Soft Tissue Surgery Masterclass

Ft. Lauderdale, FL May 1-2, 2021
Fort Collins, CO Jun 5-6, 2021
Orange, CA Oct 2-3, 2021

Soft Tissue Surgery Masterclass


This course is designed to teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of soft tissue surgery procedures. Some ‘theory’ will be included in the lectures, but emphasis will be placed on ‘how’ to perform each procedure. This will maximize the time participants spend in the lab. Topics have been chosen that represent surgical conditions commonly seen in veterinary practice and include salivary gland resection, scrotal urethrostomy, anal sacculectomy, laryngeal tie-back, lateral ear resection, total ear canal ablation-lateral bulla osteotomy (TECA-LBO), 15-minute gastropexy, diaphragmatic hernia repair, rapid splenectomy and percutaneous chest drain placement. Emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects used to perform each procedure. Videos of clinical case material will be used extensively throughout the lectures to help illustrate each technique before practising them in the practical lab.

A maximum of 12 delegates per instructor in the practical sessions will be allowed.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for all veterinary surgeons interested in providing a higher level of surgical treatment for a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques in their practice.


By the end of this course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to successfully and confidently perform a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques
  • Recent developments and new techniques in soft tissue surgery
  • The relevant regional anatomy for each procedure performed

All delegates will have the opportunity to practice the following techniques during the lab:

  • Salivary mucocele
  • Urethrotomy/Urethrostomy (canine male; scrotal, penile)
  • Vulvarplasty (canine female) Palpate urethra-female
  • Percutaneous chest drain placement – a novel technique
  • Unilateral arytenoid lateralization
  • Lateral ear resection
  • Anal Sacculectomy
  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastropexy

Special emphasis will be given to practicing suture techniques:

  • Bury knots
  • Bury final continuous knot
  • Intradermal (subcuticular)
  • Sticky slip knot technique
  • ‘Slide’ the square knot


Price includes course notes and all theoretical and Practical sessions.

In the practical sessions, delegates will be working on cadavers to practice the surgical techniques in groups of 2 delegates.

Coffee breaks and lunch are included on both days.

Before and after the course delegates will have access to the Improve International moodle platform. In this platform a number of resources can be available that range from course notes, videos, webinars, etc, depending on the course. Also pre and post course assessments and exercises will be available.

A VideoVet DVD of the taught techniques will be given to all participants.

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Course Details

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  Date:
May 1-2, 2021


Fort Collins, CO

  Date:
Jun 5-6, 2021


Orange, CA

  Date:
Oct 2-3, 2021


p Type:
Two-day Course

d Category:
Soft Tissue/Emergency Surgery

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

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CE Hours:

Course Price:
Refundable Deposit: $245

Early Bird (60 days or more): Deposit + $2,205

Late Subscription (less than 60 days): Deposit + $2,455

Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

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