Small Animal

Corrective Osteotomies to Manage Patellar Luxation

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

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Fees: $950 early / $1,050 late

Open to ACVS and ECVS Diplomates and residents only

The laboratory will introduce participants already familiar with bone plating to the principles of PTO (proximal tibia osteotomies) and DFO (distal femoral osteotomies) for the treatment of patella luxation and will allow participants to perform the procedures during the dry lab. The instructors will review CORA based methodology for deformity corrections associated with patella luxation, case selection based on pre-operative planning from radiographs or CT-Scan and complications through clinical case examples. A brief introduction will be made of the Fixin Locking Plate system. The participants will also be able to recognize situations that require adjunctive procedures. During the lab, ten 2-person stations will be made available to participants for correction of deformity of plastic bones made from real clinical cases.

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Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education (COVE)

Dr. Kenneth Bruecker graduated from the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and finished his Small Animal Surgical Residency at CSU in 1988. 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 through out the global veterinary community. He is an active participate in many orthopedic working groups. 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 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 orthopedics program director for the ACVS Surgical Summits. He was also program director for orthopedics, pain management and anesthesia for the 2006 AVMA annual symposium. He is past program chair for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE). He is a Past-President (2014-2015) of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. He is Co-Chair of the AOVet Masters Course on Sports Medicine and Rehabilatation in 2019.

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.


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Daniel D. Lewis, DVM, DACVS

Professor and Eminent Scholar
University of Florida

Dan Lewis is Professor and the Jerry and Lola Collins Eminent Scholar in Canine Sports Medicine and Comparative Orthopaedics at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. Dan is received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1983. He completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Louisiana State University in 1984 and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Florida in 1987. Dr. Lewis spent a year as the Surgical Registrar at Sydney University before returning to Louisiana State University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. In 1993, he returned to the University of Florida where he has ascended to his current rank as a Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Eminent Scholar. Dr. Lewis is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a former President of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the recipient of the 2012 World Small Animal Veterinary Association-Hill’s Pet Mobility Award and was named a University of Florida Foundation Research Professor in 2016. He has authored or co-authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications. His special interests include musculoskeletal traumatology, fracture management and reconstructive orthopedic surgery with a focus on the utilization of circular and hybrid external skeletal fixation for fracture stabilization, deformity correction and limb salvage procedures.


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Massimo Petazzoni, DVM

Head of Orthopedic department
Clinica Veterinaria Milano Sud

Massimo Petazzoni: degree in Veterinary Medicine, Milano, 1997. Chief of the Orthopaedic department of the "Clinica Veterinaria Milano Sud", Peschiera Borromeo, Italy. Member of: SCIVAC, ESVOT, SIOVET, AVORE council member, AOVET Ambassador Member. Scientific lecturer at national and international congresses, meetings and courses. Author of 10 scientific papers. Lecturer at SCIVAC/AO courses: Distal Extremities, External Fixation, Ao Masterclass Course on Advanced Corrective Osteotomies and at ESVOT and ACVS course on Corrective Osteotomies and Patella Luxation. He developed the Fixin device, the internal fixator with angular stability and conic coupling system and the Tibial Tuberosity Transposition Tool. He has two patents on his name. He was the secretary of the SIOVET, Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (2008-2011). Author of the Merial “Atlas of Clinical Goniometry” and Innovet “Atlas BOA, Breed Orthopaedic Oriented Approach”. Particular interests: limb alignment, stifle surgery, hybrid external fixators, Ilizarov technique, elastic internal fixation, Total Hip Replacement. He has two patents on his name. He completed Ironman 2013 Klagenfurt in 11 hours 15 minutes.


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