Small Animal

TPLO Curve™ - Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy

Wednesday, October 24
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored By ACVS Premier Sponsor: 

Fees: Fees: $950 early / $1,050 late

This laboratory will provide information on the TPLO Curve including:

The surgical technique will be demonstrated and practiced, to show the benefits of the latest TPLO plate which include improved compression and decreased infection. Participants of this laboratory will have the opportunity to become familiar with the TPLO Curve system on bone models.

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.

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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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Randall Acker, DVM

Medical Director
Sun Valley Animal Center

Dr. Randy Acker, moved to Sun Valley, Idaho and became the owner of the Sun Valley Animal Center after graduating from Colorado State University in 1979. Dr. Randy Acker’s focus has been in dog surgery with a particular emphasis on orthopedics. By attending multiple orthopedic courses over the years, Dr. Randy Acker has obtained the skills to achieve excellence in orthopedic surgeries. Courses attended by Dr. Randy Acker include cruciate ligament repair (TPLO, TTA, and others), Total Hip Replacement (BioMedtrix THR, Kyon THR, Micro and Nano Hip Systems), bone plating, arthroscopy, external fixation, and many others.

In the early 1990′s, Dr. Randy Acker began doing the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) after learning the surgical technique from Dr. Barclay Slocum, who developed the TPLO. In 2013, Dr. Randy Acker taught the TPLO course for Synthes at the Veterinary Orthopedic Society meeting in Park City, UT.

Dr. Randy Acker has instructed eight times at the Kyon Total Hip Replacement course. The Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) certified him as an instructor for THR courses.

Dr. Randy Acker’s interest in orthopedics has led him to multiple orthopedic patents, invitations to lecture worldwide, and the development of the TATE Elbow, as well as an ankle replacement system. Dr. Randy Acker has taught numerous TATE Elbow courses. The TATE Elbow was developed and named after his yellow lab, Tate, who suffered from severe elbow arthritis.

Dr. Randy Acker lives in the valley with his wife, Susan and their pets. Dr. Randy Acker mentors and shares his skills and veterinary interests with his daughters, Dr. Amber Acker-Sanborn and Dr. Maggie Acker-Buck who are working with him at Sun Valley Animal Center. His son Marcus lives in Alaska.


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John J. Haburjak, DVM, DACVS

Veterinary Surgical Centers

John J. Haburjak, DVM is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; He is a 1993 graduate of UC Davis, and did his residency in-part in private practice and at the University of Illinois. His past research interests have included orthopedic trauma and disorders of the carpus. He has several publications in the Veterinary Orthopedic and Traumatology Journal, Journal of Small Animal Practice and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. His clinical surgical interests include surgical oncologic procedures of the face, head and neck, corrective orthopedic procedures and neurosurgery (spinal). Finally, he has dedicated most of his post-graduate emphasis on minimally invasive procedures including: laproscopy, thorascopy and intervential radiology (urethral and tracheal stenting). He started his private practic career in the San Francisco Bay Area and founded an independent surgical group that has grown into 2-facilities with multi-disciplined 24h care.


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Greg van der Meulen

BioMedtrix, LLC


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