Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education
Dr. Bruecker graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, and finished his small animal surgical residency at Colorado State University in 1988. Dr. Bruecker is Founder and Chief of Surgery at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA. 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 throughout the global veterinary community. He is an active participant 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 seminar chair for ACVS Surgery Summits. He was also the program director for orthopedics, pain management, and anesthesia for the 2006 AVMA annual symposium. He is a 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 Rehabilitation 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.
Wednesday, October 21
8 am – 5 pm