1337 Surgery Refresher

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About the course

You need a broad surgical skill set to manage the range of cases you’ll see in small animal practice. Whether you’re carrying out a surgical intervention for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, you need a sound understanding of basic surgical principles and the ability to perform an array of surgical techniques effectively.

Whether you are a recent graduate or you’re returning to small animal practice after some time away, this three day course will enhance your confidence and ability when performing a range of surgical procedures including suturing, wound management, tumour biopsy and the surgical management of common abdominal diseases focusing on the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts.

What you’ll learn:

  • Review of the commonly used suture materials, suture patterns and knots – which ones to use where and when
  • Simple surgical site closure techniques
  • How to perform effective open wound management
  • How to place tubes and drains (including oesophagostomy tubes and pleural drains)
  • Common skin tumours and how to obtain a definitive diagnosis via appropriate biopsy techniques
  • Urinary tract obstruction; your guide to patient stabilization and definitive surgical management
  • How to unblock the most persistent of urethral obstructions
  • How to perform an intestinal biopsy, enterotomy and enterectomy safely and effectively
  • Septic peritonitis; a guide to patient stabilization and surgical management
  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus; your guide to patient stabilization and surgical management
  • How to perform an incisional gastropexy
  • How to carry out a splenectomy
  • Essential practical tips for the best outcomes
  • Extensive practical sessions to develop your skills and confidence with hands-on help

 After the essential theory, you’ll practise the surgical techniques in small group, practical wet-lab sessions. Discuss specific c queries or concerns with expert and approachable tutors and leave the course with the confidence and skills that you need for general soft tissue surgery in today’s small animal practice.

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