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Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery

Fee: $4,800 (lodging and meals included)*

32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

* Prices increase after March 31, 2019.

Course Description

This 4-day course is designed to teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of soft tissue surgery procedures in dogs and cats. Some ‘theory’ will be included in the lecture aspect of the course, but emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects used to perform each procedure thus maximizing time in the workshop.

Procedures for the canine workshops include laryngeal tie-back, TECA-LBO, forelimb amputation, perineal hernia repair, salivary gland resection, scrotal urethrostomy, chest drain placement, anal sacculectomy, gastropexy, rapid splenectomy, caudal superficial epigastric flap, subtotal mandibulectomy and vulvarplasty.

Procedures for the feline workshops include nosectomy and pinna amputation for squamous cell carcinoma, ventral bulla osteotomy, perineal urethostomy using a dorsal approach, chest drain placement, E-tube placement and diaphragmatic hernia repair.

Video of clinical case material will be used extensively throughout the hands-on workshop 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

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Learning Objectives

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

  • How to successfully perform a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques
  • Recent developments and new techniques in soft tissue surgery
  • The instructors’ philosophical and technical views on surgical procedures performed in the lab
  • Regional anatomy related to each surgical procedure

“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

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Course Leader

Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Course Leader - Howard B. Seim IIIHoward 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 Community 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.

Additional Instructors

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

Recommended Supplemental Reading

  1. Tobia Surgery Text
  2. Fossum Surgery Text
  3. VideoVet CE video learning DVD’s (www.videovet.org)
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