27 Jan 2021

Neurosurgery Three-Day Masterclass


Course Aims

This three-day masterclass will involve lectures and more than 50% time spent in the practical room. The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to practice your neurosurgical skills while under the guidance of three experienced neurosurgeons. With a maximum of 18 delegates you can be guaranteed of personalised guidance to advance your skills.

After the course, you will have the confidence to perform routine hemilaminectomies, corpectomies and ventral slots, and have a good grounding in lumbosacral stabilisation, thoracolumbar fractures, disc associated wobblers syndrome and atlantoaxial subluxation. If you are an experienced surgeon looking to expand your neurosurgical techniques then this course is for you. This is definitely not an introductory or beginner’s course, please feel free to discuss your prior experience with one of our CPD advisors before booking.

Potential delegates should already:

  • Be competent with fundamental surgical skills e.g. Halsted’s principles
  • Have a basic knowledge of topics covered in the course i.e. cervical and thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusions/protrusions, disc associated wobblers syndrome and atlantoaxial subluxation
  • Possess good knowledge of basic vertebral anatomy
  • Have some experience with doing or assisting with neurosurgery

A reading list will be sent to you at the time of booking so you can ensure you are in the best position to get maximum benefit from the course.

Comprehensive course notes, lunch and refreshments available throughout the day.

The three day course consists of the following:

  • Describe how to perform the neurological examination
  • Explain the limitations of the examination in the clinical setting in order to improve patient assessment and localisation
  • List available imaging techniques, their pros and cons in identifying intervertebral disc disease and the major differential diagnoses
  • Localise and interpret imaging findings of a dog with a thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion
  • Describe the surgical approach to the thoracolumbar vertebral column
  • Perform a hemilaminectomy confidently and outline the appropriate post-operative care
  • Recognise & manage intra-operative complications seen with hemilaminectomy
  • Localise and recognise a dog with a cervical intervertebral disc extrusion/protrusion
  • Interpret imaging findings for cervical intervertebral disc disease
  • Describe the surgical approach to the cervical vertebral column and landmarks for locating the correct surgical site
  • Perform a ventral slot procedure confidently
  • Manage intra-operative complications seen during the ventral slot procedure
  • Outline appropriate post-operative care of a dog following a ventral slot procedure
  • Explain decision making around when to perform surgery on dogs with vertebral fractures
  • List options for stabilisation of the thoracolumbar vertebral column
  • Be confident in placing plates, screws, pins and/or cement in the thoracolumbar vertebral column.
  • Localise a dog with lumbosacral disease and interpret imaging findings for this condition
  • Describe the surgical approach to the lumbosacral vertebra
  • Be able to confidently perform an annulectomy, discectomy and placement of pins into the L7 /S1 vertebra
  • Recognise and manage intra-operative complications during lumbosacral surgery
  • Outline appropriate post-operative care of a dog following lumbosacral surgery


Harry Scott

Harry Scott


RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) and Veterinary Neurology, and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Harry graduated from the University of Liverpool. Whilst working in small animal practice and for animal charities (PDSA and RSPCA), he developed interests in both orthopaedics and dermatology culminating in RCVS Certificates in both disciplines. Harry became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons by examination in Canine Spinal Surgery in 1992, and in 1999 he obtained the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).

He is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), awarded by the university of Tennessee. Harry was awarded his European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology in 2016. His interests include all aspects of orthopaedics and advanced neurosurgical procedures.

Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig


RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

After graduating from Liverpool in 2009, Andrew spent two years in mixed practice in the Midlands and Ireland. Then spent two and a half years in first opinion small animal practice. Andrew passed his BSAVA PGcert small animal surgery in 2014. After completing a one-year internship then a three year residency here at SCVS, he passed his ECVS exams in 2018 making him a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.
Nadia Shihab

Nadia Shihab

MA VetMB DipECVN MRCVS Clinical Director

RCVS Specialist in Neurology and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Nadia graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005 before completing a one-year internship at Dick White Referrals in Newmarket. She then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in London to complete a rotating internship before undertaking her residency in neurology. This culminated in 2010 when she was successful in gaining her ECVN diploma in neurology. Since then, she has lectured in Neurology at the RVC, and joined SCVS in September 2012.

Key information

Neurosurgery Three-Day Masterclass
27 Jan 2021
29 Jan 2021
3 Day Course
Harry Scott, Andrew Craig, Nadia Shihab
£2,950.00 + VAT