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

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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

This course was due to run on Thursday 7th October 2021 however it is with much regret that due to the ongoing pandemic and further implications it has had on the College teaching we will not be able to deliver this course at this time.  We do plan to reschedule in 2022 and once we are able to offer a revised date we will be in contact again. Please register your interest in attending by emailing

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.


Richard Meeson, MA VetMB PhD MVetMed DipECVS PGCertVetEd FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Matthew Pead, BVetMed PhD CertSAO FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedics
The Royal Veterinary College

Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

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