• Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery

    Fee: $4,450 (lodging and meals included)*

    This course is now sold out, however spots are available at our NAVC Discovery event in Buffalo, NY.


    32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

    * Prices increase after March 31, 2017. 

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    This four-day course is designed to teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery procedures. Some ‘theory’ will be included in the lectures but emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects used to perform each procedure thus maximizing time in the lab. Topics have been chosen that represent surgical conditions commonly seen in veterinary practice and include salivary gland resection, TECALBO, laryngeal tie-back, scrotal urethrostomy, penile urethrotomy chest drain placement, 10-minute gastropexy, 4-ligature splenectomy, diaphragmatic hernia repair, anal sacculectomy, stifle arthrotomy, extracapsular stabilization for ruptured ACL, medial patellar luxation techniques and femoral head and neck excision. Specific feline surgery techniques will include perineal urethrostomy – a new approach, esophagostomy tube placement, chest tube placement, nasal planum resection and femoral head and neck excision via a ventral approach. Video of clinical case material will be used extensively throughout the laboratory to help illustrate each technique.

    “The surgery went exactly as you showed us in class. I never would have attempted it if I hadn’t attended your class, so thank you!”

    -Dr. Cabeza, NAVC Institute Attendee




    By the end of this course participants will have a thorough understanding of:

    “The Soft Tissue Surgery course was fantastic! Right from the start, I learned practical skills and gained confidence in order to go back to my practice and incorporate these skills into my surgical skill set.”

    – Jayme Motler, NAVC Institute Attendee


    This course is designed for veterinarians interested in providing a higher level of surgical treatment for a variety of practical soft tissue and orthopedic surgery techniques in their practice. Techniques have been chosen that treat common disorders seen in practice everyday. If you have been thinking of incorporating more soft tissue and orthopedic surgery into your practice then this course is a must.






    Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

    Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

    Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Community’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet, a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series.


    Clara S.S. Goh, BVSc, MS, DACVS
    Sarah Marvel, DVM, MS, DACVS
    Jessica Barrera, DVM, MS, DACVS

    Recommended Supplemental Reading:

    1. Veterinary Small Animal Surgery, 2011, Author: Karen M. Tobias, Publisher: Elsevier.

    2. VideoVet – Soft Tissue Surgery Video Series, 2013, Author: Howard B. Seim, III, Publisher: VideoVet. videovet.org.

    3. Small Animal Surgery, 4th Edition, Author: Theresa Welch Fossum, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, Publisher: Elsevier.



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