Introduction to the knee

Course Content

  • Diagnosis of common stifle pathology
  • Approach to the stifle joint
  • Safe inspection and treatment of meniscal injury
  • Extracapsular repair of cruciate ligament rupture, including practical lateral suture and OrthoZip sessions
  • Surgical treatment of patella luxation in the first opinion practice

Course Agenda

For veterinary surgeons aiming to develop a firm understanding of the knee and surgical treatment options available for the stifle. NVS are pleased to offer a practical course on the Introduction to the knee. The course will introduce delegates to the principles of case selection, planning and performing of cruciate repair utilising both lateral suture and Orthozip. It will also cover patella luxation, meniscus injury and correct use of joint taps. This course allows participants to experience the procedures on cadavers, in a practical environment.

Key Learning Objectives

Candidates will be able to diagnose common stifle problems encounted in first opinion practice and as a result confidently discuss treatment options with their clients. Surgeons can then perform appropriate surgical repairs in line with their diagnosis.

Dr John Mather
MA VetMB PGCertSAS MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery.

John Graduated in 2008 from Cambridge University. Having started out life in a busy small animal hospital in Oxfordshire, John moved to the South West with his wife Laura. In 2012 he took the role of primary surgeon at a local hospital practice, before he and his wife, Laura, bought their own practice in Torbay in 2014. He completed his certificate in surgery in December 2014, and was awarded Advanced Practitioner Status in 2015.


A certificate will be provided at the event

Each session carries an 8 hour CPD award

How to book
Call Jacob Shutt on 01782 771100


Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy

Course Content

Cranial cruciate ligament disease and options for management

  • Principles of TPLO
  • Planning TPLO from radiographs
  • Practical exercises performed on both plastic bone models and cadavers 
  • Complications and aftercare
  • Post operative evaluation of TPLO

Course Agenda

NVS are pleased to offer a practical course on Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy. The course will introduce delegates to the principles
of case selection, planning and performing TPLO and allows participants to experience the procedure on plastic bone models and
cadavers. The course is presented by Alasdair Frost, a leading and experienced surgeon in small animal orthopaedics.

Key Learning Objectives

This practical course will detail the theory and principles underpinning Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy surgery, whilst introducing delegates to the exciting benefits that the Libertylock TPLO V2 implants offer. The course is aimed at vets with an intermediate level of orthopaedic experience, looking to undertake TPLO procedures.

Alasdair Ossian Frost

Alasdair Frost Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2003. After 3 years in mixed
practice he decided small animal surgery was where his passion lay. He joined Fitzpatrick
Referrals in 2007as an intern where his passion for orthopaedics was stimulated. In 2008 he moved to Hong Kong and joined Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic as a General Surgeon, where he expanded his experience in orthopaedics, soft tissue and spinal surgery. The interest in angular limb deformity cases and miniature patients allowed for a very interesting case load. In September 2011 Alasdair received the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (Cert SAS). Alasdair went on to found Hong Kong Referral in 2012, a peripatetic surgical service to Hong Kong Island and the New Teritories. 

Alasdair moved back to the UK in 2014 where he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at Wear Referrals in County Durham from 2014 until April 2018, for a time, single handedly managing the case load of a busy multi-disciplinary hospital. During his time at Wear Referrals Alasdair further developed his interest in miniature patients and angular limb deformity cases.

Alasdair Currently runs a peripatetic surgical service covering the North East of England working closely with Vet Partners.

Tree of Life For Animals announced as Animal Star Awards 2018 finalist

Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) has been chosen as one of the five finalists in this year’s Animal Star Awards. TOLFA have been shortlisted as finalists in the ‘UK Charity of the Year’ Category from a selection process that saw over 500 hundred nominations. The awards ‘give recognition to animals and humans alike for the amazing things that they do for each other’.

Says founder Mary Burgess: “I created the awards to give recognition to those that truly deserve it for their work with animals, and also to give animals recognition for the things they do for humans. We can’t wait to celebrate with the amazing TOLFA animal charity at the ceremony.”

The Animal Star Awards were started in 2016. They also support various charities including All Dogs Matter & IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals).
The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 3rd November at the Mandolay Hotel, Guildford. The judging panel includes chairman of the Badger Trust Dominic Dyer, Lisa Baldock MBE & IAPWA founder Nicky Stevens and other industry experts.

To learn more about the Animal Star Awards and to buy tickets visit

To find out more about TOLFA visit