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Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery


May 22-25, 2023 | Orlando, FL

30 CE credit hours (RACE approved) 

Course Description

This 4-day course is designed to teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of soft tissue surgical procedures in dogs and cats. Some theory will be included in the lecture aspect of the course, but the 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 vulvoplasty.

Procedures for the feline workshops include nosectomy and pinna amputation for squamous cell carcinoma, ventral bulla osteotomy, perineal urethrostomy 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

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 hands-on workshops.
  • Regional anatomy related to each surgical procedure.

“Great level of in-depth knowledge in the Soft Tissue Surgery Course, while the lectures were also kept to a level of detail that allowed for easy-to-understand procedures. The labs directly following the lecture were instrumental in helping to solidify what was discussed during the lecture.”

– Surgery Course Attendee

Course Leader

Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Course Leader - Howard B. Seim III 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 was selected as the North American Veterinary Community Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is the founder of VideoVet, a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series. More information can be found at

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