01/02/2017 - 05/02/2017 | Vienna, Austria


Principal Course Master:

Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré DECVS (AT)

Course Masters:

Dr. Eva Schnabl-Feichter, DEVCS (AT)
Dr. Julia Knebel, DEVCS (DE)


Dr. John Innes (UK)
Dr. Barbara Bockstahler (AT)
Dr. Marlis Wessely (AT)
and Anatomists and Orthopaedic surgeons of the Vetmeduni Vienna


This veterinary orthopaedic disease course is designed for practitioners willing to improve their knowledge in small animals’ orthopaedic diseases. Focus will be placed on diagnostic and treatment principles of various orthopaedic diseases. The first week of the orthopædics curriculum will concentrate on diagnosing the lame patient. The course will offer veterinarians 5 ECTS points for the Certificate or Master Program in Small Animal Surgery.

Learning outcomes

The participant of this course shall be able:
To recognize, characterize and propose treatment possibilities of lameness in dogs and cats.

Course organisation

The whole surgical curriculum, including soft tissue and orthopaedic diseases is under the responsability of Univ. Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré, namely, course director.
Course masters, co-course masters, course instructors and helpers will be appointed as necessary.


ESAVS Veterinary Orthopædics I: The lame patient

  • Functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
  • How do cats and dogs walk: Normal and abnormal gait
  • How to use diagnostic imaging modalities at best
  • Degenerative and inflammatory joint diseases
  • Musculoskeletal diseases in the growing dog

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

8:30-9:00 Introduction/Welcome
9:00-9:45 Normal gait in dogs
9:45-10:00 Normal gait in cats
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
10:15-11:30 Orthopedic examination general and forelimb
11:30-12:00 Orthopedic examination hindlimb
12:00-12:30 Neurologic examination
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:15 Forelimb anatomy (prox muscle and tendons)
14:15-14:45 Forelimb anatomy (dist muscle and tendons)
14:45-15:15 Neurovascular supply of the forelimb
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Dissection of the forelimb

Thursday, 2 February 2017

8:30-9:00 Brainstorming
9:00-9:45 Hindlimb anatomy (pelvis, hip joint, hamstrings)
9:45-10:15 Hindlimb anatomy (stifle Anatomy and Tarsus/Achillestendon)
10:15-10:45 Neurovascular supply of the hindlimb
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Dissection of the hindlimb
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Group 1 Lameness Analysis on videos
Group 2 Orthopedic examination
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-16:45 Group 1 Lameness Analysis on videos
Group 2 Orthopedic examination
16:45-17:00 Orthopedic examination in cats

Friday, 3 February 2017

8:30-9:00 Brainstorming

9:00-10:00 Diagnostic imaging- how to do the perfect x-ray?

10:00-11:00 Lagerung

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:30 Functional x-rays and high quality radiologic imaging

11:30-12:30 Examples of food and bad imaging (10 examples)

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-14:30 Advanced veterinary imaging- CT, MRI

14:30-14:45 Coffee Break

14:45-17:00 Ultrasonography in Orthopaedics

Saturday, 4 February 2017

9:00-9:30 Brainstorming

9:30-10:15 Biology and diagnosis of DJD

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:15 Management of DJD including current knowledge on medical therapy and Nutrition

11:15-11:45 Emerging therapies including stem cell therapy and PRP

11:45-12:15 Joint resurfacing

12:15-13:15 Lunch Break

13:15-13:45 How to interprete a joint tap

13:45-14:45 Arthrocentesis// Microscopic examination 2 groups

14:45-15:45 Arthrocentesis// Microscopic examination 2 groups

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:30 Osteoarthrosis in the feline patient

16:30-17:00 Arthritis/Polyarthritis

17:00-17:30 Physiotherapy as a possibility to increase quality of life in old dogs

Sunday, 5 February 2017

9:00-9:30 Brainstorming

9:30-9:50 Fetal development

9:50-10:30 Nutrition in juvenile animals

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:45 Orthopedic diseases in juvenile Animals and Nutrition Problems

11:45-12:15 Exercising during musculoskeletal developement

12:15-13:15 Lunch Break

13:15-15:15 Physiotherapy

15:15-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:30 MCQ Quiz

16:30-17:00 End of the course

We thank following companies for supporting this course:

Registration and fees

Tuition fee: Euro 2.590.-


Early registration: Euro 2.490.-

(deadline for FULL early registration payment: 31st october 2016)

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Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien

Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Veterinärpl. 1, 1210 Wien, Österreich

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