Advanced Equine Arthroscopy - August 18-20, 2022


Early Bird Special: Register by June 18, 2022 and save $300

RACE Approved: 19.5 Hours

Course Description: 

If you’re looking to take your equine arthroscopy skills to the next level, this is the course for you.  Led by the authors of the textbook Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse along with the exceptional expertise of Drs. Kawcak, Goodrich, McIlwraith, Nixon, and Nelson from CSU, this is a can’t miss training opportunity. 

Your instructors will use a combination of easy-to-understand didactic lectures, video demonstrations and extensive, practical hands-on lab training to teach you how to do advanced arthroscopy with particular emphasis on approaches for internal fixation of fractures of the carpus and fetlock, new arthroscopic techniques in the femoropatellar and femorotibial joints, advanced arthroscopic surgery of the hock and important tenoscopic surgical techniques for bursoscopy.

You’ll return to your practice with a new skill-set in advanced equine arthroscopy.

Register for Basic Equine Arthroscopy too!

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Dr. Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip AVCSMR

Dr. Kawcak was an early author of follow up studies in arthroscopic surgery and is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent catastrophic injuries in equine athletes. Dr. Kawac is Professor of Orthopaedics at Colorado State University.

Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR

Dr. McIlwraith is the pioneer of equine arthroscopy, the senior author of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse and is a major contributor to clinical and research orthopaedics. Dr. McIlwraith is a University Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of Orthopaedic Research Center, Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD

Dr. Laurie Goodrich is the Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University’s C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute and an equine surgeon specializing in orthopedic surgery and lameness with a focus on musculoskeletal injuries and trauma. She holds the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Orthopaedics and is an American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Large Animal Orthopedics. She received her DVM from the University of Illinois, completed an internship at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and an equine surgical residency at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Northern Virginia. During that time, she also completed a Master of Science in Pharmacology. She became faculty at Cornell University as an Equine Surgeon in 1996 and also completed a PhD in cartilage repair in 2005 while at Cornell. She then began at CSU in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery and is currently a Professor of Surgery and a principal investigator in the Orthopaedic Research Center. She is a translational scientist whose research focuses on regenerative medicine, gene therapies and biologics to improve joint and bone repair in both animals and people. She is an active faculty member for AOVET, on the Board of Directors for North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association, the immediate past Chair of the Preclinical Models Section of the Orthopedic Research Society and a past Chair of the Board of Regents for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In her spare time she is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker and whitewater kayaker.

Dr. Brad Nelson, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS

Brad Nelson, Assistant Professor of Lameness and Orthopaedic Surgery at Colorado State University, has an interest in imaging for early diagnosis with focus on contrast computer tomography.

Ian Wright, MA, VetMB, DEO, Dip ECVS, Hon FRCVS

Ian is consultant surgeon at Newmarket Equine Hospital and to several leading Thoroughbred producers. He holds the RCVS Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers in equine surgery and orthopaedics including a number of new minimally invasive techniques. He is co-author of the 3rd and 4th editions of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse, editor of Fractures in the Horse, has written or co-written a further 13 book chapters and co-edited the first edition of The Equine Manual. Awards include the Equine Veterinary Journal clinical prize in 1994 and 1999 and the open award in 2013. He has made over 250 national and international presentations and taught post graduate courses in arthroscopy and fracture management. In 2016 Ian was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in recognition of his contribution to equine surgery.

Dr. Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS

Dr. Nixon graduated fom the University of Sydney in 1978, practiced for a year and a half, and then completed a residency and research degree in large animal surgery at Colorado State University, leading to board certification in American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. He worked at the University of Florida for 5 years before moving to Cornell University in New York in 1988, where he provided service in clinical orthopedics and neurosurgery, and served as chief of surgery from 2002-2006. He was also director of the Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory and JD Wheat Equine Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University, and was the inaurgural Chief Medical Officer at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, a Cornell owned equine private practice hospital alongside the Belmont racetrack in New York City. Besides his extensive experience in orthopedic surgery, Dr Nixon has a long career in musculoskeletal research, with grant support from numerous external agencies, including The Morris Animal Foundation., Grayson Jockey Club, Quarter Horse Association, The Arthritis Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, for studies targeting cell and gene therapy for joint disease. He has over 200 published papers focusing on equine orthopedic disease and surgery, with a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery, cartilage injury and repair, and novel regenerative medicine approaches to joint disease in racing and sport horses. He is also editor and author of two books, Equine Fracture Repair (now in 2nd edition), and Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy of the Horse (in 4th edition). Dr Nixon was inducted into the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2009, and awarded the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Founders Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2015. Dr Nixon retired from Cornell University at the end of 2020, and continues his teaching, research, and clinical roles as an emeritus professor in equine surgery at Cornell, adjunct professor at the University of Florida, and as a consultant to several private practices in the US and abroad. He continues his teaching roles as a faculty member for the AO-Vet Fracture Repair Courses, and as faculty member in Equine Arthroscopy courses in the US and Europe.

Dr. Ryan Carpenter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

Dr. Ryan Carpenter graduated from UC Davis, school of veterinary medicine in 2005 and went on to complete a surgical residency and combined masters program at Colorado State University where he conducted orthopedic research projects focusing on gene therapy and fracture healing under the direction of the Equine Orthopedic Research Center at CSU. Ryan spends his mornings as an active racetrack practitioner in the shedrow at Santa Anita and Del Mar and his afternoons in the hospital specializing in orthopedic and upper airway surgery. When not at the track, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Jill and daughters Brooklyn and Taylor and Billy, the family pup.

Dr. W. Wesley Sutter, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Wes Sutter grew up in Wyoming and did his undergraduate and veterinary degree at Colorado State University. He did a surgical residency and master’s degree at The Ohio State University. Following his residency, he was a tenure track assistant professor of equine orthopedic surgery at The Ohio State University. He then took a position as an associate surgeon at Ocala Equine Hospital in Florida under John Madison, VMD. After 5 years, he moved to Kentucky where he co-founded Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine. Recently, he co-founded Kentucky Equine Hospital. Currently he manages the hospital and has a referral surgical practice focusing on orthopedics, upper airway surgery and lameness.

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