Surgical Management of Stifle Injuries in Cats

Small Animal

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Recorded on: 11th January 2024


Sebastian Knell   Dr.med.vet., DECVS - University of Zurich, Switzerland
Sorrel Langley-Hobbs   MA, BVetMed, DSAS(Ortho), DECVS, FHEA, FRCVS - University of Bristol, UK
Karen Perry   BVM&S, MRCVS, CertSAS, DECVS, MSC.Vet.Ed - Michigan State University, USA                                             


Eva Schnabl-Feichter   Dr.Med.Vet., DECVS - Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria



An international panel of world-renowned experts in the field of feline orthopaedics will be discussing and debating feline stifle injuries consisting of ligamentous injuries (cruciate disease & rupture of multiple ligaments), patellar luxations and other stifle injuries.  With cats not equivalent to small dogs, different aetiologies need to be taken into account.  However, could certain stifle injuries be treated similarly to equivalent problems in canine patients?

The panel will furthermore address Patellar Fracture & Dental Anomaly Syndrome (PADS) and discuss critically how to differentiate it from a traumatic patellar fracture and how to best treat it.

As part of this interactive exchange panelists will share many useful tips & tricks and attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences with the group. 

Eva Schnabl-Feichter studied Veterinary Medicine at the Veterinary University in Vienna and qualified in 2002. After her studies she worked in private practice in England for one year. During her stay in England she finished her doctoral thesis about Tibial plateau angle measurements in Cats. In 2003 Eva started an internship and completed a residency in small animal surgery under the supervision of Ulrike Matis and Roberto Köstlin at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich/Germany. In 2010 she became a Diplomate ECVS and worked between 2010 and 2013 with Günter Schwarz at the Tierklinik Hollabrunn as senior surgeon. In 2013 she returned to the Veterinary University in Vienna/Austria to be team leader in small animal orthopaedics and traumatology. Additionally she started in 2020 to do research about bio-resorbable implants at the medical university hospital. 

Eva has recently been promoted to full professor and is now the Head of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.  She is a member of VOS and ESVOT. She is lecturer for ESAVS and Improve international. Her research interest focuses on traumatology, cranial cruciate disease and feline orthopaedics. 

Karen Perry graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2005. Following a short period in mixed practice, she completed an internship in small animal orthopedics and neurosurgery at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey prior to undertaking a residency in small animal surgery back at the R(D)SVS. Following completion of this in 2010 and achievement of ECVS status in 2011, she joined the Royal Veterinary College, London as a lecturer in small animal orthopedics.

Following four years there she moved to Michigan State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Orthopedics. She has published widely in the veterinary literature with her main research interests being feline orthopaedics, traumatology and the correction of limb deformities associated with medial patellar luxation.    

Sebastian qualified from the University of Giessen, Germany in 2002 and went on to perform a rotating internship and a surgical internship at the University of Vienna, Austria. Afterwards he did his residency in Small Animal Surgery (surgical specialisation) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012. 

Following his residency, he worked as a senior clinician at the University of Zurich in Small Animal Surgery. In 2020 he left the University and worked as a senior surgeon in the Tierklinik Aarau West in Switzerland. 

In 2021 he finished his PhD at GCB in Bern about Pathomechanisms in Wobblers Disease. Sebastian joined the faculty team of the Small Animal Clinic at the University of Zurich in 2021 and works in small animal orthopaedics. He also became the head of the clinical infrastructure of the clinic for small animal surgery. Sebastian continued working in Aarau West part time. 

Sebastian has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals and lectures regularly at national and international courses/conferences on small animal orthopaedics. He is currently finishing his habilitation about feline traumatology. 

Sorrel graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. She then spent three years in private practice where she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics. She then returned to the RVC where she undertook a three-year residency in Small Animal Orthopaedics.

She gained her RCVS diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1997 and then spent six months as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to take up a post as University Surgeon at Cambridge University Veterinary School. She gained her ECVS diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 1999 and became a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She was appointed Chair in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery in 2013 at the University of Bristol.

She is interested in all aspects of small animal orthopaedic surgery with particular interests in fracture repair, cruciate disease and hip replacement. She also has a particular interest in feline orthopaedics and she has published widely in this field and is frequently invited to lecture on feline orthopaedics both in this country and abroad. She has co-edited a textbook on Feline Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Disease and a partner textbook on Feline Soft Tissue & General Surgery.

Sorrel is heavily involved in undergraduate and post graduate veterinary surgery teaching. Clinical research interests include feline patella fractures and feline cruciate disease.  In September 2019 Sorrel became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for her outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession. 

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