Fixing fractures – basic internal and external fixator training

Key Information

CPD Hours: 12 hours 4 hours for the recorded webinars and 8 hours for the practical day

Course Length: One day

Course Format: Practical sessions using cadaver material and plastic bones, case-based discussions and four hours of recorded webinars to be viewed before the onsite course

Course Programme

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Good progression from bone models to cadavers. Helped with use/understanding of mechanics.

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Instrumentation and types of plates
  • Understanding the principles of internal fixation
  • Preoperative planning
  • Management of the most common complications
  • Types of External fixators and principles of their application
  • Practical experience repairing a range of fractures using plates and screws and external fixators
About this course

Do you want to enhance your clinical practice by tackling some of the more straightforward fractures, but are not confident about how to proceed? This highly practical hands-on course will give you the confidence to take that next step.

This course of recorded webinars will be followed by an all-day practical giving you the opportunity to practise surgical techniques on synbones and cadavers. The webinars will cover the theory, and provide the necessary background for disease diagnosis and technical aspects required for the practical day. The onsite practical part of the course will give you the opportunity to put the theory into practice and develop your surgical skills in both internal fixation using plates and screws and external fixation techniques. The course will focus on the most commonly used plates and the use of lag screws, and the application of different types of linear external skeletal fixators.

Why do this course?
The course would be of interest to any recent graduate looking to develop their confidence in basic fracture repair, as well as veterinarians wishing to refresh their knowledge and understanding of the principles of this fixation technique.

Lecture programme (recorded webinars which will be made available to watch before the practical day):

  • Introduction to fracture healing 
  • Introduction to internal fixation 
  • Implants and biomechanics of internal fixation 
  • Introduction to external fixation
  • Implants and biomechanics of external fixation 
  • Fracture planning
  • Complications of fracture repair

Practical programme:

Internal fixation AM

  1. Placing a positional and lag screw dry lab
  2. Application of a plate and screws in compression dry lab
  3. Humeral condylar model fracture repair
  4. Cadaveric radius and ulna fracture repair with compression plate wet lab
  5. Cadaveric femoral oblique fracture repair with lag screw wet lab

External fixation PM

  1. How to placed an external fixator dry lab
  2. How to augment the biomechanics of the fixator dry lab
  3. Comminuted tibial fracture repair with external fixator
  4. Comminuted humeral fracture repair with external fixator and intramedullary pin


Anna Frykfors von Hekkel, BVetMed(Hons) PGDipVCP MVetMed PGCertVetEd DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Richard Meeson, MA VetMB PhD MVetMed DipECVS PGCertVetEd FHEA FRCVS
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Orthopaedics
The Royal Veterinary College

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