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1 Feb 2021

Small Animal Surgery Distance Learning

Online / Sheffield

Learn at your own pace, wherever you are, with our Small Animal Surgery distance learning programme

Our Distance Learning Programme in Small Animal Surgery has been developed to enable all veterinary surgeons access to our world-class teaching materials. By studying part-time, at your own pace, this programme allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately.

You’ll have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVS/ACVS Small Animal Surgery Diploma Holder across 24 varied modules covering key orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical procedures delivered online over two years. There are 14 taught modules and 10 practical modules which will be delivered at two venues – Sheffield (UK) and the University of California (USA).

This is the most in-depth and practical modular small animal surgery programme developed 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 and will be supported with in-depth and high-quality surgical videos.

Once you join you will be part of an international programme with participants from all over the world.

Small Animal Surgery Distance Learning Modules

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
1 Feb 2021 | Online

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
Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery
1 Mar 2021 | Online

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: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
1 Apr 2021 | Online

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
3 May 2021 | Online

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: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery
1 Jun 2021 | Online

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: Samantha Woods BSc MA VetMB CertSAS Dipl.ECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
1 Jul 2021 | Online

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: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
1 Sep 2021 | Online

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
1 Oct 2021 | Online

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
Reconstructive Skin Surgery - Practical Session
24 Jan 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Become familiar with tension relieving techniques, performing undermining, tension-relieving sutures and relaxing incisions
    • Tension relieving sutures: walking sutures, bolster/stent sutures and continuous pre-tensioning sutures
    • Relaxing incisions: multiple punctate relaxing incision, simple relaxing incision, Z-plasty and V-Y plasty
  • Close different shaped wounds with confidence, including dog ears, triangular, circular/crescent and rectangular/quadrangular
  • Practise subdermal plexus flaps, namely advancement flaps, rotation flaps, transposition flaps and interpolation flaps
  • Practise axial pattern flaps, including thoracodorsal flaps and caudal superficial epigastric flaps
  • Recall the different skin graft options and execute full-thickness meshed skin graft and pinch and punch graft

Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Gastrointestinal Surgery - Practical Session
25 Jan 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Correctly place a tube in the oesophagus
  • Approach the cervical oesophagus and recognise its anatomical features
  • Recognise the possibilities for oesophageal surgery and perform an oesophagotomy/oesophagectomy
  • Correctly place a tube for gastrotomy
  • Execute a gastrotomy/gastrectomy
  • Perform an incisional gastropexy
  • Recall the indications for intestinal biopsies and apply the correct method
  • Apply intestinal surgery techniques, namely enterotomy/enterectomy

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Urological Surgery - Practical Session
26 Jan 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the urological structures with relevance for surgical procedures
  • Execute a nephrectomy/nephrotomy
  • Confidently get samples from renal biopsies
  • Recall the key points to correctly place a tube for cystotomy
  • Perform a cystotomy/cystectomy
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to performing, step by step, a prescrotal urethrostomy in a dog and a perineal urethrostomy in a cat
  • Practise urohydropulsion

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
27 Jan 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Put into practice the theoretical knowledge of ear surgery, performing a total ear canal ablation, a lateral bulla osteotomy and a ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Perform a lateral approach to the larynx and locate the relevant structures for the tie-back technique
  • Recognise all the steps of unilateral arytenoid lateralisation by watching its demonstration
  • Perform a modified extracapsular thyroidectomy
  • Execute a mandibular and sublingual sialadenectomy

Speaker: Jane Ladlow VetMB MA DipECVS CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
28 Jan 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a lateral intercostal thoracotomy
  • Execute a median sternotomy
  • Perform a total lung lobectomy
  • Recognise all the steps of a pericardiectomy and practise a partial pericardiectomy
  • Place a drain in the thoracic cavity for thoracocentesis
  • Place a drain in the abdominal cavity

Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
1 Feb 2022 | Online

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: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
1 Mar 2022 | Online

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
Fracture Repair I
1 Apr 2022 | Online

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: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS MRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Fracture Repair II
2 May 2022 | Online

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: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS MRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Spinal Surgery I
1 Jun 2022 | Online

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
1 Jul 2022 | Online

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)
Internal Fixation I - Practical Session
8 Aug 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply cerclage wires and tension band fixations
  • Place positional and lag screws
  • Recognise the most important features to correctly approach tibial fractures
    • Approach the tibia medially and apply a bone plate
  • Recognise the most important features to correctly approach radial fractures
    • Approach the radius cranio-medially / laterally and apply a bone plate
  • Recognise the most important features to correctly approach femoral fractures
    • Approach the femur laterally, apply a bone plate and an intramedullary pin (plate and rod)

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Internal Fixation II - Practical Session
9 Aug 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the most important features to correctly approach humeral fractures
    • Approach the humeral shaft laterally
    • Apply a bone plate and an intramedullary pin (plate and rod)
  • Perform a dorsal approach to the carpal joint
  • Perform a pancarpal arthrodesis
  • Execute a partial carpal arthrodesis
  • Perform a medial and lateral approach to the tarsal joint
  • Perform a pantarsal arthrodesis
  • Execute a partial tarsal arthrodesis

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb - Practical Session
10 Aug 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a caudolateral and craniomedial approach to the shoulder joint
  • Put in practise the theoretical knowledge to perform a biceps tenotomy
  • Recall various elbow joint procedures
    • Perform a medial and lateral approach to the elbow joint
    • Do a subtotal coronoidectomy
    • Apply a lag screw fixation to fix the Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP)
    • Execute a proximal/distal ulna osteotomy

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS MRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb - Practical Session
11 Aug 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Do a craniodorsal approach to the hip
  • Identify all the steps to correctly perform a femoral head ostectomy (FHNO)
  • Approach to the stifle joint laterally
  • Execute lateral fabello-tibial sutures
  • Perform recession trochleoplasties
  • Recognise the key points to do a proper tibial tuberosity transposition

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS MRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session
12 Aug 2022 | Sheffield

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a surgical repair of the tibia with a type II linear frame
  • Execute a surgical repair of a comminuted radial fracture with a type IB linear frame
  • Do a surgical repair of a comminuted femoral fracture with a type IA linear frame
  • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus and iliac crest

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS MRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

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  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.
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Small Animal Surgery Distance Learning
1 Feb 2021
12 Aug 2022
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24 Day Course
Online / Sheffield
Heidi Radke, Samantha Woods, Guillaume Chanoit, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kelly Blacklock, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow
£11,495.00 + VAT