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Use of a lateral tibial head buttress plate to repair a tibial fracture in a labrador retriever
  1. K. McGuinness, MVB, MRCVS1,
  2. R. S. Doyle, MVB, CertSAS, DipECVS, MRCVS2 and
  3. M. R. Glyde, BVSc, MACVSc, MVS, DipECVS, MRCVS3
  1. 1 Small Animal Surgery Unit, School of Agriculture, Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
  2. 2 Davies Veterinary Specialists, Manor Farm Business Park, Higham Gobion, Hertfordshire SG5 3HR
  3. 3 Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, South Street, 6150 Murdoch, Australia
  1. E-mail for correspondence: kristinamcguinness{at}


A lateral tibial head buttress plate designed for human beings was used to repair a highly comminuted tibial fracture in a two-year-old male labrador retriever caused by a gunshot wound. The plate was placed in a bridging fashion to provide minimal disruption of the fracture site and minimise surgical time.

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  • Ms McGuinness’ present address is Institute of Comparative Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, 464 Bearsden Road, Bearsden G61 1QH

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