Basic Equine Arthroscopy - August 17-18, 2022


Early Bird Special: Register by June 17, 2022 and save $200

RACE Approved: 12 Hours

Course Description: 

If you do equine arthroscopic surgery in your practice, this is the hands-on training course that you can’t live without.  

Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Chris Kawcak, Laurie Goodrich, David Frisbie, and Brad Nelson will use a combination of easy-to- understand didactic lectures, video demonstrations and extensive, practical hands-on lab training to teach you the basic instrumentation and principles of equine arthroscopy. You’ll learn diagnostic arthroscopy of the carpus, fetlock, and tarsocrural joints and arthroscopic surgery of the carpus for osteochondral chip fragment removal and arthroscopic surgery of the dorsal compartment of the fetlock joint for proximal P1 chips, villonodular synovitis and OCD. 

You’ll return to your practice comfortable with basic arthroscopic instrumentation and techniques and ready to grow as an equine arthroscopist. This course will prepare you for the Advanced Equine Arthroscopy course and is a mandatory pre-requisite. 

Register for Advanced 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.

David Frisbie

Dr. David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSME

David Frisbie, Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University, has published extensively including several novel techniques in equine orthopaedics.

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.

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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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
If a course is canceled for any reason, we are not responsible for any charges related to travel.
Refunds are available for cancellations made 60 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future course.

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