Introduction to Orthopaedics: Fracture Fixation Dual Stream

November 30th - December 1st 2024

University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus

CPD points: Vet NSW: 24
Vet others: 16

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This weekend workshop is the ideal practical companion to our wildly popular online course, Fixing Fractures On Demand.

If you’re ready to pick up the drill and repair your first fractures, this two-day entry-level orthopaedics course is exactly what you need. Start your orthopaedic development the right way, from handling equipment to full procedural guidance and into postoperative care.

This course is available to any registered veterinarian who is inspired to start orthopaedics, PLUS a nurse or tech from the same clinic. Everyone is welcome from general practice, referral hospitals, internship programs and emergency clinics.

No orthopaedic experience is necessary.


This workshop has been designed for veterinary teams who don’t necessarily have access to orthopaedic surgical training, but who are interested in developing their orthopaedic skills with expert tuition from the very beginning. Previous candidates have been emergency vets, experienced veterinarians ready to branch out into orthopaedics, and recent graduates looking to develop their careers with a strong surgical focus.

We’re now opening up registrations to include the nurses and techs who manage the perioperative duties, so you can get your team on the same page.

Regardless of your background, this workshop will step participants through the equipment, planning, approaches and procedures with a firm emphasis on practical learning. No experience is necessary, and we welcome participants from all practices, even if you don’t have a strong orthopaedics focus already. Don’t miss this opportunity to get started in orthopaedics with the right kind of support. You’ll love meeting our kind and experienced teaching staff, and you’ll enjoy the relaxed and capable atmosphere of our workshops.


Get confident

Get equipped with the theory and skills you need to start your journey towards orthopaedic services.

Social network

This is your tribe. Spend some quality time with people who understand what you do each day.

Great food

We’ll make sure you’re nourished with healthy food, sweet treats & caffeine, so you can get on with learning new skills.

Hands on experience

It’s all about time on the tools. We prioritise procedures & surgical practice so you have time to see the skills & do the skills with specialist guidance.

Personalised feedback

As a participant, you’ll get real-time feedback on your surgical or nursing techniques & the chance to refine your approach with experienced practitioners.

Real-world training

Learn in the same way you work. Work together, learn together. We give you clinical context & full support so things make sense when you get back to the clinic.
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Vets will perform all of these procedures

    • Compression plate repair of a transverse radial fracture
    • Independent lag screw & neutralisation plate repair – oblique tibial fracture
    • K-wire and tension band for tibial tuberosity transposition (TTT)
    • Plate/rod repair – comminuted femoral fracture

Nurses & technicians

Nurses & techs will get hands-on training
  • Triage
  • Fracture stabilisation
  • Instrument knowledge & care
  • Infection control
  • Patient prep for orthopaedic procedures
  • Scrubbing in
  • CRIs for pain management
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Complications
  • Dressings & postoperative care

Take this opportunity for vets, nurses & techs

Join VetPrac and our group of brilliant, personable educators for a fully-catered weekend of fracture management. Surgeons will repair four different fractures each at this workshop, with personalised critique and surgical debrief. This course is suitable for vets who would like to commence orthopaedics. No previous fracture fixation experience is necessary. Vets will review cases, interpret radiographs, plan repairs and handle a range of orthopaedic equipment and implants. The best part? After interactive demonstrations, every veterinary surgeon will get to fix fractures in this workshop.

Veterinary nurses and technicians have their own dedicated stream. This part of the workshop is designed by high-qualified surgical nurses and covers perioperative nursing care specific to orthopaedics, including theatre preparation, analgesia, orthopaedic instruments and scrubbing in as a surgical assistant. This course gives nurses and techs the tools to develop an efficient surgical workflow with patient care as a priority.

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General orthopaedic skills

Clinical context to help you thrive
  • 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
Hands-on skills for the win
  • Selecting appropriate orthopaedic hardware & implants
  • Handling & operation of orthopaedic instruments
  • Gentle tissue handling for fracture repair
  • Fracture alignment & fixation
  • Placing orthopaedic implants
  • Surgical closure

Workshop Schedule

FINAL Dual stream schedule Intro to Ortho Nov 2024



$3,900 CPD investment & one weekend of hands-on training


Invaluable learning opportunity with personalised feedback


Start your journey towards orthopaedic services in your clinic

Your Educators

Lead educators Veterinarian stream
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Dr Brenton Chambers

Qualifications: BVSc(Hons), MVSc, FANZCVS Small Animal Surgery

Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

Dr Chambers graduated in 1994 from the University of Queensland, and spent his early career in general and emergency practice. He became a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery in 2013. Brenton works in specialist referral practice at the Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) in Melbourne, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. Brenton is an experienced educator and says the fine nuance of surgical procedures are learned from doing and watching others. He reminds all vets to keep in touch and support each other.


Dr Julian Lunn

Qualifications: BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery and Small Animal Medicine), MVetClinStud (Neurology)

Julian has worked at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) in Qld and Animal Referral and Emergency Centre (AREC) in NSW. He has also been a clinician and teacher at the University of Sydney, James Cook University and the University of Queensland.

He has memberships in both small animal medicine and small animal surgery and completed his surgical residency in 2007 with time at Murdoch University and Colorado State University. He also has a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies.

Julian has experience in all areas of surgery from cardiothoracic, oncology and vascular to orthopaedic, neurological and trauma. He is a passionate teacher and is keen to share real-world surgery with both undergraduate students and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.

Lead educator Nurse & technician stream

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Rhonda Ponder

Qualifications: RVN, AVN, DipVN(GP), DipVN(Surgery)

Rhonda is the 2023 VNCA Veterinary Nurse/Technician of the year and has worked in the veterinary industry for 20 years. She has a certificate IV in vet nursing and not one, but two nursing diplomas. Rhonda was one of the first nurses in Australia to become an AVNAT Registered Veterinary Nurse, and she is passionate about gold standard veterinary care. She is a firm believer that there is always something new to learn in this industry, and actively seeks that new knowledge whenever she can.

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x 3 monthly payments of $1335

Your Questions Answered

Are group discounts available?

Absolutely! Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and the workshop is complete.

What kind of learning materials are included?

Generally, you can choose printed course notes, a digital copy on USB, or both. Everyone gets a printed copy of the procedure guide.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?
  • Transferring or changing registration from one workshop to another will incur a $50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made up to 45 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the Fee.
  • Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course are not refundable.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes! At VetPrac we are pleased to offer payment plans for our online courses and workshops. We want to make it manageable for you to invest in your professional development.

For more information regarding our payment plans, please do not hesitate to contact Ros at [email protected].

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, we will refund your course fees in full. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you.

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