Veterinarian using medical scissors before a surgery
Veterinarian conducting surgery


Course Overview


DATE: Sunday 3rd November, 2019

The course will take place during the West Indies Veterinary Conference; 9:00AM – 5:30PM; Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Campus, St. Kitts, West Indies. This wet lab is approved by AASVB's RACE for 7 CE hours.

Generously sponsored by Arthrex.

Course description and learning objectives

The practical course is open to small animal practitioners wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in stifle stabilization surgery. The course is generously supported by Arthrex® and will focus on the TightRope™
technique. Participants will complete the following:

  • review radiographic decision-making and stifle anatomy
  • measure the tibial plateau angle
  • practice a medial stifle approach and meniscal release
  • practice the TightRope™ technique
  • review aseptic techniques
  • learn about outcomes and possible complications

Participants are required to attend the pre-wet lab lecture as part of the conference program on Sunday 3rd November, 7.30-8.20am.

Instructor: Kevin P. McAbee, DVM, Dip. DACVS

After spending time as a small animal surgeon in three different specialty hospitals along the Front Range, Dr. McAbee decided to launch Spire Veterinary Surgery in 2015.  Dr. McAbee’s vision for SVS was to be able to provide the highest quality specialty surgery to dogs and cats without those patients and owners having to leave the comfort and trust of their family veterinary practice.

Dr. McAbee considers himself extremely fortunate to be a veterinarian and treats each patient as if they were his own pet.  His experience has led him to understand that each animal is different in their own way and he strives to establish a connection with them, their owners, and their veterinarian to provide the best treatment possible. 

Dr. McAbee has vast experience in all aspects of veterinary surgery including orthopedic, neurologic, and oncologic surgery.  He has advanced training in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery such as arthroscopy and has published and lectured nationally on this topic.  Dr. McAbee has been performing Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies to treat canine cranial cruciate ligament deficiency since 2005 and has performed thousands of these procedures.  In addition to TPLO and other orthopedic procedures, Dr. McAbee enjoys the challenge of oncologic (cancer) surgery and has years of experience in this extremely difficult subset of veterinary surgery.

Dr. McAbee is also a consultant and instructor for Arthrex VetSystems and frequently teaches courses and lectures on stifle surgery to both general practitioners and board certified surgeons around the country and world.

When not performing specialty surgery in local veterinary practices along the Front Range Dr. McAbee enjoys spending time with his family.  He and his wife have three wonderful children, a cat named Herbert, and a Goldendoodle named Posey that keep them busy.

Registration fees

Registration is through the main conference registration. Please click here.

USD500 for WIVC2019 attendees; USD650 for standalone registrants.
Veterinarians taking part in this wet lab are given an exclusive opportunity to bring along their veterinary technician (one LVT/RVT per veterinarian) for training in TightRope™ procedure assisting. This option is complementary and requires advance notification (please email, if you are taking part in this wet lab and would like one of your technicians to take advantage of the RVT/LVT program alongside you).

Limited availability. Transportation and lunch provided.


PO BOX 334
Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies