Hip & Stifle Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Hip & Stifle Workshop

Hip & Stifle Workshop

Gain confidence to save it with a scalpel.

Hindlimb lameness is a very common problem presented to the general practitioner for treatment. The majority of these cases originate from the hip and stifle joints and many of these problems respond very favourably to surgical treatment.

This workshop is designed to provide a practical refresher on the common problems and treatment for the hip and stifle joints in the dog. This will be delivered as short updates illustrated with case studies followed with a hands-on laboratory session on cadavers.

The objective of the workshop is to provide the experienced practitioner with the confidence to begin extending surgical treatment options for clients, and the recent graduate with the technical skills to begin with the more common surgical procedures on the hip and stifle joints.

"The Hip and Stifle workshop was a fantastic hands on experience to gain confidence in doing basic orthopedics. Wing Tip Wong was an engaging teacher with plenty of tips and tricks!"

Alex Kennedy

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this course -

  • Participants will appreciate and understand the common surgical techniques employed for the hip and stifle in general practice.
  • Participants will have practised common surgical procedures in the hip joint.
  • Participants will have practised common surgical procedures in the stifle joint.


The CVE will provide a cadaver (one per two participants), battery-powered drills, K-wires, cerclage wires, fabellotibial prosthesis, toggle pin, drill bits, fine hacksaw blades, sutures, scalpel blades and gloves.

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

Equipment Requirements

Please bring scrubs or suitable protective clothing and footwear for the workshop.

Please also bring the equipment listed below so that you get the most benefit from the day and have the right equipment for the procedures in the future. 

Failure to bring these instruments may impede your ability to participate in the practical sessions.​

1.  Protective clothing

2.  Basic surgical kit which includes:

  • #3 and #4 scalpel handle
  • Toothed tissue forceps (Adson, Brown-Adson or Semkin)
  • Mayo scissors
  • Mayo-Hegar needle holder
  • Several Halsted and Kelly haemostatic forceps

3.  Special orthopaedic instruments which include:

  • Jacob’s chuck and key
  • Modular osteotome set with 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 20mm changeable blades
  • Mallet
  • Rongeur
  • Senn retractor pair
  • Periosteal elevator (AO style sharp square-ended 6mm wide)
  • Hohmann retractor (mini 8mm short tip)
  • Size 4 or 5 Spratt bone curettes
  • Pair of deep hand‑held retractors (Army-Navy
  • or Langenbeck with 13mm wide blade)
  • Flat bone rasp

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 Surgical Approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog, which is available to workshop participants at a discounted price of $55.  Please call for this special rate - (02) 9351 7979.

Otherwise the DVD or digital movie can be purchased through the Vetbookshop. (Note: Discount will not apply)

Limited places remaining


Monday 17 February 2020
8.30 - 5.30
Early Bird
22 December 2019
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive,
Camperdown NSW



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 from the University in 2014. He is currently a visiting orthopaedic surgeon to various practices around Melbourne and also mentors at several clinics. He continues to run hip and stifle and basic bone plating workshops for the CVE. He is a passionate educator and a long-standing co-tutor in the CVE Surgery DE course. 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$1718
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members


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