Fixing Fractures

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1 Jun - 29 Jun 2022

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Online Wednesday Nights 7:00pm (WA time)

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CPD Value: 10 CPD points

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This online course has been designed to help general practitioners with decision making for fracture repair.

The vast majority of errors that we see in fracture repair come from poor decision making – adding additional morbidity to the patient and cost to the owners – and the goal of this course is to empower vets to make the correct decisions on how to best manage a fracture.

Join Dr Mark Newman BVSc MVS MANZCVS DipECVS registered specialist in small animal surgery, for an open and honest series on fracture management in small animals, with ample opportunity for Q&A and case discussion.

Whether you’re committed to beginning orthopaedic cases, or building up your knowledge base, this course will inspire and encourage you.

Do you struggle with…

  • Selecting the best option for fracture repair?

  • Applying the physiology of fractures to repair planning?

  • Choosing the right hardware for your case?

What if we told you there’s a live, online forum where you can engage with a friendly, easy-going boarded specialist in small animal surgery?

Join us and Dr Mark Newman for an online fracture course which gives you real context for the approach to fracture repair. Spend five weeks with us for bite sized content to help build your skills and gain traction with fracture fixation. Get involved with how to choose hardware, and how to decide whether reconstruction or bridging is appropriate. You will also have the opportunity to submit a case to Dr Newman to generate real feedback, and for discussion with like minded peers who can learn along with you.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • How bone behaves during damage and repair
  • How to identify risk factors for healing
  • How to select appropriate hardware
  • When to reconstruct and when to bridge
Develop your skills in :
  • Case management from the get-go
  • Practical fracture assessment
  • Planning for anatomical reconstruction
  • Planning for bridge fixation

Course Schedule

Week 1 – Anatomy and physiology of fractures – In this introductory session we review the way bone responds to injury, and how the characteristics of bone healing impact on the success of fracture repair. This week is theory-based, but we’ll spice things up with some fascinating cases, photos, and open discussion of what happens when things go wrong.


  • How bone fractures
  • How bone heals
  • How we influence bone healing
  • Bone healing gone wrong

Week 2 – Anatomy and physiology of implants – This week we focus on orthopaedic hardware. We’ll get right down to the (pun alert!) nuts and bolts of what’s available, and what works.


  • Pins and wire
  • Plates and screws—locking and non-locking
  • Quick word on external fixators, interlocking nails

Week 3 – Decision making – Here’s the nitty-gritty. You have a patient with a fracture, and you want to get in there and fix it. Now what? Fracture assessment tools have evolved, and fracture planning has decidedly technological edge to it. This week we explore the major strategies for fracture stabilisation, and how to establish your treatment choice.


  • Fracture assessment
  • Do I reconstruct it?
  • Do I bridge it?
  • Fracture planning

Week 4 – Anatomic reconstruction – Carpenter or gardener? Keep both options up your sleeve. This session explores reconstructive techniques through real cases. There are plenty of photographs and radiographs this week, collected with teaching cases in mind. All Q&A welcome.


  • Recap: when to reconstruct a fracture
  • Case examples: compression plating, lag screws/cerclage and neutralisation plating, articular fractures
  • A special mention for the short oblique fracture

Week 5 – Bridge fixation – Bridging techniques are used to stabilise fractures where anatomical reconstruction is not achievable. This week features some exceptional images and complex fractures, and a lively discussion on repair options. Most of us don’t have a specialist surgeon on tap – bring your questions, get involved, and share comments with the group. We absolutely welcome you to take the floor and be part of this engaging opportunity.  


  • Recap: when to bridge a fracture
  • Case based: bridge plating, orthogonal plating, plate/rod constructs



$660, five hours


Five one-hour sessions online, 10 CPD points


Start your journey towards orthopaedic services

Your Educators

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Dr Mark Newman

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Qualifications: BVSc MVS MANZCVS DipECVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Dr Mark Newman is a registered specialist in small animal surgery. After an internship in Ireland, several years in general practice, and a surgical residency at the University of Sydney, Mark became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015. Mark spent several years as a lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at Murdoch University and two years in private referral practice in Sydney, before returning to Western Australia.

Mark enjoys teaching the new generation of veterinarians and specialists, and is a faculty member of AOVET. Mark is also an active member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and has been a regular examiner at both the membership and fellowship level.

Mark is particularly interested in fracture repair, joint surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

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Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 14 days after the completion of the course. After 14 days participants will have the opportunity to subscribe each month to continue to have access to the materials.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165

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