Veterinarians join CityU’s course on equine fracture management

Mavis Wong

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Nearly 40 veterinarians learned about new developments in equine orthopaedic surgery at a clinical course organised at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) from 24 to 27 March.
The course titled “Advanced Techniques in Equine Fracture Management” was co-organised by CityU’s School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), The Hong Kong Jockey Club and AOVET, a global network for veterinarians.
Well-known experts in equine orthopaedics and traumatology shared their experience in fracture treatment through lectures, discussions, and hands-on laboratory sessions over the four days.
The participants, who were veterinarians from Australia, India, Japan, Taiwan and mainland China, among others, studied current and state-of-the art concepts in fracture treatment and management, including the use of the different plates and internal fixators, the diagnosis and management of physeal and metaphyseal fractures, the use of interlocking nails in upper long bone fracture treatment, and the use of computer-assisted surgery, among others. The group case discussions and hands-on practical exercises deepened the overall learning experience.
Dr Christopher Riggs, Adjunct Professor of SVM and Co-Chairperson of the course, said that the course had opened pathways for veterinarians in the Asia-Pacific region to take home challenging surgical cases. It had also inspired people to keep stretching themselves, such as looking for ways to improve treatment for animal- and fixing-fracture implants.
It was a valuable opportunity to bring together a group of professionals from various countries to inspire, influence and encourage each other to improve the profession, Dr Riggs said.

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