6 Apr 2020

SASCL - Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning

Swindon

Aims

The Consolidated Learning modular programme comprises 22 sessions delivered intensively over a four month period. The first twelve modules focus on soft tissue surgery - eight taught modules cover a range of subjects including gastrointestinal surgery, urinary and reproductive surgery and ear and upper airway surgery. These modules are complemented by four full day practical sessions.

The last ten modules cover orthopaedics and spinal surgery. These are delivered via six taught modules and four full day practical sessions on joint and fracture repair, bone grafting, external skeletal fixation and spinal surgery.

Objectives

The programme has been designed to enable you to:

  • Gain both a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and a GPCert (SAS) qualification in one year. This PgC programme is a recognised university-level qualification which enables you to apply for RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status.
  • Develop new enthusiasm and confidence in your surgical capabilities
  • Achieve qualifications which put you at the forefront of your field
  • Access training which is developed and delivered by world-renowned experts teaching the latest techniques
  • Increase your knowledge and reduce the need for external referral
  • Provide the skills needed in everyday practice
  • Benefit from a structured approach utilising taught, practical and case based learning
  • This is a novel, flexible and convenient way to fit learning around your busy schedule
  • We will support your learning journey every step of the way

Summary

This programme includes

A course tutor who will support your learning throughout the programme and for 3 months afterwards helping you prepare for the examination. An online learning platform which includes a forum and additional learning resources. Registration with Harper Adams University library and all end of course assessments and examination fees.

The small animal surgery programme is split into two parts; part one covering soft-tissue surgery and part two orthopaedic/spinal surgery. Each part includes four, hands-on practical sessions where you can practise your surgical skills in a supervised and safe environment.

To complement the face to face sessions, we will also provide an online platform for delegates. This will run alongside the taught course and will offer easy access to module notes, case-discussions via a ‘closed’ forum and additional material such as relevant articles, videos and presentations.

Who should be attending this training programme? Veterinary surgeons with a keen interest in small animal surgery who want to access the learning material over a short period of 3 months.

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Modules

Module (class) -1 - Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
6 Apr 2020 (14:00-20:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Jon Hall

Details

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

Module (class) -2 - Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery
7 Apr 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Jon Hall

Details

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

Module (class) -3 - Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
8 Apr 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Samantha Woods

Details

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

Module (class) -4 - Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
9 Apr 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Samantha Woods

Details

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?

Module (class) -5 - Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery
18 May 2020 (14:00-20:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Lee Meakin

Details

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

Module (class) -6 - Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
19 May 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Lee Meakin

Details

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

Module (class) -7 - Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
20 May 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Jane Ladlow

Details

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?

Module (class) -8 - Surgical Oncology
21 May 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Jane Ladlow

Details

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

Module (class) -9 - Reconstructive Skin Surgery Practical Session
16 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Jon Hall

Details

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

Module (class) -10 - Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery Practical Session
17 Jun 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Jon Hall

Details

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

Module (class) -11 - Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
18 Jun 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Jane Ladlow

Details

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.

Module (class) -12 - Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
19 Jun 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Jane Ladlow

Details

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.

Module (class) -13 - Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
3 Aug 2020 (14:00-20:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Richard Meeson

Details

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

Module (class) -14 - Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
4 Aug 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Richard Meeson

Details

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

Module (class) -15 - Joint Diseases of the Forelimb Practical Session
5 Aug 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy

Details

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

Module (class) -16 - Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb Practical Session
6 Aug 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy

Details

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

Module (class) -17 - Fracture Repair I
7 Aug 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Kevin Parsons

Details

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

Module (class) -18 - Fracture Repair II
7 Sep 2020 (14:00-20:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kevin Parsons

Details

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

Module (class) -19 - Internal Fixation Practical Session
8 Sep 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Kevin Parsons

Details

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

  • 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

Module (class) -20 - External Fixation and Bone Grafting Practical Session
9 Sep 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Kevin Parsons

Details

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

  • 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

Module (class) -21 - Spinal Surgery I
10 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Sebastien Behr

Details

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

Module (class) -22 - Spinal Surgery II
11 Sep 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Sebastien Behr

Details

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.

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Key Information

SASCL - Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning
6 Apr 2020
11 Sep 2020
p
22 Day Course
Swindon
Richard Meeson, Samantha Woods, Jane Ladlow, Jon Hall, Kevin Parsons, Lee Meakin, Nicolas Barthelemy, Sebastien Behr
Price: £11,995.00 + VAT

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