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Two year programme

Small Animal Surgery

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

The most in-depth and practical modular small animal surgery programme with an easy route to progress to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Our Small Animal Surgery PgC programme has been designed to be spread over two years culminating in a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam at the end, ensuring you are well positioned to pass and no viva exams. Our programme has recently been updated to give even more practical experience in orthopaedics and more relevancy to the general practitioner.

This programme divides into a soft-tissue component in year one and an orthopaedic/spinal component in year two. 

Transform your practice life by gaining recognised qualifications:

By attending the full structured taught programme and following successful assessment you can gain the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) from Harper Adams University (HAU). 

  • The Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits towards the 180 required for a Masters degree in the UK or 30 ECTS credits (Europe).
  • On successful attainment you will also be awarded the GPCert(SAS) and a personalised certificate and your name will be included in the ISVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders
  • RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status
    After completing your Postgraduate Certificate you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) and Masters degree (MSc)

By continuing your learning journey with us, your PgC may also be used towards a GPAdvCert, PgD or a Masters degree. These qualifications will enable you to expand your knowledge and further demonstrate your skills, while obtaining academic recognition. 

Attendance on the taught modules is typically once monthly on a weekday between 2 pm and 8 pm however, where there are case-based discussion webinars or practical sessions these times may vary.

You will have the opportunity to practise a wide variety of the surgical procedures you want to perfect in a wet-lab environment. Click to find out more about the practical components

The programme comprises fourteen taught modules and EIGHT practical modules in our wet lab facilities where you get the chance to practise surgical procedures in a true clinical setting. You will spend time reviewing the surgical procedures by way of brief presentations and where appropriate, video presentations You will spend the majority of the allotted time practising these procedures.

All practical sessions take place at our purpose-built practical facilities in Swindon and Sheffield.

Practical Learning Objectives:

At the end of the practical sessions, you should be able to:

  • Outline the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of the patient
  • Understand the principles of surgical planning
  • Apply principles of surgical planning to selected cases
  • Understand the possible surgical complications that may arise following each of the procedures
  • Perform the listed procedures in a wet-lab environment
  • Demonstrate the listed procedures to a colleague or the specialist speaker
  • Evaluate your own surgical skills and recognise your limitations with respect to some of the above procedures
  • Recognise when to seek assistance from a colleague or referral institution

Inclusive learning support

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The Improve International Manual of Small Animal Surgery Vol 1 Soft Tissue Surgery and Vol 2 Orthopaedics

Support from our Surgery Course Director Dr Hannes Bergmann who will be on hand to oversee course content and act as a specialist advisor to delegates

A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts

Access to our learning management system operated through Moodle providing a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including webinars

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A dedicated Programme Tutor who will support every individual during their PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey

Our New Sheffield Practical Training Centre

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 6 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
6 Oct 2020
20 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Swindon
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Lee Meakin, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Hatfield
Start date: 7 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
7 Oct 2020
27 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Hatfield
Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 1 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
1 Oct 2020
13 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Sheffield
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jon Hall, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Lee Meakin, Neil Burton, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT


What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

If coming from a non-European country – how would face to face module attendance work?
What is a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)?
What is the criteria for enrolment?
Over what time period can I take the taught modules?
Are Improve’s Postgraduate Certificates academically equivalent to the RCVS CertAVP and other postgraduate certificates?
I have previously achieved a GPCert. Can I use this towards a PgC?
Is my practice suitable for studying towards a postgraduate certificate?
Where are the taught programmes held?
How are Improve’s PgC programmes different to other providers?
How many hours will I spend on my certificate?
How will I be assessed?
What resources will be available to support me through the PgC?
Will Improve’s PgCs enable me to apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status?
How can I fit a modular CPD programme into my busy life?
I want to register on a modular course but I may be away for some of the modules. Does this mean I will miss out?

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 6 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
6 Oct 2020
20 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Swindon
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Lee Meakin, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Hatfield
Start date: 7 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
7 Oct 2020
27 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Hatfield
Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 1 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
1 Oct 2020
13 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Sheffield
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jon Hall, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Lee Meakin, Neil Burton, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 1 October 2020

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
1 Oct 2020 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Revise asepsis, sterilisation and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases
  • Expand your knowledge of instrumentation and instrument handling
  • Become more familiar with the uses of suture, needles, staples and clips
  • Understand the principles of wound healing and how this applies to your clinical cases
  • Re-visit the principles of wound management and get up-to-date with what is available now


Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
6 Nov 2020 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the surgical approaches to salivary gland disease
  • Consider oesophageal disease and when surgery may be appropriate
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy: there is more to surgery of the stomach than just GDV
  • Advance your knowledge of small intestinal disease and how your decision-making can reduce complications
  • Review and revise ruptures and hernias


Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
9 Dec 2020 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Improve your knowledge of large intestinal surgery and the differences between cats and dogs
  • Familiarise yourself with surgical approaches to the rectum and anus
  • Explore the options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Review biliary tract surgery – anatomy and surgical options
  • Consolidate your knowledge of pancreatic surgery
  • Splenectomy – does it need removing and if so, which technique and what are the alternatives to removal?


Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery
15 Jan 2021 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop your skills in managing renal surgery
  • Extend your knowledge of obstructive diseases of the urinary tract from ureters to urethra to enhance your day-to-day management of urolithiasis
  • Improve your awareness of the myriad of surgical options for urinary incontinence that are available now including colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders
  • Advance your familiarity of surgery of the male reproductive system – from prostatic omentalisation to penile and preputial procedures
  • Extend the range of procedures you can offer for the female reproductive system beyond ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy


Speaker: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Reconstructive Skin Surgery Practical Session
18 Feb 2021 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Wound closure
    • Increase your options for skin reconstruction through tension relieving techniques
  • Pedicle flaps
    • Become braver with pedicle flaps: advancement, rotational and transposition to help close the larger or trickier defects
  • Muscle and omental flaps
    • Develop your familiarity with using muscle in defects by practising the external abdominal oblique muscle flap
    • Become familiar with the role of omental transposition in wound healing
  • Skin grafts
    • Understand skin grafts: full thickness and stamp and how to maximise their chances of success

Speaker: Jon Hall MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS SFHEA FRCVS
Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery – Practical Session
19 Feb 2021 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Oesophageal foreign bodies
    • Maximise good outcomes for oesophageal foreign bodies by minimising the risks and complications through appropriate knowledge of anatomy, surgical technique and peri-operative care
  • Gastric dilation volvulus
    • Investigate which gastropexy you might choose
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy
    • Perform a ureteronephrectomy for when the whole kidney needs removing
    • Develop your familiarity with partial nephrectomy for saving every precious nephron
    • Investigate possible indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy
    • Practise urethrostomies at a variety of anatomical locations so you can select the right one for your patient

Speaker: Jon Hall MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS SFHEA FRCVS
Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery
5 Mar 2021 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Become secure doing surgery of the lips, cheeks and tongue
  • Improve your approach to surgical treatment of palatal abnormalities
  • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy: when and where to cut
  • Become more familiar with pharyngeal surgery and your options for tonsillar surgery
  • Make a considered choice for your patients between lateral wall resection, vertical canal ablation, ventral bulla osteotomy and total canal ablation/lateral bulla osteotomy
  • Revise the options for surgical treatment of aural haematoma


Speaker: Lee Meakin MA MRes PhD VetMB DipECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
22 Apr 2021 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise conditions of the nasal planum of the young and old to guide you when to operate
  • The nasal sinuses – when does surgical access become necessary?
  • Brachycephalic airway disease – a myriad of abnormalities
  • Perfect your knowledge of the larynx to allow you to successfully treat a wide variety of surgical conditions – paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Familiarise yourself with tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia


Speaker: Kate Forster MA VetMB CertSAS Dip ECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
7 May 2021 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your approach to peritonitis by going into the detail of the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • By the end of this module you will have discovered the thrills of thoracic surgery and maybe even have answered some big questions:
    • Big dog / little dog: who wins?
    • Thoracostomy for pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax – which tube?
    • Thoracotomy – which side and which rib space?
    • Lung Lobectomy – how many lobes can you take?
    • PDA – is this still a surgical condition?
    • Pericardectomy – how much should you take?
    • PRAA – why does a regurgitating patient need a thoracotomy?
    • Chylothorax – can you find the thoracic duct?
    • Chest wall diseases – how far can you advance the diaphragm?

Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Surgical Oncology
8 Jun 2021 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the underlying principles of oncologic surgery to inform your surgical approaches to the most common tumours seen in practice
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on all the treatment options for mast cell tumours
  • Become comfortable with maxillectomy and mandibulectomy so you can approach oral tumours with more confidence
  • Familiarise yourself with gastrointestinal tumours so you can optimise your patient’s outcome
  • Recognise the differences between dogs and cats by learning about feline-specific tumours

Speaker: Pieter Nelissen DVM CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
15 Jul 2021 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key Learning Objectives:

Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy

Explore the anatomy of the external ear canal

Choose and practise how to use your instruments

Identify top tips to avoid complications intraoperatively and post-operatively

Ventral bulla osteotomy

Revise the approach to the bulla

Identify which surgical methods maximize your success

Thyroid surgery

Thyroidectomy in the dog for carcinoma can be an exercise in dissection – become more familiar with potential pitfalls

Thyroidectomy in the cat is a common procedure in small animal practice – minimise complications by improving your technique

Unilateral arytenoid lateralisation

These cases can decompensate suddenly – ensure your knowledge of the surgical anatomy is perfected during this wet lab.


Speaker: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
16 Jul 2021 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key Learning Objectives:

Thoracotomy

A successful thoracotomy is all in the planning : pre-operative assessment and preparation, intra-operative anatomy and surgical technique and post-operative care all work together to optimise outcomes

Lung lobectomy

Partial and complete lobectomy: choosing which technique to perform and reducing the risk of air leakage post-operatively

Pericardectomy

Understand the pros and cons of subtotal and total pericardectomy

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)

These young patients require careful pre-operative management, controlled anaesthesia, precise surgical anatomical knowledge and technique, as well as appropriate post-operative care.


Speaker: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
16 Sep 2021 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Revise the conditions of the elbow including luxations, IOHC, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders

Speaker: Richard Meeson MA, Vet MB, MVetMed, DipECVS, PGCVE, FHEA, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
22 Oct 2021 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of the myriad of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate
  • Consider alternative causes of stifle dysfunction than the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Revise the underlying causes of patellar luxation when choosing a surgical approach
  • Perfect your knowledge of hock anatomy and the conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Review the conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia & luxation and familiarise yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb - Practical Session
30 Nov 2021 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key learning objectives:

  • Shoulder Joint
    • Revise the surgical approaches to the joint and perform a bicipital tenotomy
  • Elbow Joint
    • Elbow dysplasia is a widespread and complex disease – review which surgical approaches to the joint are most appropriate for your individual cases
  • Carpus
    • Sometimes a salvage procedure is the only option – meticulous technique will enhance your ability to perform carpal arthrodesis

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb - Practical Session
1 Dec 2021 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key learning objectives:

  • Hip joint
    • Sometimes the best option is to perform a femoral head and neck ostectomy and good technique should allow a quick return to weight bearing
  • Stifle joint I
    • Extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament disease can still be a valid treatment provided you prioritise thorough meniscal inspection
  • Stifle joint II
    • Surgical correction of a luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition will benefit many of your small dog patients
  • Tarsus
    • Arthrodesis of the hock can be the only option – choose whether to perform a partial or pantarsal arthrodesis


Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Fracture Repair I
5 Jan 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform the initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Be familiar with the descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Apply the principles of fracture repair and decision making in fracture repair to your cases
  • Appreciate the variety of methods available for fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

Speaker: Neil Burton BVSc DSAS(Orth) CertSAS PGCert(TLHE) FHEA MRCVS
Fracture Repair II
3 Feb 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Be familiar with the options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Describe the stabilisation of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

Speaker: Neil Burton BVSc DSAS(Orth) CertSAS PGCert(TLHE) FHEA MRCVS
Internal Fixation - Practical Session
29 Mar 2022 | Sheffield

During this practical session you will perform the following procedures:
Key learning objectives:

  • Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair using a bone plate and screws
  • Humeral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws
  • Femoral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws

Speaker: Neil Burton BVSc DSAS(Orth) CertSAS PGCert(TLHE) FHEA MRCVS
External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session
30 Mar 2022 | Sheffield

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key learning objectives:

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Familiarise yourself with the pins, bars and clamps
  • Tibial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type II linear frame
  • Comminuted Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type Ib linear frame

Speaker: Neil Burton BVSc DSAS(Orth) CertSAS PGCert(TLHE) FHEA MRCVS
Spinal Surgery I
10 May 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localisation to your spinal cases via a systematic neurological examination and its’ interpretation
  • Understand the application of neurodiagnostics
  • Appreciate the approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Be familiar with the clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Spinal Surgery II
11 May 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the surgical options for spinal surgery according to site
  • Cervical spine
    • Ventral slot procedure
  • Thoracolumbar spine
    • Hemilaminectomy
  • Lumbosacral spine
    • Dorsal laminectomy
  • CSF tap and Myelography
    • Identify the appropriate landmarks for acquiring CSF samples and obtaining diagnostic myelograms

Observe a demonstration of the above procedures performed by the speaker in the wet lab.


Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 1 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
1 Oct 2020
13 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Sheffield
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jon Hall, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Lee Meakin, Neil Burton, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 6 October 2020

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative Techniques and Wound Healing
6 Oct 2020 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise asepsis, sterilisation and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases
  • Expand your knowledge of instrumentation and instrument handling
  • Become more familiar with the uses of suture, needles,staples and clips
  • Understand the principles of wound healing and how this applies to your clinical cases
  • Re-visit the principles of wound management and get up-to-date with what is available now


Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
9 Nov 2020 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Become familiar with the surgical approaches to salivary gland disease
  • Consider oesophageal disease and when surgery may be appropriate
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy: there is more to surgery of the stomach than just GDV
  • Advance your knowledge of small intestinal disease and how your decision-making can reduce complications
  • Review and revise ruptures and hernias


Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
11 Dec 2020 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your knowledge of large intestinal surgery and the differences between cats and dogs
  • Familiarise yourself with surgical approaches to the rectum and anus
  • Explore the options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Review biliary tract surgery – anatomy and surgical options
  • Consolidate your knowledge of pancreatic surgery
  • Splenectomy – does it need removing and if so, which technique and what are the alternatives to removal?

Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery
13 Jan 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your skills in managing renal surgery
  • Extend your knowledge of obstructive diseases of the urinary tract from ureters to urethra to enhance your day-to-day management of urolithiasis
  • Improve your awareness of the myriad of surgical options for urinary incontinence that are available now including colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders
  • Advance your familiarity of surgery of the male reproductive system – from prostatic omentalisation to penile and preputial procedures
  • Extend the range of procedures you can offer for the female reproductive system beyond ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy

Speaker: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Reconstructive Skin Surgery - Practical Session
9 Feb 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Wound closure
    • Increase your options for skin reconstruction through tension relieving techniques
  • Pedicle flaps
    • Become braver with pedicle flaps: advancement, rotational and transposition to help close the larger or trickier defects
  • Muscle and omental flaps
    • Develop your familiarity with using muscle in defects by practising the external abdominal oblique muscle flap
    • Become familiar with the role of omental transposition in wound healing
  • Skin grafts
    • Understand skin grafts: full thickness and stamp and how to maximise their chances of success

Speaker: Alison Moores BVSc(Hons) CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery – Practical Session
10 Feb 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Oesophageal foreign bodies
    • Maximise good outcomes for oesophageal foreign bodies by minimising the risks and complications through appropriate knowledge of anatomy, surgical technique and peri-operative care
  • Gastric dilation volvulus
    • Investigate which gastropexy you might choose
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy
    • Perform a ureteronephrectomy for when the whole kidney needs removing
    • Develop your familiarity with partial nephrectomy for saving every precious nephron
    • Investigate possible indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy
    • Practise urethrostomies at a variety of anatomical locations so you can select the right one for your patient

Speaker: Alison Moores BVSc(Hons) CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural Surgery
9 Mar 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Become secure doing surgery of the lips, cheeks and tongue
  • Improve your approach to surgical treatment of palatal abnormalities
  • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy: when and where to cut
  • Become more familiar with pharyngeal surgery and your options for tonsillar surgery
  • Make a considered choice for your patients between lateral wall resection, vertical canal ablation, ventral bulla osteotomy and total canal ablation/lateral bulla osteotomy
  • Revise the options for surgical treatment of aural haematoma


Speaker: Lee Meakin MA MRes PhD VetMB DipECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
20 Apr 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise conditions of the nasal planum of the young and old to guide you when to operate
  • The nasal sinuses – when does surgical access become necessary?
  • Brachycephalic airway disease – a myriad of abnormalities
  • Perfect your knowledge of the larynx to allow you to successfully treat a wide variety of surgical conditions – paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Familiarise yourself with tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia


Speaker: Kate Forster MA VetMB CertSAS Dip ECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
5 May 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your approach to peritonitis by going into the detail of the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • By the end of this module you will have discovered the thrills of thoracic surgery and maybe even have answered some big questions:
    • Big dog / little dog: who wins?
    • Thoracostomy for pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax – which tube?
    • Thoracotomy – which side and which rib space?
    • Lung Lobectomy – how many lobes can you take?
    • PDA –is this still a surgical condition?
    • Pericardectomy – how much should you take?
    • PRAA – why does a regurgitating patient need a thoracotomy?
    • Chylothorax – can you find the thoracic duct?
    • Chest wall diseases – how far can you advance the diaphragm?


Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Surgical Oncology
7 Jun 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the underlying principles of oncologic surgery to inform your surgical approaches to the most common tumours seen in practice
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on all the treatment options for mast cell tumours
  • Become comfortable with maxillectomy and mandibulectomy so you can approach oral tumours with more confidence
  • Familiarise yourself with gastrointestinal tumours so you can optimise your patient’s outcome
  • Recognise the differences between dogs and cats by learning about feline-specific tumours


Speaker: Pieter Nelissen DVM CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
20 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Key Learning Objectives

  • Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy
    • Explore the anatomy of the external ear canal
    • Choose and practise how to use your instruments
    • Identify top tips to avoid complications intraoperatively and post-operatively
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy
    • Revise the approach to the bulla
    • Identify which surgical methods maximize your success
  • Thyroid surgery
    • Thyroidectomy in the dog for carcinoma can be an exercise in dissection – become more familiar with potential pitfalls
    • Thyroidectomy in the cat is a common procedure in small animal practice – minimise complications by improving your technique
  • Unilateral arytenoid lateralisation
    • These cases can decompensate suddenly – ensure your knowledge of the surgical anatomy is perfected during this wet lab.


Speaker: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
21 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Key Learning Objectives

  • Thoracotomy
    • A successful thoracotomy is all in the planning : pre-operative assessment and preparation, intra-operative anatomy and surgical technique and post-operative care all work together to optimise outcomes
  • Lung lobectomy
    • Partial and complete lobectomy: choosing which technique to perform and reducing the risk of air leakage post-operatively
  • Pericardectomy
    • Understand the pros and cons of subtotal and total pericardectomy
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
    • These young patients require careful pre-operative management, controlled anaesthesia, precise surgical anatomical knowledge and technique, as well as appropriate post-operative care.

Speaker: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
14 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Revise the conditions of the elbow including luxations, IOHC, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders

Speaker: Richard Meeson MA, Vet MB, MVetMed, DipECVS, PGCVE, FHEA, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
12 Oct 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of the myriad of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate
  • Consider alternative causes of stifle dysfunction than the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Revise the underlying causes of patellar luxation when choosing a surgical approach
  • Perfect your knowledge of hock anatomy and the conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Review the conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia & luxation and familiarise yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb - Practical Session
9 Nov 2021 | Swindon

During this practical session you will perform the following surgical procedures

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Shoulder Joint
    • Revise the surgical approaches to the joint and perform a bicipital tenotomy
  • Elbow Joint
    • Elbow dysplasia is a widespread and complex disease – review which surgical approaches to the joint are most appropriate for your individual cases
  • Carpus
    • Sometimes a salvage procedure is the only option – meticulous technique will enhance your ability to perform carpal arthrodesis

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb - Practical Session
10 Nov 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Hip joint
    • Sometimes the best option is to perform a femoral head and neck ostectomy and good technique should allow a quick return to weight bearing
  • Stifle joint I
    • Extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament disease can still be a valid treatment provided you prioritise thorough meniscal inspection
  • Stifle joint II
    • Surgical correction of a luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition will benefit many of your small dog patients
  • Tarsus
    • Arthrodesis of the hock can be the only option – choose whether to perform a partial or pantarsal arthrodesis

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Fracture Repair I
10 Jan 2022 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform the initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Be familiar with the descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Apply the principles of fracture repair and decision making in fracture repair to your cases
  • Appreciate the variety of methods available for fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Fracture Repair II
1 Feb 2022 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Be familiar with the options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Describe the stabilisation of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Internal Fixation - Practical Session
8 Mar 2022 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair using a bone plate and screws
  • Humeral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws
  • Femoral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session
9 Mar 2022 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Familiarise yourself with the pins, bars and clamps
  • Tibial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type II linear frame
  • Comminuted Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type Ib linear frame

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Spinal Surgery I
17 May 2022 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localisation to your spinal cases via a systematic neurological examination and its’ interpretation
  • Understand the application of neurodiagnostics
  • Appreciate the approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Be familiar with the clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Spinal Surgery II
18 May 2022 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the surgical options for spinal surgery according to site
  • Cervical spine
    • Ventral slot procedure
  • Thoracolumbar spine
    • Hemilaminectomy
  • Lumbosacral spine
    • Dorsal laminectomy
  • CSF tap and Myelography
    • Identify the appropriate landmarks for acquiring CSF samples and obtaining diagnostic myelograms

Observe a demonstration of the above procedures performed by the speaker in the wet lab.


Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 6 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
6 Oct 2020
20 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Swindon
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Lee Meakin, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Hatfield
Start date: 7 October 2020

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
7 Oct 2020 | Hatfield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Revise asepsis, sterilisation and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases
  • Expand your knowledge of instrumentation and instrument handling
  • Become more familiar with the uses of suture, needles, staples and clips
  • Understand the principles of wound healing and how this applies to your clinical cases
  • Re-visit the principles of wound management and get up-to-date with what is available now


Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
10 Nov 2020 | Hatfield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the surgical approaches to salivary gland disease
  • Consider oesophageal disease and when surgery may be appropriate
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy: there is more to surgery of the stomach than just GDV
  • Advance your knowledge of small intestinal disease and how your decision-making can reduce complications
  • Review and revise ruptures and hernias


Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
10 Dec 2020 | Hatfield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Improve your knowledge of large intestinal surgery and the differences between cats and dogs
  • Familiarise yourself with surgical approaches to the rectum and anus
  • Explore the options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Review biliary tract surgery – anatomy and surgical options
  • Consolidate your knowledge of pancreatic surgery
  • Splenectomy – does it need removing and if so, which technique and what are the alternatives to removal?


Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery
14 Jan 2021 | Hatfield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop your skills in managing renal surgery
  • Extend your knowledge of obstructive diseases of the urinary tract from ureters to urethra to enhance your day-to-day management of urolithiasis
  • Improve your awareness of the myriad of surgical options for urinary incontinence that are available now including colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders
  • Advance your familiarity of surgery of the male reproductive system – from prostatic omentalisation to penile and preputial procedures
  • Extend the range of procedures you can offer for the female reproductive system beyond ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy


Speaker: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Reconstructive Skin Surgery - Practical Session
11 Feb 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Wound closure
    • Increase your options for skin reconstruction through tension relieving techniques
  • Pedicle flaps
    • Become braver with pedicle flaps: advancement, rotational and transposition to help close the larger or trickier defects
  • Muscle and omental flaps
    • Develop your familiarity with using muscle in defects by practising the external abdominal oblique muscle flap
    • Become familiar with the role of omental transposition in wound healing
  • Skin grafts
    • Understand skin grafts: full thickness and stamp and how to maximise their chances of success

Speaker: Alison Moores BVSc(Hons) CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery – Practical Session
12 Feb 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Oesophageal foreign bodies
    • Maximise good outcomes for oesophageal foreign bodies by minimising the risks and complications through appropriate knowledge of anatomy, surgical technique and peri-operative care
  • Gastric dilation volvulus
    • Investigate which gastropexy you might choose
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy
    • Perform a ureteronephrectomy for when the whole kidney needs removing
    • Develop your familiarity with partial nephrectomy for saving every precious nephron
    • Investigate possible indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy
    • Practise urethrostomies at a variety of anatomical locations so you can select the right one for your patient

Speaker: Alison Moores BVSc(Hons) CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
21 Apr 2021 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise conditions of the nasal planum of the young and old to guide you when to operate
  • The nasal sinuses – when does surgical access become necessary?
  • Brachycephalic airway disease – a myriad of abnormalities
  • Perfect your knowledge of the larynx to allow you to successfully treat a wide variety of surgical conditions – paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Familiarise yourself with tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia


Speaker: Kate Forster MA VetMB CertSAS Dip ECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
6 May 2021 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your approach to peritonitis by going into the detail of the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • By the end of this module you will have discovered the thrills of thoracic surgery and maybe even have answered some big questions:
    • Big dog / little dog: who wins?
    • Thoracostomy for pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax – which tube?
    • Thoracotomy – which side and which rib space?
    • Lung Lobectomy – how many lobes can you take?
    • PDA –is this still a surgical condition?
    • Pericardectomy – how much should you take?
    • PRAA – why does a regurgitating patient need a thoracotomy?
    • Chylothorax – can you find the thoracic duct?
    • Chest wall diseases – how far can you advance the diaphragm?


Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Surgical Oncology
9 Jun 2021 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the underlying principles of oncologic surgery to inform your surgical approaches to the most common tumours seen in practice
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on all the treatment options for mast cell tumours
  • Become comfortable with maxillectomy and mandibulectomy so you can approach oral tumours with more confidence
  • Familiarise yourself with gastrointestinal tumours so you can optimise your patient’s outcome
  • Recognise the differences between dogs and cats by learning about feline-specific tumours


Speaker: Pieter Nelissen DVM CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
29 Jun 2021 | Swindon

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy
    • Explore the anatomy of the external ear canal
    • Choose and practise how to use your instruments
    • Identify top tips to avoid complications intraoperatively and post-operatively
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy
    • Revise the approach to the bulla
    • Identify which surgical methods maximize your success
  • Thyroid surgery
    • Thyroidectomy in the dog for carcinoma can be an exercise in dissection – become more familiar with potential pitfalls
    • Thyroidectomy in the cat is a common procedure in small animal practice – minimise complications by improving your technique
  • Unilateral arytenoid lateralisation
    • These cases can decompensate suddenly – ensure your knowledge of the surgical anatomy is perfected during this wet lab.

Speaker: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
30 Jun 2021 | Swindon

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Thoracotomy
    • A successful thoracotomy is all in the planning : pre-operative assessment and preparation, intra-operative anatomy and surgical technique and post-operative care all work together to optimise outcomes
  • Lung lobectomy
    • Partial and complete lobectomy: choosing which technique to perform and reducing the risk of air leakage post-operatively
  • Pericardectomy
    • Understand the pros and cons of subtotal and total pericardectomy
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
    • These young patients require careful pre-operative management, controlled anaesthesia, precise surgical anatomical knowledge and technique, as well as appropriate post-operative care.

Speaker: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
15 Sep 2021 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Revise the conditions of the elbow including luxations, IOHC, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders


Speaker: Richard Meeson MA, Vet MB, MVetMed, DipECVS, PGCVE, FHEA, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
7 Oct 2021 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of the myriad of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate
  • Consider alternative causes of stifle dysfunction than the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Revise the underlying causes of patellar luxation when choosing a surgical approach
  • Perfect your knowledge of hock anatomy and the conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Review the conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia & luxation and familiarise yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement


Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb - Practical Session
23 Nov 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Shoulder Joint
    • Revise the surgical approaches to the joint and perform a bicipital tenotomy
  • Elbow Joint
    • Elbow dysplasia is a widespread and complex disease – review which surgical approaches to the joint are most appropriate for your individual cases
  • Carpus
    • Sometimes a salvage procedure is the only option – meticulous technique will enhance your ability to perform carpal arthrodesis

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb - Practical Session
24 Nov 2021 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Hip joint
    • Sometimes the best option is to perform a femoral head and neck ostectomy and good technique should allow a quick return to weight bearing
  • Stifle joint I
    • Extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament disease can still be a valid treatment provided you prioritise thorough meniscal inspection
  • Stifle joint II
    • Surgical correction of a luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition will benefit many of your small dog patients
  • Tarsus
    • Arthrodesis of the hock can be the only option – choose whether to perform a partial or pantarsal arthrodesis

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Fracture Repair I
11 Jan 2022 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform the initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Be familiar with the descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Apply the principles of fracture repair and decision making in fracture repair to your cases
  • Appreciate the variety of methods available for fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Fracture Repair II
2 Feb 2022 | Hatfield

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Be familiar with the options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Describe the stabilisation of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Internal Fixation - Practical Session
15 Mar 2022 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair using a bone plate and screws
  • Humeral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws
  • Femoral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session
16 Mar 2022 | Swindon

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Familiarise yourself with the pins, bars and clamps
  • Tibial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type II linear frame
  • Comminuted Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type Ib linear frame

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Spinal Surgery I
5 May 2022 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localisation to your spinal cases via a systematic neurological examination and its’ interpretation
  • Understand the application of neurodiagnostics
  • Appreciate the approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Be familiar with the clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Spinal Surgery II
6 May 2022 | Swindon

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Revise the surgical options for spinal surgery according to site
  • Cervical spine
    • Ventral slot procedure
  • Thoracolumbar spine
    • Hemilaminectomy
  • Lumbosacral spine
    • Dorsal laminectomy
  • CSF tap and Myelography
    • Identify the appropriate landmarks for acquiring CSF samples and obtaining diagnostic myelograms

Observe a demonstration of the above procedures performed by the speaker in the wet lab.


Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)

Venue: Hatfield
Start date: 7 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
7 Oct 2020
27 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Hatfield
Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 6 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
6 Oct 2020
20 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Swindon
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Lee Meakin, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Hatfield
Start date: 7 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
7 Oct 2020
27 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Hatfield
Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 1 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
1 Oct 2020
13 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Sheffield
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jon Hall, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Lee Meakin, Neil Burton, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 6 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
6 Oct 2020
20 May 2022
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22 Day Course
Swindon
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Lee Meakin, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Hatfield
Start date: 7 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
7 Oct 2020
27 May 2022
p
22 Day Course
Hatfield
Richard Meeson, Alison Moores, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 1 October 2020

Small Animal Surgery
1 Oct 2020
13 May 2022
p
22 Day Course
Sheffield
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jon Hall, Jonathan Bell, Kate Forster, Kelly Blacklock, Lee Meakin, Neil Burton, Nicolas Barthelemy, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

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