Introduction to TPLO & BONUS Local Nerve Blocks

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June 22nd - 24th 2024

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD value: NSW 23 points
Others 15.5 points
20 AVNAT points


2.5 day workshop

TPLO Surgery Workshop 1

Double pass = vet + nurse registration

To progress in orthopaedics, you want personalised advice from experienced surgeons and theatre nurses. This workshop offers hands-on training in TPLO for the whole veterinary care team. Vets receive detailed instruction in digital TPLO planning and will perform the full procedure at least twice. Theatre nurses train in perioperative care, anaesthesia & analgesia, and duties of the scrubbed-in surgical assistant.

BONUS: all participants will train in ultrasound-guided local nerve block techniques.

Vets: to get the most from this course, you’ll be a registered veterinary surgeon with some experience in orthopaedics. You might already perform simple fracture repairs or stifle stabilisation, and be familiar with basic orthopaedic instruments.

Nurses and techs: this course is suitable if you work in a clinical role in general practice or a referral hospital, or you are ready for career advancement in surgical nursing.


This workshop has been designed for registered veterinarians who are familiar with basic orthopaedic equipment like drills, plates, and wires. If you’ve got experience as an assistant surgeon during TPLOs or you’ve been performing your own basic fracture repairs in practice, this course is perfect as your next step in orthopaedics training. We’ll cover everything you need to get started in TPLO and some of the tricks you’ll need for success. In addition to hours of hands-on surgical practice, you’ll see how the experts manipulate instruments and structure their preoperative care to support each patient.

For nurses and techs, this course is where your everyday preoperative and anaesthesia skills take the leap into orthopaedic nursing. Not only will you attend hands-on sessions on patient preparation and anaesthesia – you’ll also scrub, gown and glove, and be formally introduced to the duties of the orthopaedic surgical assistant.

Our goal is to teach the whole surgical team what you want to know, and what you need to know!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn TPLO from a whole team of educators who are invested in your success. You’ll love meeting our experienced teaching staff, and you’ll enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of our workshops.


Get confident

Get equipped with the theory and skills you need to before you can offer TPLO in practice.

Social network

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

Great food

You’ll be 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 perform procedures in real time, learning the skills with specialist guidance on tap.

Personalised feedback

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

Real-world training

Learn in the same way you work. We give you clinical context & full support so things make sense when you get back to the clinic.

TPLO surgery & case management for veterinary professionals

  • Case management for veterinary surgeons & theatre nurses
  • Surgical planning with digital software
  • Full procedural guidance

We prioritise your hands-on & practical learning

Surgeons will perform not one, but two full TPLO procedures at this workshop, with their own postoperative radiographs, personalised critique and surgical debrief. This course is suitable for vets who have performed lateral stabilisation procedures, basic orthopaedic fracture repairs, or have assisted with TPLO.

Veterinary nurses and technicians have their own dedicated stream. The course covers radiographic positioning, perioperative care, theatre preparation, analgesia, orthopaedic instruments and scrubbing in as a surgical assistant. This course gives you the tools to develop an efficient surgical workflow with patient care as a priority.


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  • Two full TPLO procedures
  • Technical imaging
  • Digital TPLO planning software
  • Local nerve blocks
  • Tips for new players
  • Avoiding & treating TPLO complications
  • Personalised procedural feedback
Nurses & techs
  • Local nerve blocks
  • Radiographic positioning
  • Instrument knowledge & care
  • Infection control
  • Scrubbing in
  • CRIs for pain management
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Complications

Workshop Schedule

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Your Educators

Lead educator

Veterinarian stream

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Nurse & technician stream

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Brian Beale

Dr Brian Beale

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Qualifications: DVM, DACVS, ACVS Fellow Minimally Invasive Surgery - Orthopedics

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Specialisation: Surgery

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Dr Beale graduated from The University of Florida in 1985 and completed his internship in Washington, D.C. followed by a surgical residency at The University of Florida. He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991. Dr Beale was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine prior to joining Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992. Dr Beale is a co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy. Dr Beale currently owns and performs surgery at H-Town Veterinary Specialists (Houston, TX), Nexus Veterinary Specialists (Baltimore, MD and Victoria, TX), Bark City Veterinary Specialists (Park City, UT) and Nexus Veterinary Education.

Dr Fernando

Dr Fernando Martinez Taboada

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Qualifications: DVM CertVA PGCert(Biostats) Dip-ECVAA MRCVS

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Specialisation: Anaesthesia and Analgesia

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Fernando graduated from the University of Madrid. After a period in practice both in Spain and the UK he completed an internship and then a residency in anaesthesia at the University of Bristol. Following this he was clinical anaesthetist at the University of Cambridge and a locum anaesthetist at various referral hospitals in the UK. In 2011, he lead the anaesthesia and analgesia services at North Downs Specialist Referrals and in 2016 at Wear Referrals. Between 2015 and 2016, he was clinical specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Sydney. Fernando has been a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, at the University of Sydney since 2017.

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Rhonda Ponder

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

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Rhonda is the 2023 VNCA Veterinary Nurse/Technician of the year and has worked in the veterinary industry for 18 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.

Supporting tutors

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Dr James Simcock

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Qualifications: BVSc(Hons), MANZCVS (Internal Medicine), DACVS-SA, DECVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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In 2013 James became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. James is registered as a specialist in small animal surgery in Victoria. He is also an internship director and surgical residency advisor for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is actively involved in teaching students and veterinarians and is an instructor and lecturer in veterinary postgraduate education courses in surgery. James is a co-director and owner of Southpaws.

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What our participants say…

“Educational, practical, friendly, encouraging, very positive experience. Enthusiasm +++ Great theory & practical components. Great lineup of educators & great support staff who made all aspects run smoothly. All involved adapted to make everything work and be delivered as advised – great course with the amount of content covered and took questions as the workshop progressed.”

Dr Lynne Falconer (RSPCA Qld)

“Reasonably comprehensive and focussed enough to do the technique. Challenging at times but worthwhile. Provided a variety of information to improve handling of cruciate disease, not just the one technique.”

Dr Richard Bishop (Alice Springs Vet Hospital)

“This TPLO course has been well prepared, presented and executed. The hands-on approach and instructors were terrific – all being very helpful and wanting us to improve our skills and technique. It exceeded my expectations!”

Dr Jason Lenord (Balmain Vet)

“Brian’s instruction is clear, concise and practical. With the lessons from this workshop combined with my background knowledge in orthopedics, I can definitely move forward with confidence in performing TPLOs. Thank you!”

Dr Waylon Wiseman (Greater Springfield Vets)

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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