TPLO Surgery Workshop

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18th February to 20th February 2022

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Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus

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CDP Value: NSW: 23 CPD points
Other states: 15.5 CPD points
VetEd: 23 points

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The Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy requires skills in orthopaedic surgery to achieve good healing and better ranges of locomotion. It is the only technique unanimously recommended for dogs with steep tibial plateau angles, and the best technique for dogs with conformation problems. This workshop offers hands-on training by masters of the technique and will optimise clinical outcomes for your patients. It also includes how to manage patella luxation with TPLO. Participants in this workshop must submit a case log of stifle surgeries to qualify for attendance. Registrations are strictly limited and early registrations are highly recommended.

Do you struggle with…

  • The never ending options for stifle surgery?
  • Poor post-op recovery rates?
  • Correcting conformation with your TPLO surgery?

What if you could learn the gold standard stifle surgery and have better patient outcomes and longevity because of it?

The best things learnt are whilst your hands are doing the surgery, and with our dry bone and wetlab practicals, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your confidence and skills. You will learn and do everything you need to know about how to plan, approach, execute and evaluate your TPLO. With specialist educators there to help you by your patient’s side, you can continue to enhance your technique as you’ll be doing another TPLO surgery on day two. If you have been doing stifle surgeries and are ready for TPLOs, join us at this highly anticipated workshop.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Stifle biomechanics
  • TPLO – Indications and rationale
  • TPLO- Planning
  • Clinical Case Discussions
Develop your skills in :
  • TPLO Technique and Tricks
  • Avoiding TPLO Complications
  • Treating TPLO Complications
  • Confirmation correction techniques (TTT)
  • Post-Operative Management

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With the skills you gain at a VetPrac course, you can dramatically increase your income.


If the TPLO procedure you’ve learned bills for $4000, with just one procedure you will have paid for the course that helped you gain that skill.


Plus, you may be able to claim some or all of the cost as professional development or a tax deduction.

Your Educators

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Brian Beale

Dr Brian Beale

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Qualifications: DVM, DACVS

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Specialisation: Surgery

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Brian 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 a co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy.

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Dr James Simcock

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 for a veterinary of post graduate education courses in surgery. James is a co-director and owner of Southpaws alongside Dr. Charles Kuntz.

Dr John Punke

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Qualifications: DVM MS DACVS-SA DECVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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After immigrating to Australia in 2011, John worked at SA veterinary referrals and then at Perth Animal Surgery before joining the team at Adelaide Animal Emergency & Referral Centre in 2016. Whilst enjoying the challenges of open orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries, John also has advanced training in minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. Professionally, John’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping fellow veterinarians and pet owners keep pets healthy and happy.

Professor Kenneth Johnson

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Qualifications: MVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ECVS, FACVSc

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Professor Kenneth Johnson is a veterinary graduate of the University of Sydney where he also obtained a Masters and PhD degrees. He completed residency training in surgery at Colorado State University, and then worked in academia as an orthopaedic specialist in the USA, UK and Australia. He has specialist qualifications in surgery as a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Surgery, as well as being a Fellow of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

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 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 come?

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.

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 if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

If a workshop is postponed, cannot run or you are unable to attend due to borders closing, or travel restrictions, you can do one of the following:

1. Attend the workshop's new date
2. Transfer your registration to another workshop or course
3. Leave your registration as a credit for a future VetPrac workshop
4. Receive a refund

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

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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