Program Director:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré, DECVS (AT)

Principal Course Master:

Dr. Eva Schnabl-Feichter, DECVS (AT)

Course Master:

Dr. Julia Knebel, DECVS (DE)


PD. Dr. Barbara Bockstahler, DACVSMR (AT),
Ass. Prof. Dr. Britta Vidoni (AT),
Ass. Prof. Dr. Ilse Schwendenwein, DECVP (AT),
Dr. Carina Strohmayer, DECVDI (AT),
Ass. Prof. Dr. Katharina Hittmair (AT),
Dr. Stefanie Handl, DECVCN (AT),
Prof. Dr. Sabine Breit (AT),
PD Dr. Eva Eberspächer-Schweda, DACVAA (AT)

Program Overview

The whole surgical curriculum, including soft tissue and orthopaedic disea¬ses is under the responsibility of Univ. Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré, namely, course director. Course masters, co-course masters, course instructors and helpers will be appointed as necessary.
The Ortho I course is mandatory before continuing on to the next courses. Ortho II and III can be taken in any order. It is recommended to participate in all three Ortho courses (I,II and III) before continuing with the Ortho almuni course.

Course Overview

This veterinary orthopaedic course is designed for practitioners wil¬ling to improve their knowledge in small animals’ orthopaedic diseases. The course will offer veterinarians 5 ECTS points for the Certificate or Master Program in Small Animal Surgery. The first week of the orthopædic curriculum will concentrate on diagnosing the lame patient: the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, normal and abnormal gait, how and when to use diagnostic imaging modalities at best, degenerative and inflammatory joint diseases like Osteoarthtritis and musculoskeletal diseases in the growing dog.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the participant of this course shall be able to:

1. recognize and characterize lameness in the dog
2. choose the right diagnostic modality and be able to interpret the results
3. know about treatment of OA in dogs

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

08:30-09:00 Introduction/Welcome
09:00-09:45 Forelimb anatomy (prox muscle and tendons)
09:45-10:15 Forelimb anatomy (dist muscle and tendons)
10:15-10:45 Neurovascular supply of the forelimb
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Dissection of the forelimb
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:15 Hindlimb anatomy (pelvis, hip joint, hamstrings)
14:15-14:45 Hindlimb anatomy (stifle Anatomy and Tarsus/Achillestendon)
14:45-15:15 Neurovascular supply of the hindlimb
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Dissection of the hindlimb

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Ultrasonography and Cytology
08:30-09:00 Brainstorming
09:00-10:00 Introduction in ultrasonography in orthopaedics
10:15-10:30 Coffe Break
10:30-12:00 Practicals Ultrasonography
12:00-13:00 Luncg Break
13:00-13:30 How to interprete a joint tap
13:30-14:30 Group 1 Arthrocentesis
Group 2 Practicals Cytology
14:30-15:30 Group 1 Arthrocentesis
Group 2 Practical cytology
15:30-15:45 Coffe Break
15:45-16:30 Arthritis and Polyarthritis
16:15-17:00 Normal gait in dogs

Friday, 28 February 2020

Orthopedic Examination
08:30-09:00 Brainstorming
09:00-10:15 Orthopedic examination general and forelimb
10:15-10:45 Orthopedic examination hindlimb
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Neurologic exam
11:30-13:00 Group 1- Lameness Analysis
Group 2- Orthopedic Examination
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Group 1- Orthopedic Examination
Group 2- Lameness Analysis
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:00 Radiography – Image quality using case studies

Saturday, 29 February 2020

09:00-09:30 Brainstorming
09:30-10:00 Radiography – Image reading I
10:00-10:30 Radiography – Image reading II
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 CT and MRI imaging – the added value
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:00 Biology and diagnosis of DJD
14:00-14:45 Management of DJD including current knowledge on medical therapy and Nutrition
14:45-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00- 15:45 Emerging therapies including stem cell therapy and PRP
15:45- 17:00 Surgical strageties to treat OA

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal developement
09:00-09:30 Brainstorming
09:30-09:50 Fetal development
09:50-10:30 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
13:15-13:45 Physiotherapy as a possibility to increase quality of life in old dogs
13:45-15:15 Physiotherapy
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:30 MCQ Quiz
16:30-17:00 End of the course


Total hours: 40

ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA

ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5


Registration and fees

Tuition fee: Euro 2.650.-


Early registration: Euro 2.550.-

(deadline for early registration payment: 11th September 2019)

Course location

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thv – International Training Center for Human & Veterinary Medicine

Bergmillergasse 5, Stiege 2, Top 3, 1140 Vienna, Austria
thv – International Training Center for Human & Veterinary Medicine
Bergmillergasse 5, Stiege 2, Top 3, 1140 Vienna, Austria

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