TPLO Next Level

June 27nd - 28th, 2024

University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

CPD points: NSW 23 points
Others 15.5 points

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This course provides a comprehensive skills extension for registered veterinary surgeons already performing TPLO. You will perform an initial TPLO and receive personalised feedback on your surgical technique and a full postoperative radiographic debrief. Advanced strategies follow, including how to deal with excessive tibial plateau angle (eTPA), concurrent MPL and limb deformity, as well as TPLO for small and toy breeds. Finally, you’ll perform a TPLO revision surgery in the face of a postoperative proximal tibial fracture.


Prerequisites apply: read below to check your eligibility


This workshop is a strictly limited opportunity for registered veterinarians who are committed to orthopaedic surgery. Participants from general practice, referral surgery, emergency and residency programs are all welcome. Upon registration, you will be asked to share details about your experience including your:

  1. Completion of a hands-on basic fracture repair course
  2. Completion of a hands-on TPLO surgery course
  3. Clinical experience in CCL repair, MPL repair and meniscal treatment
  4. Surgical experience with 50+ TPLOs
  5. Current clinical role where you are actively performing TPLO as primary or assistant surgeon.

This is the perfect follow-on course for vets who have completed our introductory TPLO workshop and have since been performing TPLO in practice.

If you’re not sure about whether this course is right for you, please get in touch and we can chat about your experience. Email us at [email protected].

You already know that performing TPLO early improves outcomes and reduces complications, even when you’re only dealing with a partial tear. This hands-on workshop is designed to build on what you’ve learnt from experience, and give you detailed, personalised feedback on your surgical technique. This is an advanced-level course where you will have the opportunity to ask for help in tricky areas, refine your approach, and develop your next-level orthopaedic skills. You’ll have access to proven specialist educators who will show you how to approach complex cases of cruciate ligament disease, and you will perform your own revision surgery so you get first-hand experience in dealing with surgical complications. If you’re serious about orthopaedics and you are driven to perform elegant, accurate work every time you cut, this course is for you. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to move your surgery to the next level and focus on your orthopaedic surgery development.


Get confident

Move beyond the basics, show your commitment to orthopaedics & learn with confidence from our team of specialist surgeons.

Social network

This is your tribe. Connect with people who understand what you do each day & extend your professional network.

Great food

We’ll make sure you’re nourished with healthy food, sweet treats & caffeine, so you can get on with your surgical training.

Hands on experience

It’s all about time on the tools. We give you the time to practice specific surgical techniques & full surgical procedures, with specialist guidance on tap.

Personalised feedback

There’s always room for improvement. Get personalised surgical feedback from specialist surgeons, including a full radiographic critique of your work.

Real world training

Learn in the same way you work. You’ll get clinical context & full procedural support so you can move forward as soon as you get back to the clinic.


  • TPLO with concomitant patellar luxation
  • TPLO with tibial deformity
  • TPLO with excessive tibial plateau angle
  • TPLO in toy & small-breed dogs
  • TPLO revision surgery for a postoperative proximal tibial fracture


This is where you come to learn the tips and tricks that are hard to find or difficult to understand in the literature or on surgery blogs and forums. As a participant at our TPLO Next Level workshop, you will spend most of the course in surgery. With four specialist surgeons onsite, you’ll get going sooner with advanced TPLO cases.

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  • Diagnosing a partial tear in the early stages
  • Pre-empt possible complications & how to manage them with clients
  • Intraoperative joint assessment
  • Intraoperative assessment of rotational instability
  • Intraoperative assessment of alignment, screw direction & length
  • Postoperative radiographs: deciding what is acceptable, even if it’s not perfect
  • Postoperative radiographs: what needs immediate revision
  • Identify when your TPLO is no longer routine


  • Technique modifications to achieve better results & avoid complications
  • Addressing instability at surgery, rather than later (internal brace, anti-rotational suture)
  • Get optimal alignment of plate on bone
  • Retracting the patella tendon
  • How to manage a difficult rotation
  • How to manage a large buttress


Part of TPLO surgery is avoiding mistakes, pre-empting complications, and managing complications. As a surgeon with more advanced skills, you may find yourself revising your own surgery, or a case from another surgeon. You might also be asked for a second opinion, or to provide referral.

  • How erroneous D1, D2 & D3 measurements can impact your surgery
  • What happens when you blindly perform a TPLO too close to the TT
  • Why going too low is an avoidable mistake
  • Dealing with residual postoperative instability
  • Dealing with suboptimal postoperative function
  • TPLO revision surgery
  • Dealing with a postoperative proximal tibial fracture

Your clinical experience will have prepared you for this section of the workshop. With our education team, you’ll see how to revise and manage TPLO complications in practice and you’ll actually perform your own revision surgery as part of the course.

Workshop Schedule

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2 days and just $3,650 towards your orthopaedic surgery development.


TPLO surgical extension for complex cases in practice & surgical revision options.


Extend your surgical repertoire & be ready for cases that your competitors can’t manage.

Your Educators

Brian Beale

Dr Brian Beale

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

Specialisation: Surgery

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.

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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.

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Dr James Simcock

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

Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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.

Dr Waylon Wiseman

Dr Waylon Wiseman

Qualifications: BSc(Hons), DVM, MANZCVS

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.

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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)



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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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