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Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery – SOLD OUT

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

32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

* Prices increase after April 1, 2018.

Inclusive Value — Get All This For One Fee:

The all-inclusive course fee includes:

  • Registration (exclusive 4-day access to a world-class course)
  • Lodging (luxurious one-bedroom suite in a five-star resort)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks and receptions)
  • Course notes (reference tools for the course and back at the practice)
  • 32 CE credit hours (earn credits in a highly relevant skill you’ve always wanted)
  • Special Exhibit Hall access (see the latest tools and get special offers)
  • A FREE transferable registration to the VMX (worth $700)
  • A FREE individual VetFolio annual subscription (worth $300)
  • A FREE annual Today’s Veterinary Business print + digital subscription*
  • A FREE annual Today’s Veterinary Nurse print + digital subscription*
  • A FREE annual Today’s Veterinary Practice print + digital subscription*
  • Opportunity to participate in a passport program in the exhibit hall and win great prizes


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) that will allow us to teach abdominal visceral organ surgery! 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

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By the end of this course participants should 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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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 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


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