Advanced Fracture Management - Veterinarians

September 9 - 11, 2022

Early Bird Special: Register by 7/9/22 and save $200

Course Description

You learned long ago that not all of your clients are willing/able to accept a referral to a specialist for fracture repair and you grew tired of amputating limbs (or worse). Along the way, you took a basic fracture management / plating course and you’ve saved your share of limbs (and lives) as you’ve become comfortable with treatment of many routine diaphyseal fractures.  

… but you’ve also come to realize that not all fractures fit into that tidy classification of “routine”.  Truth be told … you need some help, encouragement and training for some of the more difficult and complex fractures. Worry no more … we’ve got the perfect training course for you! 

In this specially designed course, you will learn to address those challenges associated with advanced fracture management, including stabilization techniques and avoiding/managing complications. You’ll build your skills with locking bone plate systems as you perform surgical stabilization of complex fractures of the distal femoral physis/metaphysis, pelvis, elbow and humerus. 

For this Advanced course, you are required to have completed a basic introductory fracture management course and be familiar with the surgical approaches to fractures, direct and indirect reduction techniques, power drill systems and bone plate fixation …but you already knew that didn’t you? 

After this course, you’ll return to your practice ready to tackle some of those not-so-routine fracture cases and your clients will be glad you got this training!  

Learning Objectives:

Following successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • successfully plan surgical stabilization of complex fractures of the distal femoral physis / metaphysis, ilium, humeral condyle (elbow) and humeral diaphysis.  
  • successfully execute surgical stabilization of complex fractures of the distal femoral physis / metaphysis, ilium, humeral condyle (elbow) and humeral diaphysis. 
  • Employ strategies to reduce the risk of surgical site infections and describe postoperative and convalescent care strategies for patient monitoring. 

Open to technicians to attend with a veterinarian from their practice.

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Dr. Kenneth Bruecker

Race Approved CE

22.0 Hours



Dr. Kenneth Bruecker


Dr. Bruecker graduated from the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. After one year of general small animal practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Bruecker completed an additional year of clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. He received his master of science degree at the completion of a three year surgical residency at Colorado State University and moved back to Ventura County in 1988 to establish specialty veterinary care. Dr. Bruecker is Founder of the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. Dr. Bruecker has provided regular surgical support for practices in the state of Hawaii since 1996. In 2017, Dr. Bruecker founded COVE (Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education) and is an invited speaker through out the global veterinary community. He is an active participate in working groups on elbow dysplasia, shoulder injuries, advanced techniques in small animal arthroscopy and cranial cruciate ligament repair. He has been an innovator in the development of many new surgical techniques and orthopedic implants. He holds a patent for the first locking Triple Pelvic Osteotomy plate used to treat hip dysplasia. The first Board Certified Surgeon in California to also become Board Certified in Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, Dr. Bruecker's primary clinical interests are spinal surgery, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedics and advanced orthopedics. He is well respected for his expertise in arthroscopy, limb deformity, disorders of the knee, fracture management and disorders of the spine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Wobbler syndrome, treatment of intervertebral disk degeneration, spinal fracture management and orthopedics. Dr. Bruecker is a past program chair of Neurosurgery for The Annual Surgical Summit for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a past program chair for The Annual Surgical Summit for the technician program for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He served as the orthopedics program director for The Annual Surgical Summit of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004 and 2005. He was also program director for orthopedics, pain management and anesthesia for the 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association annual symposium. He is the Co-Chair for the AOVet North America Sports Medicine and Traumatology course in 2019 and 2021. He was the Co-Chair for the AO Vet North America Spinal Surgery Masters Course in 2020 and AO vet North America Surgical Management of Sport Injuries. He is the past program chair for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE) from 2005 through 2018. He is Small Animal Orthopedics Program Chair for the Western Veterinary Conference from 2016 through 2022. He is a past Executive Board Member (2004-2007) and is Past-President (2014-2015) of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. He is a member of the AOVet North America Education Committee and a mentor/coach for new AOVet faculty. Due largely to his commitment to education and training, Dr. Bruecker was chosen as the Veterinarian of the Year by the California Veterinary Medical Association in 2004. The Bruecker family owns and operates avocado and citrus farms in Ventura County. His personal interests are classic cars and a variety of outdoor activities.

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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.