Small Animal

Innovations in Orthopedic Surgery

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the ever-growing array of both widely available and custom-made implants for orthopedic and spinal surgery with specific reference to complications encountered. Presenters investigate single course exposure versus specific surgical training in a clinical environment before deployment of such implants, illuminate the background moral and ethical issues concerning implant traceability and surgical accountability, and examine complication rates of commonly performed versus more advanced procedures.


Noel Fitzpatrick, MVB Duniv, CVR, DSAS (Orthopaedics), DACVSMR, MRCVS

Managing Director
Fitzpatrick Referrals

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, originally from Laois, Ireland, is a world leading orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon and is founder and managing director of one of the largest veterinary referral centres in the UK, Fitzpatrick Referrals.

He obtained his Bachelor of veterinary medicine from University College Dublin in 1990. Following scholarships at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Ghent, he went on to complete the RCVS certificates in small animal orthopaedics and radiology.
He attained boarded specialist status by examination in both the USA and the UK, with the degrees of ACVSMR, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and DSAS(Orth), the Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).
Noel is an Associate Professor at the University Of Florida School Of Veterinary Medicine as well as one of the founding partners of the Veterinary School at The University of Surrey, of which he is also a Professor of Orthopaedics.
Noel has shown an unprecedented commitment to academic research from private veterinary practice, having been an author on dozens of peer-reviewed papers in the past ten years. He has established evidence for surgical techniques and implants as well as elucidation of disease epidemiology. He has developed more than 30 new techniques including several world-firsts in veterinary orthopaedics and neurosurgery that have provided solutions were none seemed possible and quality of life for his patients.

Noel has been instrumental in bringing the concept of One Medicine to the fore in the UK, establishing a platform for the cross-pollination of expertise and ideas between veterinary and human medicine. One Medicine is at the heart of Noel’s mission and the cornerstone of The Humanimal Trust, the charity he has founded to promote this cause.


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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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Denis J. Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS, DACVSMR

Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
University of California Davis

Dr. Marcellin-Little is a French-born veterinarian who is board certified in surgery and in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Having recently moved from North Carolina State University, he now teaches at the University of California, Davis. He has a clinical interest in the management of limb deformities and in joint replacement. The main focus of his research is the use of bioengineering resources to better understand and manage specific orthopedic problems.


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Takashi Taguchi, DVM, MS

Graduate Student
Louisiana State University

My name is Takashi Taguchi, DVM, MS, and I am currently a PhD student at Dr. Mandi Lopez's lab, Louisiana State University, LA. After obtaining DVM at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, I had worked in small animal practice for 6 years. I started stem cell and biomaterial research in 2015 at Dr. Dominique Griffon's lab, Western University of Health Sciences, CA where I obtained MS.


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