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American College of Veterinary Surgeons popular

Homepage of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

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Veterinary Orthopedic Society popular

Homepage of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society

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British Orthopaedic Veterinary Association

The British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA) aims to provide
* a forum for discussion of veterinary orthopaedics
* educational programmes
* financial support for research
* informed advice to interested parties
* co-operation with other veterinary associations

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European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology

ESVOT is open to any veterinarian or member belonging to an affiliated profession interested in orthopaedics and traumatology.
The objectives of the society are:
- to disseminate the basic principles and advances in veterinary orthopaedics by means of continuing education;
- to coordinate the activities of national autonomous societies;
- to establish close contacts with other organizations which may share mutual interests.

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Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Homepage of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University

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OrthoVet Supersite

Access to papers on veterinary orthopaedic subjects requires registration

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Osteochondritis Dissecans in dogs

Osteochondritis dissecans, commonly known as OCD and osteochondrosis dissecans, is a disease of the cartilage that affects the joints in a dog’s body. In any joint in the body two bones come together and movement is allowed between them. Where the two bones meet, an exceptionally smooth area of cartilage covers their surfaces. This acts as a cushion and protects the underlying bone. If anything disrupts this smooth cartilage surface, movement of the joint becomes painful. In a dog with OCD, this cartilage is damaged or grows abnormally. Instead of being attached to the bone it covers, it separates or cracks, causing great pain. In some cases, small pieces of cartilage break off and float free in the joint. These pieces of cartilage do not die, but rather continue to grow and increase in size. These are known as joint mice. Approximately 15% of all dogs will develop OCD. This article will cover the disease and its treatment and will explore some of the suspected causes.

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Vet Tech

Links to the top US Animal Care degrees and certificate programs. Use the links next to each school to request free information about the programs it offers. If you are considering in enrolling in an online animal care program, please request information from each school that offers the program you are interested in as there are differences between each program that are best explained by the schools themselves.

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