AUGUST 5-11, 2019
CE Hours: 14
Instructors: Drs. Brian Beale, Jay Griffin, and Brian Poteet


About This Course

The WVC Alaskan Cruise provides the opportunity for veterinarians to experience a world-class travel experience while learning practice-ready skills and diagnostic approaches.  The learning environment provides ample instructor and participant interactions in an encouraging and friendly environment. Networking opportunities are endless as you enjoy learning and experiencing the many options available to you on board the ship or in the ports you will visit.

This is a team-taught course with board certified radiologists and a world-renown orthopedic surgeon taking you through cases from start to finish to show how imaging helps develop a plan for orthopedic surgery.  This will be a case-based approach, with practical, instantly applicable knowledge will be provided as well as opportunities for participants to interact with the instructors to get questions answered and increase your knowledge of radiographs, ultrasound, CT and MR imaging and orthopedic repair techniques and procedures.

Who Should Attend

  1. Veterinarians wishing to improve their diagnostic approach and problem solving solutions for orthopedic diseases
  2. Veterinarians who want to optimize and expand their orthopedic practice
  3. Veterinarians wishing to improve their communications with clients when interpreting diagnostic images and creating a treatment plan
  4. Providers who are involved in post-operative care and rehabilitation


  • Arrive to Vancouver, British Columbia – Saturday, Aug 3
  • Cruise departs – Sunday, Aug 4
  • Arrive back to Vancouver, British Columbia – Sunday, Aug 11
  • Category: Diagnostic Imaging & Surgery-Orthopedic
  • Enrollment Capacity: 115
  • CE Hours: 14

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop decision-making skills using diagnostic images to optimize orthopedic surgical approaches and results
  2. Identify indications for using various imaging modalities and how that influences the surgical procedures and prognosis
  3. Learn the common and uncommon causes of orthopedic pain within the shoulder, elbows, carpus, hips, stifles and tarsi and how best to diagnose and treat the underlying causes
  4. Understand when imaging fails to identify a lesion, but your patient is still in pain. What do you do to manage the pain.

Course Cost


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Instructor ...

Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists


Instructor ...

Jay Griffin, DVM, DACVR
Texas A&M


Instructor ...

Brian Poteet, DVM, DACVR
Vital Rads Veterinary Teleradiology Consultants


Course Itinerary



Port Location





Vancouver, British Columbia





Inside Passage (Cruising)





Sitka, Alaska





Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)





Juneau, Alaska





Ketchikan, Alaska





Inside Passage (Cruising)





Vancouver, British Columbia



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Orthopedics ...

Join us as we explore how to identify a lameness, localize it and then try to determine the next steps for managing the lameness. Focusing on the thoracic and pelvic limbs, join Dr. Beale discussing how to determine if the lameness is surgical or medical and then hear practical methods to manage the case.  Our goal gives you the practical information that you can instantly apply to your next lameness case and help diagnose even the most subtle of disease.


  1. Review how to isolate a thoracic or pelvic limb lameness
  2. Improve your ability to identify a lameness and localize it to a limb
  3. How to manage osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease

 Key Points

  • Identification of lameness
  • Management of orthopedic disease
  • Determining cancer compared to degenerative causes for lameness


Radiology ...

Imaging the appendicular skeleton is difficult because of the small bones and overlying structures.  Drs. Griffin and Poteet will provide case presentations and radiographic examples of thoracic and pelvic limb lameness and cases that have been seen and treated to show you the best ways to interpret images, what to look for and how to tell the difference between cancer and degenerative orthopedic disease.


  1. Properly position and evaluate appendicular radiographs
  2. Determine how to interpret abnormalities of the bone and joints
  3. What radiographic views work the best to try to optimize the chance for a diagnosis

Key Points

  • Interpreting abnormalities on radiographs
  • Understanding normal and abnormal anatomy
  • Determining the appropriate tests to maximize the chance to diagnose a lameness.


Team Teaching – Orthopedics and Radiologists ...

No diagnostic test is a stand-alone system and time will be spent with both the orthopedic surgeon and the radiologists discussing how the physical examination findings change the diagnostic imaging plan as well as how the images change the treatment options.  


  1. Understand the synergy of imaging and surgery in diagnosing and treating diseases
  2. Determine the best way to identify, image and treat lameness
  3. Understand the common pathology seen and how radiographs help surgeons determine treatments and prognosis for lameness

Key Points

  • Hear different points of view from the physical exam to imaging interpretation
  • Learn the practical, take-home points of lameness evaluation from presentation to treatment 


Registration ...

2-Step Process:

STEP 1 - Click on the blue “Book Cabin” button below to reserve your accommodations or contact:

Linda Harris
P: 702.720.1880

Rates are per person cruise fares based on double occupancy and include gratuities, taxes, fees, and port expenses. Cabins that hold three, four or five guest are available upon request.


Room reservations must be booked by June 11, 2019. All individual reservations must be guaranteed by one night deposit with a major credit card. Please secure your hotel room before registering for CE to ensure you receive the special rate.

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STEP 2 - Click on the blue button to register for CE portion of your trip.

Earn 14 hours of CE in Diagnostic Imaging & Orthopedic Surgery. Space is limited and expected to sell out.

Cost of CE – $695

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Celebrity Eclipse ...

WVC suggests arriving Saturday, August 3, 2019, and depart Sunday, August 11, 2019. Participants should plan to fly into Vancouver, British Columbia.

Room rates are double occupancy and include gratuities, taxes, fees, and port expenses.

Cabin Options

  • Sky Suite with Veranda: $3,847.62/person
    (choose all three amenities)
  • 1B Deluxe Oceanview with Veranda: $2463.12/person
    (choose two amenities)
  • 1C Deluxe Oceanview with Veranda: $2433.12/person
    (choose two amenities)
  • 07 Oceanview Stateroom: $2373.12/person
  • 11 Inside Stateroom: $1673.12/person

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Extend Your Stay ...

It is highly recommend that you arrive a day before the cruise in case of any unforeseen flight interruptions that would cause you to miss your cruise. Also if you would like to extend your vacation a day or two contact Linda Harris for hotel reservations.

WVC recommends the following hotels

Round trip transportation to and from the ship

Celebrity does offer transfers if you arrive the same day as the sailing or independent transfers can be arranged by request if you are arriving early or leaving later, and taxis are also available.





Monday, August 5

Addressing thoracic limb lameness – from imaging to fixing the shoulder, elbows, and carpi

This team-taught lecture will focus on the interaction and synergy between orthopedics and radiology.  From presentation to diagnosis of thoracic limb lameness, this lecture will including interpreting radiographs and how to localize a lameness and then further evaluate the with imaging to obtain a differential diagnosis.
Drs. Griffin & Beale

10:30-10:45a Break

Addressing pelvic limb lameness – from imaging to fixing the pelvis, stifles and tarsi
This team-taught lecture will focus on the interaction and synergy between orthopedics and radiology.  From presentation to diagnosis of pelvic limb lameness, this lecture will including interpreting radiographs and how to localize a lameness and then further evaluate the with imaging to obtain a differential diagnosis. 
Drs. Griffin & Beale

Imaging and Surgery working together – Cases involving the diagnosis and treatment options for difficult cases
This team-taught lecture will focus on the interaction and synergy between orthopedics and radiology.  Case presentations of thoracic and pelvic limb lameness and including radiographs and how to localize a lameness and then further evaluate the appendicular skeleton with imaging.  Time will be spent talking about treatment and prognosis based on the findings.
Drs. Griffin, Beale & Poteet


Tuesday, August 6

Rest day - Excursions

Wednesday, August 7

Imaging corner – When a lameness is actually neurologic disease: how to tell the difference and what to do about it
This lecture will discuss the difficulties of determining if the lameness you are identified is actually a neurologic disorder and what imaging can be done to help you after your neurolocalize the lesion.
Drs. Griffin, Beale & Poteet


Thursday, August 8

Rest day - Excursions

Friday, August 9

Degenerative joint disease management – how to ease the pain
This lecture will be by the orthopedic surgeon talking about the latest advances and practical tips to treat arthritis and how to manage patients with non-surgical joint disease.  This will be a discussion-based lecture so feel free to bring your questions and discuss various treatments of your difficult orthopedic cases.
Dr. Beale

10:30-10:45a Break

Aggressive and non-aggressive bone lesion – when is a lameness cancer
This lecture will be taught by the radiologists about the subtle changes in bones that help determine if the lesion is really bad arthritis or aggressive indicating osteomyelitis or cancer. A biopsy or aspirate is needed to be sure, but there are some signs on radiographs that you can learn that help you have a stronger index of suspicion.  This will be a discussion-based lecture so feel free to bring your questions and discuss imaging of your difficult orthopedic cases.
Drs. Griffin & Poteet


Saturday, August 10

Orthopedic corner – When to splint and when to cut: how to know the best treatment options
This lecture will showcases and radiographs to allow you to hear the thought process behind the decisions of when to splint or when surgery is needed and how to choose what procedure is the best choice depending on the fracture or lesion.  Through the presentation to the imaging, this roundtable discussion will provide answers to the questions of what to do after you make the diagnosis.
Drs. Griffin, Beale & Poteet

Putting it all together – how to optimize imaging and orthopedics in your practice 
This will be a roundtable wrap up session to allow participants to discuss what they learned over this course and have all their questions answered.  Cases will be revisited and discussions on best practices to make sure that you obtain all the information and confidence you need to take your orthopedic case diagnosis to the next level.
Drs. Griffin, Beale & Poteet

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