• Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery

    Fee: $4,600 (lodging and meals included)*

    32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

    * Prices increase after April 1, 2018. 

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    This 4-day course is designed to teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of soft tissue 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. This course will include one day (Monday, May 21) of SynDaver cadavers that will allow us to teach abdominal visceral organ surgery!* SynDavers are 100% synthetic in construction thus making abdominal visceral surgery possible. In addition pathology can be added to the organs to give a more realistic ‘feel’ to the procedure. Procedures that you will perform on the SynDaver model includes enterotomy, intestinal anastomosis, gastrotomy, partial gastrectomy, cystotomy, partial cystectomy, liver biopsy, partial liver lobectomy and rapid splenectomy. In addition to the SynDaver experience we will have two days of canine cadaver procedures and one day of feline surgery techniques. Procedures for the canine labs include laryngeal tie-back, TECA-LBO, forelimb amputation, perineal hernia repair, salivary gland resection, scrotal urethrostomy, chest drain placement, anal sacculectomy, gastropexy and rapid splenectomy. Procedures for the feline lab include nosectomy for squamous cell ca, ventral bulla osteotomy, PU – dorsal approach, chest drain placement and E-tube placement. 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 should 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

    *NEW – SynDaver Canine

    The SynDaver Canine: An innovative method for hands-on learning. The SynDaver canine offers accurate anatomy, tissue handling as well as visceral pathology that mimics the in vivo clinical scenario. Actively perfused tissues under physiologic pressures ensure that the surgeon is able to apply secure ligatures during many surgical procedures including splenectomy and partial liver lobectomy. Additionally, gastrointestinal procedures such as resection and anastomosis and gastrostomy can be performed in near perfect tissue with accurate pathology (i.e. foreign bodies, devitalized appearing bowel) which allows for perfection of surgical technique in these critical procedures.



    Course Leader

    Howard B. Seim III,

    Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

    Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS, graduated from Washington State University, where he then 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 and is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was a recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009.

    Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet, a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series, and more information can be found at www.videovet.org.


    Kristin Coleman, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
    Christopher Gauthier, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
    Sarah Marvel, DVM, DACVS-SA, ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology


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