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Learning to Heal Bone Fractures in Horses

Practical Course on Osteosynthesis in Horses from October 8 to 11, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 336/2014 from Oct 01, 2014

In collaboration with the AOVET network, the Equine Clinic of Freie Universität Berlin will be holding a practical course on the surgical treatment of bone fractures in horses from October 8 to 11, 2014. AOVET is a member of the Association for Study of Internal Fixation (AO), which for years has been dealing with the fixation of fractures using plates and screws in veterinary and human medicine. Horse surgeons from all over the world are expected to attend the course in the Progressum Veterinarium, a training center for veterinary surgery at the Department of Veterinary Medicine. They will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of bone fractures in horses using screws and plates. There will be practical operation exercises demonstrating how to fix horse fractures that occur frequently by setting implants in horse limbs made of polyurethane. Until recently, a broken leg for a horse usually meant a death sentence because there were hardly any possibilities to fix the fracture. Thanks to improved implants and surgical techniques that have been developed by the AO, it is more often possible to successfully treat adult horses with bone fractures.

Leading horse surgeons from the United States and Europe will look over the students’ shoulders and give them practical advice. The course is fully booked. Media representatives are welcome; however, registration is required. Please send an email to: Through the AOVET network, researchers from all over the world exchange information about the latest findings in terms of fracture treatment in veterinary medicine.

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Prof. Dr. Christoph Lischer, Equine Clinic: Surgery and Radiology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-62299, Email:

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