Orthopaedic Surgical Nursing

Orthopaedic Surgical Nursing


Professional Development Course

AVNAT Registration Points: 5


Intermediate Level: This course is useful for those with at least a few years of clinical experience, and those more experienced nurses wanting to expand their knowledge in orthopaedic nursing.

Embark on a specialized journey into orthopaedic surgical nursing with our comprehensive course, tailored specifically for veterinary nurses. This program covers essential aspects of orthopaedic surgery, from the intricate details of orthopaedic instrumentation to the complexities of fracture classification and bone grafting. Dive into the world of implants and internal fixation, learning about the various types and applications of implants, and master the use of external fixation devices, vital for treating specific bone injuries.

Gain expertise in a range of specialised procedures such as stifle surgical techniques, hip and elbow dysplasia corrective procedures, and understand the critical processes behind amputation and limb-sparing surgeries. Explore the surgical management of joint diseases, including arthrodesis for joint stabilisation, and delve into the techniques for correcting orthopaedic abnormalities. The course also includes an in-depth look at arthroscopy, a minimally invasive technique increasingly used in joint treatment.

This course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of orthopaedic exams, from pre-operative assessments to post-operative care, ensuring you are well-equipped to assist in various orthopaedic surgeries. By the end of this program, you will have gained a deep understanding of orthopaedic surgical nursing, making you an invaluable asset to any veterinary surgical team. Enrol now to enhance your skills and advance your career in this specialised field of veterinary medicine.


The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 5 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.

What topics will we cover?

  • TOPIC 1 – Orthopaedic Instrumentation
  • TOPIC 2 – Fracture Classification
  • TOPIC 3 – Implants & Internal Fixation
  • TOPIC 4 – External Fixation
  • TOPIC 5 – Stifle Procedures
  • TOPIC 6 – Bone Grafting
  • TOPIC 7 – Amputation & Limb Sparing
  • TOPIC 8 – Joint Disease & Arthrodesis
  • TOPIC 9 – Correcting Orthopaedic Abnormalities
  • TOPIC 10 – Arthroscopy
  • TOPIC 11 – Orthopaedic Exams


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