This highly practical two-day course is designed to improve your understanding of fracture mechanics and bone healing, and to give you confidence in decision making and applying your surgical skills when presented with a fracture. The emphasis of this course will be on the kind of cases that present on a regular basis in practice.

Both days will include seminars and hands-on cadaver practice.

Key Skills:

At the end of this workshop delegates should be able to:

  • Assess a bone fracture and make an appropriate treatment plan
  • Understand and apply principles relating to bone healing, fracture biomechanics, and intramedullary pinning
  • Know how to avoid and treat complications
  • Use cerclage wiring and small pins
  • Apply bone plates and screws
  • Be comfortable with the soft tissue approaches to common long bone fractures

Damian Chase

European and NZ Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery


Damian is a surgical specialist based at VSG in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a co-founder of Practical CPD. He graduated from Massey University in 1997 and spent a number of years in mixed animal practice before he completed his residency in small animal surgery at Glasgow University. Damian gained the Diploma for the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011.

Damian has a keen interest in all aspects of surgery especially complex fracture fixation and reconstructive surgery. He also enjoys working with wildlife and has operated on a variety of different species such as chimpanzees, giraffes, and seals, including two trips to Cameroon to operate on lowland gorillas.

Fracture Management Wet-lab