Peer-to-Peer Patello-Femoral Joint Summit

June 15 - 16, 2023

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Course Description

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This course is designed for: ACVS Specialists and Residents to discuss, plan and practice corrective osteotomy techniques using the treatment of patellar luxation. It is intended to foster discussion and practical exploration of new innovations in the treatment of patella-femoral (PF) disease and to provide a safe peer-to-peer environment for surgeons wanting to grow their skills and comfort with accepted corrective osteotomy techniques.  

This ACVS Educational Partner course qualifies for Diplomate Maintenance of Certification

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  • Describe the role of static and dynamic constraints in guiding patellar tracking  
  • Describe methods to assess limb alignment that may contribute to patellar mal-tracking 
  • Perform digital planning for corrective femoral osteotomy / ostectomy (CFO) 
  • Perform CFO using your preferred femoral jig 
  • Perform trochlear sulcoplasty using traditional sulcoplasty techniques or newer methods such as SCRT Cylindrical Sulcoplasty 
  • Perform patellar groove replacement using Kyon PGR. 
  • Distinguish stifle rotation from tibial torsion and perform appropriate corrective treatments. 

You’ve treated enough complex patellar luxation / limb deformity cases to know what you don’t know (welcome to the club) and you wouldn’t mind a couple of days with your peers to participate in an exploration of what you and others are doing … or, perhaps, you’ve been reticent to attack these tougher cases until you were more confident in your assessment, planning and execution. Either way, this is the summit where you can feel comfortable because you’re with your peers who can be transparent in what they’ve been doing, what seems to work and what has not … as well as what they’d like to learn.  

This “no attitude” summit is all about learning together and exploring new frontiers.  

You are invited to submit a research or case report/series abstract for presentation during the Free Communications session in the Summit. Once you are registered for the Summit, Abstract Submission Forms and Abstract Submission portal can be accessed from within the course (Go to Account > My Courses).


Small Animal


Dr. Kenneth Bruecker

Dr. Ross H. Palmer

Dr. Jason Bleedorn

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Race Approved CE

15.0 Hours



Course Type


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.

Dr. Ross H. Palmer

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Palmer, a native of Kansas, received his BS and DVM degrees from Kansas State University. He completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He received his small animal surgical residency training and an MS degree (Physiology) from the University of Georgia. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His veterinary career has spanned both academics (Texas A&M and Colorado State University) and private specialty practice (Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay region of California) as a staff surgeon and as a practice owner. Ross is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Colorado State University and the Associate Director of Education at the Translational Medicine Institute. Dr. Palmer seeks to entertain as he educates in order to make learning an enjoyable and memorable experience. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout the USA and the world. He was recently named VMX Speaker of the Year.  He is the founder of the Complete Course on External Skeletal Fixation educating veterinarians from around the world for 25 years. He’s authored > 50 journal articles and book chapters. He is past President of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), editorial board member of Today’s Veterinary Practice, board member of the VOS, World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress, North American Veterinary Conference and the Veterinary Surgery Journal. Ross’ personal passions include international travel, cycling, hiking, fishing, and relaxing with his family in their family’s “off the grid” island cabin in remote northwestern Ontario, Canada

Dr. Jason Bleedorn


Dr. Bleedorn is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who joined the CSU team in 2022. He is passionate about providing high-quality orthopedic care for pets through innovations in research and technology, as well as teaching veterinarians, surgery residents, and students. His clinical and research interests include bone deformity correction, 3D modeling/printing, biomechanics, and arthroscopic surgery. In addition to teaching at CSU, Dr. Bleedorn is an instructor for AOVet, Arthrex, and IMEX continuing education. Dr. Bleedorn’s academic training includes a veterinary degree (University of Illinois), internships (Purdue and Dallas Surgical Center), and residency and M.S. degree (University of Wisconsin). He was on faculty at UW for 10 years prior to moving to Colorado.

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Northern Colorado and the City of Fort Collins offer many great indoor and outdoor activities to explore. For an up-to-date list of activities, visit their website.

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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