5 Oct 2022

Small Animal Surgery

Hatfield

Small Animal Surgery

Aims

The two year modular programme is delivered over 22 sessions. Year one modules focus on soft tissue surgery- the eight taught modules cover a range of subjects including gastro-intestinal surgery, urinary and reproductive surgery and ear and upper airway surgery. These modules are complemented by four full day practical sessions.

Year two modules cover orthopaedics and spinal surgery delivered via six taught modules and four full day practical sessions covering joint and fracture repair, bone grafting, external skeletal fixation and spinal surgery.

Objectives

The programme has been designed to enable you to:

  • Develop new enthusiasm and confidence in your surgical capabilities
  • Provide an enhanced service to your clients and patients
  • Generate increased revenue in your practice
  • Meet like-minded colleagues and develop lifelong friendships
  • Meet and learn from world-class teachers
  • Gain both a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and a GPCert (SAS) qualification in two years

Summary

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 practice your surgical skills in a supervised and safe environment.

Improve International has invested in state of the art wet-lab facilities where you will be able to develop your techniques using the latest equipment.

To complement the the face to face sessions, Improve International also provides 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, live webinars, plus additional material such as relevant articles, videos and presentations.

This programme also includes:

  • A copy of the 2 volume set of ' Veterinary Surgery:Small Animal ' by Karen Tobias and Spencer Johnston
  • A set of five surgical DVDs by Howard Seim covering a comprehensive range of soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures
  • Access to an online forum for case discussion and additional learning material
  • Registration with Harper Adams University
  • All end of course assessments and exam fees

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Small Animal Surgery Modules

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
5 Oct 2022 | 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: Julia Riggs MA VetMB AFHEA DipECVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
15 Nov 2022 | 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
7 Dec 2022 | 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
9 Jan 2023 | 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 MA VetMB, Cert VR, Cert SAS, Dipl ECVS, FHEA, MRCVS
Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery – Practical Session
25 Feb 2023 | 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: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Reconstructive Skin Surgery - Practical Session
26 Feb 2023 | 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: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery
30 Mar 2023 | Hatfield

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: Joanna McCagherty BVMS, MRCVS, PGCertSAS, DipECVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
19 Apr 2023 | 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: Joanna McCagherty BVMS, MRCVS, PGCertSAS, DipECVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
10 May 2023 | 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
16 Jun 2023 | 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: Rob Quinn BVMS(Hons) CertAVP DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
20 Sep 2023 | 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, VetMB, PhD, MVetMed, DipECVS, FHEA, FRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
20 Oct 2023 | 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
22 Nov 2023 | 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
23 Nov 2023 | 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
15 Jan 2024 | 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
29 Jan 2024 | 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
11 Mar 2024 | 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
12 Mar 2024 | 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
8 May 2024 | 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
9 May 2024 | 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)

Booking Options

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PgC Programme (Payment in Full) £12,699.00 £0.00 £12,699.00
PgC Programme (Deposit and 18 monthly payments) £670.00 £1,899.00 £13,959.00
PgC Programme (Deposit and Remaining Balance) £10,800.00 £1,899.00 £12,699.00

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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

Small Animal Surgery
5 Oct 2022
14 May 2024
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22 Day Course
Hatfield
Darren Barnes, Richard Meeson, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Nicolas Barthelemy, Sebastien Behr, Julia Riggs, Rachel Burrow, Laura Owen, Rob Quinn, Joanna McCagherty, TBC (To Be Confirmed)
From £12,699.00 + VAT

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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