Abdominal surgery – the essentials

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About the course

Key Areas

  • It all looks normal, what now? Maximising an exploratory laparotomy
  • The foreign body sweep stake – surgery of the intestinal tract
  • The dreaded Saturday night on call alone with a GDV!
  • Oh no, it’s a big fat bitch spay – ovariectomy, OHE and C-section
  • Help, all I can see is blood! Haemoabdomen, splenectomy and liver surgery
  • All about the plumbing – cystotomy tips and tricks
  • Is it surgical? Abdominal radiology for surgeons

About this course

Does the thought of doing an exploratory laparotomy fill you with dread? Would you like to feel more confident dealing with your next acute abdomen?

The aim of this course is to improve the confidence of those veterinarians who sometimes (or always) feel out of their depth when performing routine abdominal surgical procedures in small animal practice. The first day will be lecture based and cover a variety of clinical problems that can pose challenges for less experienced, and even quite experienced, surgeons. The practical day will allow candidates to perform fundamental procedures required for abdominal surgery. The focus will be on procedures that are performed in general practice.

Why do this course?
You will learn how to perform exploratory laparotomy and a range of abdominal procedures with confidence and gain insight into the clinical decision making that can optimise patient care.


Course details
Course format: Lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions
Course length: Two-day
Relevant to CertAVP module: Small Animal Surgery (C-SAS.3)


Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Zoë Halfacree, MA VetMB CertVDI CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS 
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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