118.763 Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery (15 credit)

Lecturer: Wendy Baltzer DVM PhD  Diplomate ACVS Diplomate ACVSMR

Join Wendy for an in-depth study of orthopedic surgery. Canine and Feline Orthopedics is a taught distance course offered in Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine Programme (MVM).

What will you learn?

On this course you'll learn:

  • evaluation techniques for orthopedic patients including gait analysis and physical examination
  • problem-oriented approach to diagnostic testing for common orthopedic diseases
  • how to integrate historical data, examination and imaging findings with other pertinent test results to arrive at a prioritized list of differential diagnoses
  • about the pathophysiology,  prognosis and treatment options for common orthopedic conditions
  • to comfortably perform selected orthopedic repair techniques.

How the course works

Orthopaedics is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the orthpaedics course include:  lecturer authored study guide, problem-based exercises and the contact course supported by SECUROS.

With the MVM programme you have the flexibility to study when and where you want and the support of the MVM team to gain an internationally-recognised veterinary qualification that will help you in your practice every day.

Your lecturer

Wendy is currently Associate Professor in small animal surgery the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994, completed an internship at Cornell and spent four years in emergency practice before specialising in small animal surgery and joining the staff at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Wendy has a special interest in sporting and working dog medicine as well as rehabilitation of small animals and holds Certification for Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). In 2013 she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation - canine specialty.

Wendy’s role includes surgical teaching, clinical work and development of the sports medicine and rehabilitation service. Her research interests include: oxidant stress and injury in sporting dogs, bone healing using omental grafting, tendon and ligament injury and healing in dogs, osteoarthritis, and elbow collateral ligament dysfunction in elbow dysplasia.

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Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • Self-assessed activities
  • Electronic library access
  • 3 day workshop (attendance highly recommended): face to face or an online option for some sessions

Learning community

  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Online test
  • 2 written assignments
  • Paper-based exam in a centre near you


Course requirements

  • Internet access
  • Textbooks (recommended):
    • Brinker, Piermattei, and Flo’s Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair 4th Ed. Piermattei DL, Flo GL and DeCamp CE (Eds.) Elsevier, St. Louis MO. ISBN:978-0-7216-9214-2
      Note: This textbook is recommended for this course. You may wish to purchase a personal copy but while you are enrolled as a Massey student it is available online via the Library.
    • Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, edited by Tobias KM, Johnston SA. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, c2012

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2018 are NZ$6550. Hover over the fee to view it in your currency. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZD$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.




This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 150 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Contact workshop (contact course)

In 2017 the contact workshop for Canine and Feline Orthopaedic Surgery will run alongside those for the Canine and Feline Neurology and Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice courses.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record  these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2016
Course start 17 July 2017
Exam period 13 - 18 February 2018
Course end 18 February 2018

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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