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.

Sponsored by


    TITLE:  Brinker, Piermattei, and Flo’s Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair 

    AUTHOR:  De Camp, D.E., Johnston, S ., Dejardin, L. M., & Schaefer, S.L.

    ISBN:  9781437723649 (pbk)

    1437723640 (pbk.) 

    EDITION: 5th ed

    Publisher: Elsevier, St. Louis, Mo: 2016


    TITLE:  Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal Expert Consult (Two volume set).

    AUTHOR: Johnston SA and Tobias KM

    ISBN: 9780323320658 (hbk.)

    EDITION: 2nd ed

    PUBLISHER: Elsevier, Saunders 2017


    TITLE Small animal surgery

    AUTHOR: Forrum, T.W

    ISBN: 9780323443449


    EDITION: 5th ed

    PUBLISHER: Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2019

    NOTES: These textbooks are recommended for this paper.  You may wish to purchase a personal copy. As an enrolled student you will have access to the ebook format of the current (5th) edition of Brinker, Piermattei, and Flo and the previous editions of the other texts so you can get a feel for each textbook.

    Contact workshop (contact course)

    In 2019 the contact workshop for Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery will run alongside those for the Canine and Feline Neurology and Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice courses.

    Contact Course Information

    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*

    For more information on delivery and cost please visit the Massey University course site

    Enrolments open 1 October 2018
    Course start 15 July 2019
    Exam period 10 - 15 February 2020
    Course end 15 February 2020

    *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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