An Eyeful of the Stifle: Basic Stifle Arthroscopy

August 28 - 30, 2022




  • Date: August 28-30, 2022
  • Venue: Viticus Center, Oquendo Campus | Las Vegas, NV
  • Category: Orthopedic Surgery
  • Enrollment Capacity: 24
  • CE Hours: 20
  • Cost: $2,200


This three day comprehensive course is designed for general practitioners or specialists interested in learning basic techniques for stifle arthroscopic exploration and minimally-invasive techniques for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament disease, meniscal tears, medial patella tracking and collateral ligament tears.

This course will teach techniques using traditional arthrotomy, arthroscopy, and arthroscopic-assisted arthrotomy. Building arthroscopic skills by way of arthroscopic-assisted arthrotomy is a valuable method of rapidly acquiring arthroscopic skills which can help a junior arthroscopist and is easy to learn. This technique involves placement of an arthroscope into a mini-arthrotomy which allows rapid intra-articular assessment including cruciate ligament tears, meniscal tears and other pathology. After the skills are acquired using this technique, the surgeon can progress to traditional arthroscopy.

Arthroscopy is superior to traditional arthrotomy in that it provides better visualization, magnification, and better surgical precision. The course will involve the use of cadavers for all laboratory procedures. The course aims to prepare general practitioners and surgeons to diagnose and treat a variety of intra-articular conditions.

Learning Objectives - An Eyeful of the Stifle: Basic Stifle Arthroscopy

  • Learn basic techniques for stifle arthroscopic exploration.
  • Learn the skill progression through traditional arthrotomy, arthroscopic-assisted arthrotomy, and basic stifle arthroscopy.
  • Learn minimally-invasive techniques for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament tearing and meniscal pathology.
  • Learn an arthroscopic release for treatment of medial patella tracking.
  • Learn basic diagnostic techniques for stifle pathology using non-operative arthroscopy.



Viticus Group’s official lodging partner is Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley. Special lodging discounts are available to participants attending courses at the Viticus Center. Please make these arrangements once you have purchased your course by calling 702.434.4700 and be sure to mention that you are attending a course at the Viticus Center. To make a reservation with our discounted rate, please click here

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley
2800 North Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89014
Toll-free: 702.434.4700


Courtyard Lodging Includes: 

  • Airport Pick up: Available on request, 7 days a week starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p
  • Guests will need to call the hotel upon arrival (702.434.4700) after they pick up their luggage. At that time, we will inform them of the area they will be picked up and we will send the shuttle driver.
  • Airport drop off: All drop-offs are every two hours, starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p. Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior to departing.
  • Shuttle service to Las Vegas Strip: Pickups and drop-offs are outside the Mandalay Bay Tour and Trolley stop.

Drop-off Times:
12:00p, 4:00p, 10:00p

Pick-up Times:
12:30p, 4:30p, 10:30p

  • Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior.
  • Ground transportation to/from hotel and Viticus Center.
  • Be ready at the Courtyard hotel lobby 30 minutes in advance of course start time and board the van for the short ride to the Viticus Center. View Map.
  • Return to the hotel at the end of the instructional day.


Public transportation in Las Vegas is limited. If you are staying somewhere other than our preferred partner, Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport, you will need to arrange for your transportation to and from the Viticus Center. If you are renting a car, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and several other hotels on the strip may charge for parking. Other transportation options for getting around are taxi service, Uber and Lyft.


  1. Scrubs are available upon your arrival if needed.

  2. Closed-toe shoes are required during labs.

  3. A light sweater for indoor areas.

  4. Plenty of sunscreen.

  5. Electronic charging device to power up.

  6. Valid ID - We highly recommend you carry your ID at all times in Las Vegas.


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* Instructors are subject to change

Meet the Instructors

Courtney Campbell



Courtney Campbell

Dr. Courtney Campbell

Dr. Courtney is a veterinary surgeon and a media personality. He has dedicated himself to the field of ‘edutainment’, which is to present complicated information in an inspiring, educational and entertaining way. He has become a prominent figure in the veterinary media landscape having been featured as a guest expert on many daytime talk show programs, the news and digital media projects. He recently won an Excellence in Journalism award at the Global Pet Expo. He currently serves as a small animal specialty surgeon at VetSurg, Ventura. He also serves as the Chief Creative Officer of Vet Candy.


Callie Blackford



Callie Blackford

Dr. Callie Blackford DVM, DACVS-SA was the valedictorian of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2016 and went on to complete her Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at the University of Georgia in 2017. She completed her Small Animal Surgery Residency at the University of Minnesota in 2020. During her residency Dr. Blackford won numerous awards including the First Place Outstanding Surgical Resident Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons two years in a row, the Best Bloomberg Presentation from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and the Veterinary Arthrology Advancement Association resident research award. Her research included the ventral approach for FHNE and creating a new device to help with surgery for medial patellar luxation (SCRT). She is now the owner of Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville, TN where her surgical specialties are orthopedics and minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery.


Stanley Kim

BVSc, MS, Diplomate ACVS


Stanley Kim

Dr. Stanley Kim is Associate Professor in Small Animal Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida. After receiving his veterinary degree in 2003 from the University of Sydney, Dr. Kim completed an internship in small animal medicine andsurgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. In 2010, he completed a combined MS/Small Animal Surgery Residency at the University of Floridaand became an ACVS Board Certified Small Animal Surgeonin 2011. His research interests include cranial cruciate ligament rupture, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, fracture repair, joint replacement and orthopedic biomechanics.


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