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Feline Orthopaedics, Vienna / Austria, 30 July - 3 August 2018 registration open

Principal Course master: Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré, DECVS (AT)
Course Master: Dr. Eva Schnabl-Feichter, DECVS (AT)
Lecturers/Instructors: Dr. Andreas Gutbrod, DECVS (CH)

Newcomers are welcome on this course!


This course includes interactive, case oriented classroom teaching in combination with intensive practical work shops.

In the workshops, we will first repeat basic traumatology on plastic bones before starting to perform surgery on a cat cadaver always together with another participant. Teachers show you first how to do the exercise on a cadaver with the help of video transmission and are afterwards available to support and instruct you during the workshop.

After the course you will have repeated AO principles of fracture management and you will be able to do correct surgical approaches to the bones as well as have a treatment plan for common fractures. Also you will be able to perform some common orthopedic surgeries in the cat.


1) Lameness in cats due to orthopedic or neurologic problems
2) Traumatology:
  • Trauma in Cats
  • Principles of internal and external fixation
  • Open fractures
  • Fracture healing and complications
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Long bone fractures
  • Epiphyseal fractures
  • Joint fractures
  • Spinal Trauma and Vertebral Fractures
    3) Orthopedics:
  • Tendon and Muscle Injuries
  • Specific diseases of the shoulder, elbow, carpal, tarsal, stifle and hip joint
    4) Workshops:
    Plastic bones (dry lab)
  • Cerclage wire technique, tension band wire technique
  • Positioning of a lag screw and neutralisation plate
    Cadavers (wet lab)
  • Parallel and cross pinning distal femur
  • Metacarpal fracture (toggle pinning)
  • Ileal fracture (plate)
  • Humeral fracture (plate and lag screw)
  • Comminuted femur fracture (plate and rod)
  • Comminuted tibial fracture (external fixation)
  • Achilles Tendon repair
  • Medial elbow arthrotomy, osteotomy oft he FCP
  • Cranial cruciate ligament repair and patellar luxation
  • Hip luxation, FHO

    PROGRAM (subject to Change)

    Monday, 30 July 2018
    9:00- 9:30 Registration, Welcome and Introduction
    9:30- 10:15 Orthopedic examination in Cats- whats different?
    10:15- 10:45 Is it a neurologic problem?
    10:45- 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00-11:30 High Rise Injury vs Road traffic accident
    11:30-12:00 Head Trauma
    12:00-12:30 Sacrococcygeal Injury
    12:30-13:30 Lunch break
    13:30-14:00 Gun shot injury
    14:00-15:00 Pelvic Trauma
    15:00-15:15 Coffee break
    15:15-17:00 Decision making in fracture repair

    Tuesday, 31 July 2018
    9:00-9:30 Wrap Up Session
    9:30- 10:30 Special Anatomy in the Cat- what is different to the Dog?
    10:30-10:45 Coffee break
    10:45-12:30 Anatomical Dissection of the forelimb and hindlimb
    12:30-13:00 Lunch break
    13:00-14:45 Surgical approaches forelimb
    14:45-15:00 Coffee break
    15:00-16:00 Amputation forelimb
    16:00-17:00 Mandibula symphysiolysis, soft palate cleft, esophageal tube

    Wednesday, 1 August 2018
    9.00-9:30 Wrap Up Session
    9:30-10:00 Do cats have shoulder problems ?
    10:00- 10:30 Is there a role for elbow dysplasia?
    10:30-10:45 Coffee break
    10:45-11:30 Elbow and Hip Luxation
    11:30-12:30 Hip Diseases
    12:30- 13:30 Lunch break
    13:30-14:00 Isolated Cranial cruciate disease
    14:00-14:45 Multiligamentous stifle injuries
    14:45-15:15 Patella disease in Cats
    15:15-15:30 Coffee break
    15:30-16:00 Traumatic Achilles Tendon rupture
    16:00-17:00 Distal limb injuries

    Thursday, 2 August 2018
    9:00-10:45 Surgical approach hip joint and ilium
    ilieo femoral suture, toggle pin
    femur head and nec ostectomy
    10:45-11:00 Coffee break
    11:00-12:00 Surgical approaches stifle
    patellar luxation
    12:00- 13:00 Lunch break
    13:00- 15:45 Extra- and intracapsular ligament repair
    collateral ligament repair
    achilles tendon repair, transarticular fixation
    15:45-16:00 Coffee break
    16:00-17:00 Amputation hindlimb

    Friday, 3 August 2018
    9:00-9:30 Wrap Up Session
    9:30- 10:00 Osteoarthrosis - a common problem in our feline patient
    10:00-10:30 Feline Arthritis
    10:30-10:45 Coffee break
    10:45- 11:10 Outcome evaluation in Cats
    11:10-12:00 Pain management
    12:00-12:30 Physiotherapy
    12:30-13:30 Lunch break
    13:30-14:30 Cases- Group work
    14:30-15:30 Cases- Discussion
    15:30-15:45 Coffee break
    15:45-16:30 Quiz- Wrap up session
    16:30-16:45 Goodbye


    Hotel and Travel Information

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    Please enter for Destination: `Vienna`, for Country: `Austria` and your travel dates. Then search for hotels near the course address: `Veterinärplatz 1`.


    Tuition fee: EURO 2.590,--
    Early registration: EURO 2.490,-- (deadline for early registration payment: 12 February 2018)

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