2021 AO VET Course - Operative Treatment of Veterinary Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction (with animal anatomical specimens)
This course addresses current and newer techniques / innovative concepts of maxillofacial trauma and fracture repair – utilizing techniques that respect the local anatomy (dentition and related structures) as well as maintaining orthopedic first principles of fracture repair. The goal of this course is to provide enhanced background training on dental structures, their physiology and their role in aiding or impeding fracture fixation. Similarly, the advantages / disadvantages of various orthopedic repair techniques and their effects on fracture healing are covered. The indications and methods of each of these differing approaches are complimentary and not mutually exclusive, where selection and successful execution are intertwined. The basis of technique selection plays an important role in minimizing complications and future morbidity, emphasizing the long-term implications to the dental structures and bone associated with injury and / or fixation. Reconstruction techniques in instances of severe trauma (highly comminuted fractures and / or gaps) and oncologic reconstruction also will be addressed. The long-term goals of the course are to provide the attendees with a knowledge-base to critically evaluate different fixation techniques and build confidence and experience with the various methods of fixation. Advanced fixation techniques will also be taught.
Prerequisites for Attendance:
This course is intended primarily for ACVS or AVDC Diplomates, residency program participants, and general practitioners with an advanced interest and expertise in maxillofacial trauma and fracture repair.
Previous participation in an AO VET Small Animal Basic Principles course is highly recommended;
Previous participation in an AO VET Small Animal Advanced Techniques in Fracture Management course also would be beneficial
Enrollment is open to veterinary specialists, residents and practicing veterinarians with a specific interest in maxillofacial trauma and fracture repair