Small Animal Surgery

Orange, CA TBC

Small Animal Surgery

GPCert in Small Animal Surgery


This course is the most in-depth and practical modular small animal surgery program. It creates an easy route to earning a GPCert (General Practitioner Certificate).

Divided into a soft-tissue and an orthopedic/spinal component

Surgery is one of the most requested services in veterinary clinics and hospitals. As a field, it is also continuously evolving. Small Animal Surgery is a postgraduate training program that is designed to increase veterinarians’ confidence in the approach and resolution of clinical cases that need surgical procedures. This is accomplished by learning and mastering new surgical techniques that are relevant to clinical practice. The program’s practical focus allows trainees to discover, learn and execute techniques at their own pace, all done in an environment of continuous interaction with internationally renowned speakers and colleagues.

Class size limited to create an optimal learning experience and environment, with a delegate to instructor ratio of 1:12 in the practical sessions

Who should attend?

All veterinarians with a particular interest in small animal surgery that want to achieve a medium-high level of expertise and become confident and proficient in the majority of the most common surgical procedures.

Those with at least two years’ of clinical experience will benefit most from this course.

Price Includes:

• Copy of Veterinary Surgery textbook by Tobias and Johnston

• Access to our learning management platform providing notes, discussion forums, videos of different procedures, and other study resources

• Coffee breaks and lunch.

• ISVPS examination fee


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Course Details



  Start date:
TBC

Modules:
22 Days

Practical:
9 Sessions

d Category:
Small Animal Surgery

} Schedule:
09:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CE Hours:
176

This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

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01 - Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Revise asepsis, sterilization 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: TBC
02 - Urinary and Reproductive tract surgery
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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, urinary tract trauma and neoplasia
  • 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: TBC
03 - Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the surgical approaches to salivary gland disease (mucoceles, trauma, neoplasia)
  • Consider esophageal disease and when surgery may be appropriate (esophageal foreign bodies, trauma, strictures, diverticulum and neoplasia)
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy: understand indications and application of surgical principles (gastric foreign bodies, trauma, gastric outflow disease and gastric neoplasia)
  • GDV: review tour knowledge on stabilization and surgical management
  • Advance your knowledge of small intestinal disease and how your decision-making can reduce complications
    • Enterotomy
    • Sutured resection-anastomosis
    • Stapled resection-anastomosis
      • Jejunal anastomosis


Speaker: TBC
04 - Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

Key Learning Objectives

  • Improve your knowledge of large intestinal and rectal surgery
  • Familiarize yourself with surgical approaches to the colon, rectum and perianal region
  • Understand management of colonic and rectal neoplasia, megacolon and rectal prolapse
  • Understand management of anal sac disease and perianal neoplasia
  • Review the anatomy of the liver and extra-hepatic biliary system
  • Understand perioperative concerns of animals with liver or extra hepatic biliary pathology
  • Explore the options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Develop your knowledge of extrahepatic biliary tract surgery
  • Understand principles of pancreatic surgery – from a simple biopsy to pancreatectomy
  • Review approaches to splenic pathology and surgical management


Speaker: TBC
05 - Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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 hematoma


Speaker: TBC
06 - Surgery of the Upper Airways, Thyroid, Larynx and Trachea
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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
  • Improve your knowledge of the larynx to allow you to manage a wide variety of surgical conditions - paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Familiarize yourself with tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia
  • Understand thyroid surgery
    • Thyroidectomy in the dog for carcinoma can be an exercise in dissection – become more familiar with potential pitfalls
    • Thyroidectomy in the cat


Speaker: TBC
07 - Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your approach to peritonitis by going into the detail of the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Management of hemoabdomen and uroabdomen
  • Stabilization and management of hernias
    • Traumatic wall, hiatal, perineal, inguinal, umbilical, diaphragmatic, prepubic and peritoneopericardial
  • 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 (patent duct arteriosus) – is this still a surgical condition?
    • Pericardectomy – how much should you take?
    • PRAA (persistent right aortic arch) – 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?
    • Pleural and mediastinal biopsy


Speaker: TBC
08 - Surgical Oncology
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnosis and staging of tumors
  • Revise the underlying principles of oncologic surgery to inform your surgical approaches to the most common tumors seen in practice
    • Cutaneous,
    • Oral,
    • Gastrointestinal – which ones to be aggressive,
    • Urogenital
    • Chest wall
    • Anal sac adenocarcinoma – local and lymph node resection (metastectomy)
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on all the treatment options for mast cell tumors
  • Become comfortable with maxillectomy and mandibulectomy so you can approach oral tumors with more confidence
  • Understand the differences between big and minimal approach – when to choose one over the other
    • Wide margins or primary closure
    • Adjunctive therapy
  • Recognize the differences between dogs and cats by learning about feline-specific tumors


Speaker: TBC
09 - Reconstructive Skin Surgery Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

You will practice 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
    • Axillary and inguinal flaps
  • Axial pattern flaps
    • Become familiar with the most common and reliable axial pattern flaps
  • Muscle and omental flaps
    • Become familiar with the role of these flaps in reconstruction and wound healing
  • Skin grafts
    • Understand skin grafts: full thickness and how to maximize their chances of success
  • Hernias
    • Traumatic wall, hiatal, perineal, inguinal and peritoneopericardial


Speaker: TBC
10 - Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

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

 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Esophageal foreign bodies
    • Maximize good outcomes for esophageal foreign bodies by minimizing the risks and complications through appropriate knowledge of anatomy, surgical technique and peri-operative care
  • Gastric surgery
    • Improve your gastrotomy technique: exposure, reduction of contamination and safe closure
    • Investigate which gastropexy technique you might choose
    • Develop your skills on gastric resection and anastomosis
    • Become confident with gastric tube placement
  • Intestinal surgery:
    • Enterotomy
    • Sutured resection anastomosis
    • Demonstration by the speaker of stapled resection anastomosis
    • Thyphylectomy
  • Hepatic, pancreatic and splenic surgeries
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy
    • Perform a ureteronephrectomy for when the whole kidney needs removing
    • Investigate possible indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy
    • Practice urethrostomies at a variety of anatomical locations (prescrotal, scrotal, perineal and prepubic) so you can select the right one for your patient
  • Intestinal surgery, colectomy, hepatectomy, splenectomy and partial pancreatectomy


Speaker: TBC
11 - Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

You will practice 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 practice 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 dogs
  • Unilateral arytenoid lateralization
    • These cases can decompensate suddenly – ensure your knowledge of the surgical anatomy is perfected during this wet lab. 


Speaker: TBC
12 - Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

You will practice 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 optimize outcomes
  • Chest drain placement (trocar one and Mila drain)
  • 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


Speaker: TBC
13 - Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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: TBC
14 - Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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 familiarize yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement


Speaker: TBC
15 - Fracture Repair I
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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: TBC
16 - Fracture Repair II
TBC | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County

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 stabilization of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis


Speaker: TBC
17 - Joint Diseases of the Forelimb Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

You will practice 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: TBC
18 - Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

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 prioritize 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: TBC
19 - Internal Fixation Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

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: TBC
20 - External Fixation and Bone Grafting Practical Session
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

You will practice 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
    • Familiarize 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: TBC
21 - Spinal Surgery I
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localization 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: TBC
22 - Spinal Surgery II
TBC | Surgical Education Center - University of California, Irvine Health

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: TBC

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1. An initial payment is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course or 30 days before the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.

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Find your course

This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

Learn more