Small mammal surgery – a practical approach

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About the course

Key Areas

  • Common surgical conditions and how to deal with them including;
  • – Is it surgical? – gastrointestinal obstruction in the rabbit
  • – Approach to abscesses in rabbits and rodents
  • – Improving neutering techniques for the smaller patient

About this course

The aim of this course is to improve the confidence of those veterinarians performing small mammal surgical procedures in first opinion practice. 

The first day will be lecture based and cover a variety of surgical conditions that can pose challenges for the small mammal surgeon. The second day will consist of a practical session to allow delegates to practise surgical procedures on a variety of small mammal species. These will include dental and orofacial procedures such as abscess resection, in addition to surgery of the gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems. The focus of the practical day will be on procedures that are performed in general practice.

Why do this course?
This course will be of interest to you if you see rabbits and other small mammal patients on a regular basis, and wish to update your knowledge and improve your surgical skills.

Course details
Course format: Lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions
Course length: Two-day



Joanna Hedley, BVM&S DZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology) MRCVS 
Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Vicki Baldrey, BSc BVSc DZooMed (Avian) MRCVS 
Exotics Clinician 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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