Locking plate technology has transformed the approach to fracture management in small animals. This highly practical workshop will improve your understanding of fracture management and the use of locking plate systems. It is designed for delegates who have a good understanding of the principles of fracture management.

Delegates will spend ample time practising techniques on plastic bones and should finish the course feeling confident in managing fractures with locking plates.

It is intended as an advanced course. Ideally for delegates who have done the principles of fracture management course or who have that level of knowledge.

Key Skills:

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

  • Understand the biomechanics of locking plate technology
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of locking plate versus non locking plate osteosynthesis
  • Be able to practically apply locking plates
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.

Advanced Fracture Management: Locking Plates