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Annual Scientific Meeting, July 6-8 2023, Cracow, Poland

Small Animal Programme

The main part of the Small Animal programme will consist of three streams: The orthopaedic stream features sessions on minimal invasive fracture repair and catastrophic trauma. Well-known speakers will expand on different aspects of surgical shoulder disorders and share cutting edge knowledge on 3D printing. Further, a panel of orthopaedic surgeons has been invited to Cracow to share the “cases, that they hate to talk about” in an interactive format with us.

In soft tissue surgery, a combined session with the VSSO will focus on feline oncologic surgery, practical aspects of tumor histopathology and oncological challenges in the cranium. The general soft tissue surgery stream will deal with BOAS, hiatic hernias, biliary surgery and gallbladder mucoceles. Experts will discuss challenging skin reconstruction cases from the audience in an interactive format.

The neurosurgical session will focus on spinal trauma.

The detailed Small Animal scientific programme can be found > here. The programme is continuously being updated.


Abstract submission is now closed and the abstracts are undergoing blind review. The list of accepted abstracts will be communicated to all submitting authors in March 2023.

Please note: All presenters of an accepted abstract or poster are required to register and pay for the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Pre-congress courses

Note for Residents: All Residents will receive a 25% discount on pre-congress lab fees. The discount is automatically deducted upon registration.

An attractive pre-congress course programme is again available:

Wednesday, 5 July 2023:

Thursday, 6 July 2023:

Lunch-time sessions

Friday's and Saturday's lunch time sessions again offer the opportunity to meet and discuss with internationally recognised experts. The Meet the Expert sessions are open for registration via our registration portal. The registration fee is € 85,- per session.

Accessible for on-site delegates only.

Friday, 7 July

  • Ignacio Calvo: Cranial cruciate ligament disease - Surgical treatment decisions and handling of complications
  • Bryden Stanley: Wound/skin reconstruction - planning, execution and management with case examples
  • Jane Ladlow: Upper airway lesion sites - what do we know?

Saturday, 8 July

  • Antonio Pozzi: Practical tips for minimally invasive articular fracture fixation
  • Bill Oxley: CAD-based planning, patient-specific guides, and custom implant integration - thinking outside the rectangular cuboid
  • Sarah Boston: Preparing for large resections
  • Colin Driver: Disc-associated wobbler syndrome - a patient-specific approach
  • Dominique Griffon: Publishing in Veterinary Surgery - tips and tricks (open lecture, no registration required, free of charge)

For Residents (open lecture, no registration required, free of charge):

  • Friday, 7 July, 13:15-13:45: Information session for Residents and Supervisors, Credentials / Grants / Exam

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