Small Animal

Arthroscopy Forelimb

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sponsored By ACVS Premier Sponsor: 

Relevant, up-to-date, and practical updates on arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow and carpus are presented. Lectures focus on impactful and useful information that will benefit understanding of current hindlimb arthroscopic technique and instrument developments.


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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Sun Young Kim, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University

Dr. Kim graduated in 2000 from Seoul National University in Korea where he stayed another four years for further clinical training in small animal surgery and graduate study related to motion analysis. He moved to the USA in 2004 as an international surgical fellow at Michigan State University for a year. After the program, Dr. Kim worked at the University of California as a junior specialist in comparative orthopedic research focused on biomechanics and motion analysis. He completed a rotating internship at the University of Florida in 2009 and a small animal surgery residency at the UC-Davis in 2012. After the residency, Dr. Kim taught students and house officers at the UC-Davis as faculty until 2015. Currently, he works at Michigan State University as faculty in small animal orthopedics. His research interests include biomechanics, 3-D modeling, and computer-assisted operation. His clinical interests are orthopedic trauma, joint disease, minimally invasive surgery, deformity, patient-specific surgical guide and implant design, etc. - all about orthopedics. He also loves soft tissue surgery.


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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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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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Fraje Watson, MRes BSc (Hons) RVN

Research Coordinator
Fitzpatrick Referrals

Fraje qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 2013 and has worked at Fitzpatrick Referrals in various Veterinary Nursing roles ever since. In 2017 Fraje completed her Research Masters part-time at the Royal Veterinary College and has been employed as the Research Coordinator at Fitzpatrick Referrals since then.


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Kevin P. McAbee, DVM, DACVS-SA

Spire Veterinary Surgery

Kevin P. McAbee, DVM, DACVS-SA. Owner and Surgeon at Spire Veterinary Surgery-Surgery centers located in Fort Collins, CO, Boulder, CO, and Jackson Hole, WY.


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Susan L. Schaefer, MS, DVM, DACVS

Clinical Associate Professor
University or Wisconsin - Madison

Susan L. Schaefer, MS, DVM, DACVS
Clinical Associate Professor - Small Animal Orthopaedics
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin - Madison


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