Surgical procedures of the head and neck

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About the course

Key Areas

  • The larynx -laryngeal paralysis - arytenoid laterlisation, biopsy procedures
  • The trachea - temporary tracheostomy placement
  • Ventral neck - exploration for stick injuries, foreign bodies, abscesses, thyroidectomy
  • Sinonasal aspergillosus - frontal sinus trephination, placement of nasal catheters
  • Ear - Lateral approach to the ear canal, total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy, ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Nose - rhinoplasty, lateral nasal resectio

About this course

Do you find surgical procedures of the head and neck a challenge?

This is predominantly a practical course, which will leave you feeling enthusiastic and confident to tackle surgical cases of the head and neck in cats and dogs. There will be introductory lectures describing the disease processes, diagnostic challenges, surgical procedures and post-operative management followed by cadaver practicals. We will review the complex anatomy of the head and neck and discuss common conditions such as laryngeal paralysis including diagnosis, stabilisation, surgery and post-operative management.

Why do this course?
This course will give veterinarians with some surgical experience more confidence to start operating on the head and neck.

Course details
Course format: Lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions
Course length: Two-day
Relevant to CertAVP module: Soft Tissue Surgery (C-SAS.2)



Lynda Rutherford, BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS FHEA MRCVS 
Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Poppy Bristow, BVetMed MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS 
Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow and Lecturer in Small Ani

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