Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA375) Patella Luxation: It Is Not the Patella's Fault

Thursday, March 8
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
MBCC, Mandalay Bay D, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

Understanding what causes a patella to luxate is the first step to understanding what steps are required to successfully treat the condition. This presentation will cover the causes of patella luxation and the diagnostic pitfalls.

Kenneth A. Bruecker

Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education

Dr. Bruecker is Board Certified in Surgery and Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the founder of Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG) and Continuing Orthopedic Veterinary Education (COVE) in California. A 1983 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bruecker worked one year in general small animal practice in San Fernando, then completed an additional year of clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. He received his MS degree at the completion of a three-year surgical residency at Colorado State University and moved back to Ventura County in 1988 to establish specialty veterinary care. Dr. Bruecker's primary clinical interests are spinal surgery, sports medicine/orthopedics and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery. He is well respected for his expertise in arthroscopy, limb deformity, disorders of the knee, fracture management, and disorders of the spine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on wobbler syndrome, treatment of intervertebral disk degeneration, and spinal fracture management. He is an invited speaker throughout the United States, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific on a variety of topics in orthopedics, neurosurgery, and pain management. Dr. Bruecker is a past president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) and Speaker Coordinator for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE). Due largely to his commitment to education and training, Dr. Bruecker was selected as the Veterinarian of the Year for the State of California by the California Veterinary Medical Association in 2004.

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