11 Mar 2019

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

Cremona, Madrid, Sheffield

Aims

Take your knowledge to another level

Over the last 19 years, Improve International has enabled thousands of vets working in general practice to develop core clinical skills and gain additional postgraduate qualifications in more than 20 different subjects. The next step in this process of lifelong learning is a series of new modular programmes and qualifications designed specifically for vets who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in their area of clinical interest. These new programmes will be accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University in the UK (40 credits at Masters Level). Delegates will be able to gain a General Practitioner Advanced Certificate awarded by ESVPS with the possibility of upgrading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Is this programme for me?


You will be an experienced vet with an existing good knowledge of the principles of small animal surgery and particularly soft tissue surgery.
You will probably have already undertaken additional training in the subject and gained a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (GPCertSAS) or an equivalent qualification.
You will have a strong interest in the subject and the desire to continually improve your knowledge and skills.
You would like to carry on your studies in the same subject and learn new, more advanced techniques that you can take back into your practice.
You would like to gain a higher-level qualification in the subject.

In order to undertake this higher level programme, you will need to hold a GPCert(SAS) although there will be an Accredited Prior Learning (APL) route for those vets who can demonstrate that they already have a good knowledge of the subject and who wish to pass straight to the examination without undertaking a taught programme. Achieving the GPCert(SAS) would then enable registration for the Advanced Certificate programme.

Programme structure

The course programme will be delivered in one, four-day block and two, five-day blocks of teaching using three different state of the art training facilities. Group size will be strictly limited to enable an excellent learning experience. Experienced world-renowned clinicians (ECVS or ACVS Diplomates) will provide delegates with the very latest information about new developments in soft tissue surgery. Step by step decision making processes will enable delegates to make the best choice when treating patients. Numerous case-examples will be used to help delegates relate their theoretical knowledge to clinical practice. A high level of practical instruction in a wet-lab environment will allow delegates to practice these new surgical techniques with close supervision from the course speakers.

Objectives

The programme has been designed to enable you to:

  • Develop further confidence and competence in soft tissue surgery as a natural progression from the Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery or an equivalent award.
  • Provide an enhanced service to your clients. Perform more soft tissue surgery procedures in practice and reduce the need for external referral.
  • Generate increased revenue in your practice.
  • Meet like- minded colleagues and share information about case management.
  • Meet and learn from world class speakers.
  • Gain the GP Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery and use this qualification as a route to a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences awarded by Harper Adams University

Summary

This 14 module programme has been designed for veterinary surgeons who want to progress their soft tissue surgical skills to the next level. Each module will be presented by specialists (ECVS or ACVS diplomates) allowing delegates plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive practical instruction. A step-by-step decision making process will help delegates to make the best choice in treating soft tissue conditions and numerous case studies will be used to place theoretical concepts into practice.

Practical hands on experience will be gained on every module in excellent wet lab facilities at three different European venues. The latest equipment will be provided to accelerate your learning.
The sessions will be complemented by an online learning platform providing access to notes, case discussions via a closed forum and further resources such as videos and reading references.

Previous experience to certificate level in small animal soft tissue surgery is essential in order to benefit most from this course.

Booking Options

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Full course £10,000.00 £995.00 £10,995.00
Deposit and 12 monthly payments £880.00 £995.00 £11,555.00

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Modules

Module (class) -1 - Oral Surgery
11 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Cremona

Speaker: Daniela Murgia

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Explain the pathogenesis of congenital disorders affecting the lips in dogs including cleft palate, abnormal lip conformation, tight lip syndrome, lower lip redundancy and eversion
  • Discuss management options and surgical principles for treatment of congenital disorders of the oral cavity
  • List the main neoplasms affecting the nasal planum, premaxilla and oral cavity, including the tonsils and tongue
  • Be familiar with surgical options for treatment of a variety of oral neoplasms and management of the possible associated post-operative complications
  • Describe the options for surgical management of traumatic lesions affecting the oral cavity, lips and cheeks

Includes a practical session where mandibulectomy, maxillectomy, glossectomy, nasal planum reconstruction, palate and lip reconstruction can be practised.

Module (class) -2 - Endocrine System Surgery
12 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Cremona

Speaker: Daniela Murgia

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe the physiology of the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands
  • Outline appropriate staging of endocrine neoplasia using aspiration, biopsy and imaging
  • Discuss non-surgical options for the management of endocrine neoplasia
  • Be able to discuss the peri-operative management of patients undergoing adrenalectomy
  • Explain the options for managing surgical complications associated with endocrine surgery

Includes a practical session where thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, partial pancreatectomy, adrenalectomy and vena cava venotomy can be practised.

Module (class) -3 - Skin Reconstruction
13 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Cremona

Speaker: Hervé Brissot

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Summarise wound classification and types of management available
  • Be familiar with wound healing
  • Describe the different types of subdermal plexus flaps
  • Discuss the most reliable axial pattern and myocutaneous flaps and their most common complications
  • Explain the classification and healing process of free skin grafts
  • Outline the theory behind negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and how it can be used with success

Includes a practical session where free skin grafts, subdermal plexus, axial pattern and myocutaneous flaps can be practised.

Module (class) -4 - Ear Nose and Throat Surgery
14 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Cremona

Speaker: Hervé Brissot

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the pathophysiology and clinical presentation on specific conditions of the nasopharynx
  • Describe the surgical options for treatment of nasopharyngeal polyps
  • Be familiar with the causes of and management of nasopharyngeal stenosis
  • Outline available treatment options for neoplasia of the nasal planum and nasal cavity
  • Explain the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of specific conditions affecting the ear canal and middle ear

Includes a practical session where ventral and dorsal rhinotomy, ventral approach to nasopharynx, Total ear canal ablation-lateral bulla osteotomy and ventral bulla osteotomy will be performed.

Module (class) -5 - Gastric and upper intestinal surgery
29 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Madrid

Speaker: Rachel Burrow

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of diseases of the stomach including hypertrophic pylorogastropathy and gastric neoplasia
  • Describe causes of and treatment options for gastric perforation
  • Be familiar with the indications, maintenance and complications associated with placement of gastrostomy and enterostomy tubes
  • Outline the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of hiatal hernia

Includes a practical session where gastrostomy and enterostomy tube placement, pyloroplasty techniques, gastrectomy, diaphragmatic myotomy, caudal median sternotomy and oesophagopexy can be practised.

Module (class) -6 - Lower Intestinal Surgery
30 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Madrid

Speaker: Rachel Burrow

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Explain the physiology of the colon and rectum
  • Be familiar with specific diseases of the colon including megacolon, volvulus and neoplasia
  • Outline techniques available for resection of the colon and rectum and the associated peri-operative, long-term complications and prognosis
  • Describe the pathophysiology of rectal disease including neoplasia, perforation and anorectal strictures
  • Discuss the medical and surgical options for treatment of anal sac neoplasia and prognosis for patients with this condition

Includes a practical session where typhlectomy, colonic resection and anastomosis, subtotal colectomy, anal sacculectomy, rectal pull through and the abdominal approach for dissection of metastatic sub-lumbar lymph nodes can be practised.

Module (class) -7 - Liver and Biliary Tract Surgery
31 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Madrid

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Explain the physiology of the liver and biliary system
  • Describe available surgical options for liver lobectomy and the prognosis associated with hepatic neoplasia in the dog and cat
  • Outline the pathophysiology of hepatic abscesses and cysts
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of extrahepatic biliary obstruction and gallbladder mucocele
  • Be familiar with the clinical presentation of traumatic biliary rupture and the surgical procedures required to treat it

Includes a practical session where liver lobectomy (sutured and stapled), cholecystectomy and cholecystoduodenostomy (sutured and stapled) can be practised.

Module (class) -8 - Hernias
1 Aug 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Madrid

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of abdominal hernias
  • List the surgical options for repair of hernias using autologous or synthetic materials
  • Describe emergency stabilisation and surgery for traumatic hernias including when incarceration and/or strangulation has occurred
  • Outline the pathophysiology of traumatic and congenital diaphragmatic hernias such as pleuroperitoneal and peritoneopericardial hernias
  • Explain the pathophysiology of perineal herniation and the decision-making process for selection of an appropriate surgical procedure for their repair in individual cases

Includes a practical session where abdominal wall reconstruction by external abdominal oblique myofascial flap and cranial sartorius muscle flap, use of polypropylene mesh, omentalisation, internal obturator transposition, semitendinosus muscle flap, cystopexy, vas deferens pexy and colopexy can be practised.

Module (class) -9 - Urinary Tract Surgery
2 Aug 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Madrid

Speaker: Laura Owen

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of urolithiasis and treatment options for calculi within the kidney, ureter, bladder and/or urethra
  • Describe urinary tract neoplasia – types, treatment options and prognosis
  • Outline the pathophysiology and management of ureteral obstruction including the decision-making process for treatment of individual cases
  • Be familiar with available options for treatment of ureteral obstruction including surgery, lithotripsy and stenting
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of urinary incontinence
  • List the pros and cons of a variety of surgical treatments for urinary incontinence including laser ablation of ectopic ureters, hydraulic occluders, collagen injections and colposuspension

Includes a practical session where nephrotomy, nephrectomy, ureterotomy in dogs, ureteral reimplantation, colposuspension and cystopexy can be practised.

Module (class) -10 - Upper Airway Surgery
18 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Sheffield

Speaker: Jon Hall

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe how animals in respiratory distress can best be managed to reduce morbidity/mortality and improve surgical outcomes
  • Discuss the aetiology and clinical findings associated with laryngeal paralysis
  • Explain the pathophysiology of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
  • List indications for temporary and permanent tracheostomy and be able to select an appropriate tube
  • Outline the indications and considerations for tracheal resection and anastomosis

Includes a practical session where arytenoid lateralisation, staphlectomy and folding palatoplasty, wedge rhinoplasty, resected of everted laryngeal saccules, partial arytenoidectomy, temporary/permanent tracheostomy and tracheal resection/anastomosis can be practised.

Module (class) -11 - Thoracic Surgery I
19 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Sheffield

Speaker: Samantha Woods

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Be familiar with the challenges encountered treating thoracic trauma and stabilising patients with severe injuries
  • Discuss the aetiology and clinical findings associated with conditions that might require lung lobectomy such as cysts, bullae, lung abscessation, laceration, torsion and pulmonary neoplasia
  • Describe the clinical findings and surgical options for treatment of thoracic wall tumours
  • Outline pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment options associated with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Illustrate an understanding of the principles of thoracoscopically assisted thoracic surgery

Includes a practical session where intercostal and rib resection thoracotomy, lung lobectomy, location of PDA and thoracoscopy can be practised.

Module (class) -12 - Thoracic Surgery II
20 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Sheffield

Speaker: Samantha Woods

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Explain the aetiology and clinical findings associated with chylothorax
  • Review the surgical principles and indications for intra-thoracic oesophageal surgery
  • Discuss the aetiology and clinical findings associated with pectus excavatum
  • Describe the pros and cons of median sternotomy and when this approach should be selected
  • Outline the surgical approach for ablation of a neoplastic right atrium

Includes a practical session where median sternotomy, subtotal pericardectomy, caudal thoracotomy/location of the site for ligation of the thoracic duct, transdiaphragmatic approach for ligation of the thoracic duct/cisterna chyli ablation and pleural port placement can be practised.

Module (class) -13 - Reproductive Surgery
21 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Sheffield

Speaker: Bart Van Goethem

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe the clinical presentation and treatment options for uterine prolapse, rupture and dystocia
  • Explain the pathophysiology of specific conditions such as vestibulovaginal stenosis, recessed vulva, vaginal oedema and prolapse, neoplasia of vagina, vestibule and vulva
  • Be familiar with a variety of laparoscopic ovariectomy techniques
  • Outline the pathophysiology and clinical signs associated with specific penile disorders such as hypospadia, paraphimosis, penile wounds and tumours

Includes a practical session where vulvoplasty, episiotomy, partial vaginal resection, laparoscopic ovariectomy, partial penile amputation, phallopexy and preputial advancement can be practised

Module (class) -14 - Acute Abdomen and Hepatic Vascular Malformations
22 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:30) - Sheffield

Speaker: Laura Owen

Details

Key Learning Objectives

  • Summarise the pathophysiology and classification of peritonitis
  • Explain the pathophysiology associated with penetrating peritoneal injuries, haemoabdomen, uroabdomen, chylous peritonitis, biliary peritonitis and intra-abdominal abscesses
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and clinical findings associated with hepatic vascular abnormalities such as PSS and hepatic arteriovenous malformations
  • Outline the medical, surgical and interventional options for treatment of hepatic vascular abnormalities

Includes a practical session where Jackson Pratt abdominal draining, partial cystectomy, biliary stent placement, practical review of hepatic vascular anatomy, vascular dissection and vessel attenuation by placement of an ameroid constrictor and cellophane banding can be practised.

Book Individual Modules

Total Price: £ plus VAT
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Any available discounts will be applied during checkout.
5 - Gastric and upper intestinal surgery 29 Jul 2019
Madrid
£950.00 + VAT
6 - Lower Intestinal Surgery 30 Jul 2019
Madrid
£950.00 + VAT
7 - Liver and Biliary Tract Surgery 31 Jul 2019
Madrid
£950.00 + VAT
8 - Hernias 1 Aug 2019
Madrid
£950.00 + VAT
9 - Urinary Tract Surgery 2 Aug 2019
Madrid
£950.00 + VAT
10 - Upper Airway Surgery 18 Nov 2019
Sheffield
£950.00 + VAT
11 - Thoracic Surgery I 19 Nov 2019
Sheffield
£950.00 + VAT
12 - Thoracic Surgery II 20 Nov 2019
Sheffield
£950.00 + VAT
13 - Reproductive Surgery 21 Nov 2019
Sheffield
£950.00 + VAT
14 - Acute Abdomen and Hepatic Vascular Malformations 22 Nov 2019
Sheffield
£950.00 + VAT

Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. Payment for the course can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  3. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to confirm your booking.

Key Information

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
11 Mar 2019
22 Nov 2019
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14 Day Course
Cremona, Madrid, Sheffield
Samantha Woods, Guillaume Chanoit, Jon Hall, Hervé Brissot, Rachel Burrow, Bart Van Goethem, Laura Owen, Daniela Murgia
Price: £10,995.00 + VAT

The start date of this course is in the past. You can no longer book the full course, but can register your interest in future dates.

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ABOUT IMPROVE

Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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