Who we are

A global network of surgeons, scientists, and other professionals highly specialized in the field of veterinary surgery of the musculoskeletal system

We advance the practice of veterinary surgery to improve patient outcomes.

This is accomplished by building a network of professionals with common goals and a love of orthopedics and teaching, to share their experiences, their knowledge, and their expertise in a more collegial and collaborative way.

AO VET is one of the four clinical divisions of the AO, the world’s pre-eminent educator in orthopedics.

Learn more about what we do 

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What we do

Explore AO VET's key activities and objectives

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Explore the administrative structure behind AO VET

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Sponsorship opportunities

Want to get involved? Explore all AO VET sponsorship opportunities

"AO VET is a wonderful community of humble experts who are dedicated to helping advance the discipline of orthopaedics by educating the veterinary profession and hence improving surgical planning, surgical knowledge, and consequently surgical outcomes."

Dr Rob Hill, Australia, repeat course participant

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Courses and events

Check the list of courses and educational events in your region

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Membership benefits

Discover the exclusive benefits and educational resources

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Research grants

Funding opportunities for veterinary research projects

Scroll through the AO VET historical timeline


The first 40 years

An in-depth look into  AO VET's history

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