


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Peter J. Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR

Skylos Sports Medicine

Peter J. Lotsikas, DVM, DACVS-SA, DACVSMR
Skylos Sports Medicine, Ellicott City & Frederick Maryland
Dr. Peter Lotsikas specializes in restoring function to performance and working dogs with sports-related injuries. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lotsikas graduated with a BS degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and a DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a general small animal internship at Kansas State University, followed by a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. He received his formal surgical residency training at Iowa State University. In 2015, Dr. Lotsikas founded Skylos Sports Medicine with his wife, Dr. F. Lotsikas, in Ellicott City, MD. Skylos provides a concierge level of client service with its comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation team. Skylos opened its second location in Frederick, MD in February of 2017, and continues to serve a growing patient population.

Dr. Lotsikas serves as a veterinary surgical consultant for Arthrex Vet Systems and is a national instructor in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery. Previously, he was on the medical education advisory board for Zoetis and has taught on behalf of Synthes Vet. He also served on the Board of the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and is currently the veterinary representative on the Oversight Committee for MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. In 2017, he was named the Maryland Distinguished Veterinarian of the year. He has contributed to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and recently served as section chief/author for the chapter on orthopedic disorders of the hind limb for the second edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Charles M. Walls, DVM, DACVS

SAGE Centers


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