Abdominal surgery – the essentials

Key Information

CPD Hours: 16 hours 8 hours for the recorded webinars and 8 hours for the practical day

Course Length: One day

Course Format: Recorded lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions

Course Programme

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Excellent content and insights into smallest details. Thorough explanation into every aspect of abdominal surgeries.

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Maximising an exploratory laparotomy
  • Abdominal radiographs for surgeons
  • Surgery of the intestinal tract
  • The dreaded Saturday night on call, alone with a GDV!
  • Ovariectomy, OHE and C-section
  • Haemoabdomen, splenectomy and liver surgery
About this course

Please note this course is scheduled to run on Wednesday 30th October 2024. Please email cpd@rvc.ac.uk to register your interest.

Does your heart sink when you see there is a large dog neuter on the surgery list? Do you hesitate to do an exploratory laparotomy even though in your heart you know it is the next best diagnostic step? Would you like to feel more confident dealing with your next acute abdomen?

This course of recorded webinars will be followed by an all-day practical. The aim of this course is to improve the confidence of those veterinarians who sometimes (or always) feel out of their depth when performing routine abdominal surgical procedures in small animal practice.

The practical day will allow you to perform fundamental procedures required for abdominal surgery ranging from entering the abdomen safely, tying secure ligatures, isolating organs within the abdomen and developing a systematic approach to exploration of the abdominal cavity.

Why do this course?
You will learn how to perform exploratory laparotomy and a range of abdominal procedures with confidence and gain insight into the clinical decision making that can optimise patient care.

Lecture programme (recorded webinars which will be made available to watch before the practical day):

  • It all looks normal, what now? - maximising your exploratory laparotomy
  • Is it surgical? - Abdominal radiographs for surgeons
  • What are we going to find? - Foreign bodies and surgery of the intestinal tract
  • Help, all I can see is blood! - Haemoabdomen, splenectomy and liver surgery
  • The dreaded Saturday night on call, alone with a GDV!
  • Oh no, it's a big fat bitch spay - ovariectomy, OHE and C-section

Anna Frykfors von Hekkel, BVetMed(Hons) PGDipVCP MVetMed PGCertVetEd DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Rhiannon Strickland, BVetMed MVetMed PGCertVetEd DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

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