Surgical Management of Patellar Luxation

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March 16th - 17th, 2024

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD value: NSW: 25.5
All other states: 16

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Start your orthopaedics training or get specific instruction in medial patellar luxation (MPL) management at this two-day surgical workshop. Our education team will coach you in surgical techniques for MPL correction in both dogs and cats. You’ll perform a tibial crest transposition (TCT) and block recession sulcoplasties, place tension bands and wires and more, with guidance from specialist surgeons who are both active clinicians and who love to teach.

This entry-level course is suitable for registered veterinarians getting started in orthopaedics or those who want to develop their MPL management skills under specialist supervision.

Orthopaedics in veterinary practice

In this workshop, you will watch live surgical demonstrations and learn practical methods to correct MPL from an experienced and fun-loving education team. You’ll plan and perform the steps of patellar surgery in a realistic, case-based order, so it makes sense to you when you’re back in the clinic.

Surgical preparation
// Correct radiographic positioning
// Assessing femoral varus
// How concurrent conditions can make or break your surgery

Vital skills
// Measuring tibial plateau angles (TPAs)
// Evaluating intraarticular structures
// Lateral fascial imbrication
// Managing concurrent MPL & ACL disease
// Instrument handling

Surgical techniques
// Tibial crest transposition (TCT)
// Block recession sulcoplasty
// Option to perform parasaggital patellectomy

A VetPrac workshop is all about YOU

A VetPrac workshop is designed to acknowledge your existing skills and provide you with the right opportunity for advancement. At this workshop, you’ll enjoy 8 hours of hands-on surgical practice with personalised tuition and feedback on your technique. We’ll show you how to handle each instrument and guide you in the technical steps, wherever you need it. Now it’s your turn to surround yourself with experienced surgeons and discover the nuances that can revolutionise your surgical practice.


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You’ll want to establish the basics and springboard off some quality, personalised CPD with professionals who really know what they’re doing.

In this workshop, you will perform several corrective patellar surgeries and receive comprehensive resources to help and inspire you after your course. Because you’ll have hours of hands-on surgical practice, you’ll begin to develop the skills that will help you through technically challenging moments, and for those times ahead when you don’t have a specialist surgeon looking over your shoulder.


This workshop has been designed for registered veterinarians who are new to orthopaedics, or for those who have had limited opportunity to perform orthopaedic surgery. GP vets, interns and residents will all benefit from this course. It’s also a great opportunity for those who specifically want to improve their management of MPL cases. We’ll cover the skills you need to get started, as well as some of the tricks you might have missed if you’re already performing basic orthopaedics in the clinic.

Whether you’re brand new to orthopaedics, you’ve assisted with some orthopaedic surgeries, or you’re already performing simple fracture repairs, this workshop will step you through the foundations you need for MPL correction. You’ll get comprehensive take-home notes and have access to experienced teaching staff including registered specialists and practicing surgeons who actually understand the challenges of life in veterinary practice.

No experience is necessary. Absolute beginners are welcome, and if you’re already involved with orthopaedics, you’ll be taking your surgical skills to the next level.

Don’t miss this opportunity to refine or add surgical management of patellar luxation to your list of surgical procedures. You’ll love meeting our kind and experienced teaching staff, and you’ll enjoy the relaxed and capable atmosphere of our workshops.


Get confident

See, understand and perform a range of surgical techniques that you can use to manage MPL in practice.

Social network

This is your tribe. Spend some quality time working alongside 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 your opportunities to handle instruments and perform procedures with specialist guidance on tap.

Personalised feedback

Get constructive feedback on your surgical technique & refine your approaches throughout the workshop. Start with good habits, & improve with time.

Real-world training

Learn in the same way you work. We’ve set this course up to give you clinical context and full support, so things make sense when you get back to the clinic.


Workshop Schedule

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A two-day workshop & a $3400 CPD investment in orthopaedic surgery skills


Hone the basics of orthopaedics the right way, with personalised feedback & plenty of surgical practice


Expand on the surgical services you offer & look after your MPL patients when you feel comfortable

Your Educators

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Dr Penny Tisdall

Dr Penny Tisdall

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Qualifications: BSc(Vet) BVSc MVetClinStuds FANZCVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Dr Penny Tisdall is a Fellow of the Australian and NZ college of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) and registered specialist in small animal surgery. She has contributed to over 30 published papers on various aspects of surgery.

Penny has teaching experience from undergraduate surgery in the Adelaide DVM course and in postgraduate education to vets and nurses. She has played an active role in the ANZCVS in the surgery chapter examination committee.

Penny is the proud owner of 2 very badly behaved Curly Coated Retrievers and 2 Devon Rex cats, and her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncologic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

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Dr Brenton Chambers

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

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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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 Elizabeth Hoffman

Dr Elizabeth Hoffman

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS

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Elizabeth graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 and after gaining experience in rural mixed practice, she completed two small animal internships.

She obtained membership in small animal surgery with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2018. She has completed a small animal surgery residency at the Animal Referral Hospital in Brisbane and is currently working as a registrar in preparation for fellowship exams.

Elizabeth enjoys all areas of surgery with a special interest in neurologic procedures and fracture repair.

Dr Waylon Wiseman

Dr Waylon Wiseman

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Qualifications: BSc(Hons), DVM, MANZCVS

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Dr Wiseman completed his veterinary studies at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada then spent the next five years in general and emergency practices around Australia.

Waylon is now preparing for board examination through the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2024. While he is experienced in all aspects of surgery, Waylon prefers the challenge of orthopaedics including joint surgery and fracture repair.

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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