About AOVET​

AOVET represents a global network of surgeons, scientists and other relevant groups, highly specialized in the field of veterinary surgery of the musculoskeletal system.  The mission of AOVET is to advance the practice of veterinary surgery to improve patient outcomes. Therefore, AOVET serves to promote experimental and clinical research, education and development in the field of veterinary surgery.

AOVET has the following objectives and duties:

  • Friendly exchange of experiences in the field of trauma and orthopedics, in particular close co-operation with colleagues working in the field of human medicine.
  • Establishment of principles for the operative and non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in animals.
  • The world-wide promotion of, and assistance with, courses and other training based on the principles and practice of the AO methods; for veterinarians, veterinary students and nursing staff.
  • Experimental and clinical research in the entire field of fracture treatment and reconstructive surgery of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Maintenance of accurate case records for the purpose of studying outcome


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