Bone Plating Surgery Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Bone Plating Surgery Workshop

Bone Plating Workshop

Improve your skills in treating bone fractures.

Open reduction and internal fixation of fractures using bone plates and screws is a common and effective modality of treatment for fracture management in small animal practice.

This workshop is designed to allow participants to use and appreciate the instruments employed to correctly and effectively apply bone plates and screws for simple fracture fixation in long bones. Principles of bone plating and screw application will be revised over a series of lectures with case studies used to highlight these principles. This will be followed with a practical session where participants will practice surgical approaches to the femur, tibia, humerus, and radius on a cadaver. Simple fractures will be created and all participants will have the opportunity to apply a compression and a neutralisation plate.

Past Participant

"A thoroughly enjoyable and informative workshop which has given me a new skill set to refine in our practice. I look forward to more in the future."

Tom Osmond, Townsville Vet Clinic


The CVE will provide a battery-powered drill, plate benders, gloves and implants for the exercises in the laboratory sessions.

Catering (lunch, morning and afternoon tea) and workshop notes are also provided.

What to bring

We require you to bring all of the instruments listed below so that you learn with the best tools for the job and will be ready to go as soon as you return to your practice.

1.  Protective clothing

2.  Surgical kit containing:

  • Scalpel and scissors

  • Adson tissue forceps

  • Senn retractor

  • Periosteal elevator

  • Hohmann retractor

3.  Plating kit which should contain:

  • 2.0mm, 2.7mm, 2.5mm and 3.5mm drill bits

  • 2.7mm and 3.5mm taps and tap handle

  • 2.5mm hexagonal screw driver for 2.7/3.5mm cortex screws

  • 2.7/3.5 depth gauge

  • 2.7/3.5mm countersink

  • Load/neutral drill guides for 2.7mm and 3.5mm plates

  • Combination drill, tap and insert sleeve for 2.7mm AND 3.5mm cortex screws

  • 1 x small curved serrated reduction forceps

  • 1 x small pointed fragment forceps

4.  Highly Recommended: A stainless steel lidded box to contain your  instruments for steam sterilisation.

5.  Radiographs from two cases for discussion of long bone fractures you have encountered or treated.

Note: Plating is a technically exact procedure and having the correct instruments is imperative.

Some suppliers will supply these instruments as a package.

Recommended prep

This workshop is hands-on and very intensive. To help you prepare, we will send you the workshop notes in advance. To further assist with preparation for this workshop, we also recommend you purchase and watch Wing Tip’s DVDs:

Surgical Approaches to the Bones & Joints of the Dog, and

A Practical Guide to Basic Bone Plating both available to workshop participants at a discounted price of $55.

You can purchase this DVD at the special rate over the phone on (02) 9351 7979 or by filling out the form in the program above.

Limited places remaining


Sunday 25 March 2018
8.40 - 17.30
Early Bird
10 February 2018
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW


DVM MVS MACVSc (Surgery)

Wing Tip Wong has spent most of his professional career as a clinician and teacher. He worked for several years in private practice in Malaysia and returned to the University of Melbourne in 1988 to work at the Veterinary Clinic and Hospital. From 1999 he spent 14 months as staff surgeon in private referral practice. He then returned to The University of Melbourne to become a consultant surgeon (orthopaedics and neurosurgery) in the Veterinary Clinic and Hospital as well as senior fellow in the Department of Veterinary Science until his retirement in 2014. He is currently a consultant surgeon to various practices around Melbourne and continues to run hip and stifle and basic bone plating workshops for the CVE. He is passionate educator and a long-standing co-tutor in the CVE Surgery DE course with Guy Yates. He has produced two outstanding DVDs for the CVE - A Practical Guide to Basic Bone Plating and Surgical Approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog, which are used by veterinarians around the world and have been translated into Japanese and Chinese.

Course Fees

Member typeEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMemberN/A$1636
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members

CVE workshops are suited to practitioners and graduates with 2+ years’ experience. This workshop is not open to student registrations. For any enquiries please contact the CVE on +61 2 93517979 or email


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Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.