Introduction to TPLO Surgery Workshop Dual Stream

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November 29th - December 1st, 2023

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Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus

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CPD value: NSW 23 points
Others 15.5 points

TPLO Surgery Workshop 1

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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.

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.







Realistic clinical training

  • 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



Double pass to a full weekend surgical workshop just $4,500


TPLO surgical technique, local nerve blocks & team-based case management


Your new orthopaedic procedure: it’s time to upgrade to TPLO

Workshop Schedule

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Your Educators

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Veterinarian stream

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Nurse & technician stream

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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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Cindy Grew

Cindy Grew

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Qualifications: Cert IV Vet Nurse, Cert IV TAE

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Cindy is the Marketing & Education Coordinator at VetCare B. Braun Pty Ltd Australia and New Zealand, and is a practicing veterinary nurse with ten years of experience. Previously, she has managed three veterinary hospitals, one of which was a 24-hour emergency clinic.

Within her role at B. Braun, Cindy coordinates workshops, onsite and online training, and engagement with vets and vet nurses.

One of Cindy’s passions is caring for our Australian native wildlife. It was this passion which drove her to become a wildlife carer with WIRES, and head up the wildlife treatment division within the clinic. Cindy’s passion is sharing current skills and techniques with veterinary professionals, and helping them achieve their potential.

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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 Heidi Lehmann

Dr Heidi Lehmann

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Qualifications: BVMS, MANZCVS (VAA & ECC), DACVAA

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Heidi worked in medical research before she completed veterinary school at Murdoch University. After a couple of years in small animal general practice, she undertook a three-year specialty training programme in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and became a board-certified specialist of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

During her training program, Heidi worked on research looking at nociception as detected by electroencephalography of halothane-anaesthetised Bos indicus bulls.

Heidi has worked as a clinical anaesthetist and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Massey University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and she is now a Senior Lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at CSU.

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Dr Jarrod Drew

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Qualifications: BVSc MANZCVS DipECVS

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Jarrod trained at the University of Queensland before undertaking specialist training in small animal surgery at Murdoch University, Western Australia.

He has attained a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, a Dual Masters Degree in Small Animal Surgery, and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons. Jarrod is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Jarrod is passionate about all aspects of surgery with a special interest orthopaedics and neurosurgery.


Dr Margie McEwen

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Qualifications: BVSc DACVAA MANZCVS

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Specialisation: Board certified anaesthesiologist

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Margie is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Many vets and nurses will agree that Margie’s warmth and her willingness to share her clinical and academic experience have been instrumental in their careers. Margie maintains, however, that it was her years in private practice rather than her academic accolades which keep her tuned in to the reality of veterinary medicine. Margie continues to teach anaesthesia and analgesia into VetPrac’s hands-on workshops and online courses, as she continues her mission for lifelong learning.

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.

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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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