Advances in Diagnostics and Treatment for Stifle Conditions

This seminar will explore both traditional and novel diagnostic methods for stifle injury. The stifle diagnostics discussed are designed to better plan for and implement treatments associated with various stifle conditions in veterinary orthopedic surgery. The lectures will explore strategies for a more confident diagnosis, tools to think more critically when approaching stifle conditions, and application of these concepts to improve stifle surgery.


Laura E. Peycke, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal), DACVSMR will facilitate the following presentations:

  • Samuel Franklin, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery: Osteochondral Allografting for Stifle Re-Surfacing
  • Caleb C. Hudson, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal): Choosing Between Stifle Arthroscopy and Arthrotomy: What Do We Really Know?, Second-Look Arthroscopy: Innovation or Unnecessary?
  • Sean M. Murphy, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal): Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment of Meniscal Injuries
  • Kurt S. Schulz, DVM, MS, DACVS, Fellow, MIS Orthopedics: Economics and Efficacy of Needle Arthroscopy in Clinical Stifle Disease

CE Credit

RACE Program #20-1104628 is approved for 2.50 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE). However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. RACE is approved through September 14, 2025.

Registration Rates

Registration Rates
ACVS/ECVS Diplomate/Emeritus Diplomate $95
ACVS/ECVS Resident 45
Veterinary/Other Professional 125
Student/Intern/Technician 65


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Samuel Franklin

Kansas City Canine Orthopedics

Dr. Franklin completed his DVM at Colorado State University and his surgical residency and PhD at the University of Missouri. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He spent several years as an assistant professor at the University of Georgia before joining Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab in 2018. His research is focused on the assessment of biological therapies for treating osteoarthritis and cartilage defects in dogs. Additional areas of clinical interest and research investigation include noninvasive imaging of the musculoskeletal system (MRI, ultrasonography, needle arthroscopy) and a focus on arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Caleb C. Hudson, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)

Small Animal Surgeon

Nexus Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Hudson is a native of Louisiana. He attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri. After receiving his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2007, he moved to Gainesville, FL, to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Hudson stayed at the University of Florida to complete a small animal surgery residency and a master’s program. After completing his residency, Dr. Hudson spent a year as faculty at the University of Florida. In 2013, he moved to Houston, TX, and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where he worked for 9 years. For the past year Dr. Hudson has worked for Nexus Veterinary Specialists in Victoria, TX. His special interests include total joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. In his free time, Dr. Hudson enjoys rock climbing and distance running.

Sean M. Murphy, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)


WestVet Animal Emergency & Specialty Center

Dr. Murphy is a practicing surgeon at WestVet Specialty and Emergency Center in Boise, ID. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007 after completing a residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked in Boise since this time and his clinical interests include orthopedics and minimally invasive surgery.

Laura Peycke, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal), DACVSMR (Moderator)

Clinical Professor

Texas A&M University

Dr. Peycke is a clinical professor whose appointment at TAMU CVM is focused on participating as a board-certified small animal surgeon and sports medicine and rehabilitation clinician in the department of veterinary clinical sciences. Her primary focus is clinical surgery service and teaching. Her teaching responsibilities include course coordination, lecturing, laboratory instruction (1st – 3rd year veterinary students), and clinical rotation supervision (4th year veterinary students and house officers) in the discipline of small animal surgery. Her interests include teaching all facets of surgical theory and technical skills. She is also the ACVS program director overseeing surgical resident activity and training. Her clinical rotation commitment includes covering the orthopedic surgery service. She has a passion for organizing and participating in any and all education events pertaining to surgery and improvement of patient musculoskeletal health. Her research interests primarily include clinical research collaborative support of others’ projects and support of house officer projects.

Kurt S. Schulz, DVM, MS, DACVS, Fellow, MIS Orthopedics

Ethos Veterinary Health


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20 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  18/20 points to pass
20 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  18/20 points to pass
2.50 credits  |  Certificate available
2.50 credits  |  Certificate available