Breathe easy - managing the BOAS patient

Key Information

CPD Hours: 8 hours

Course Length: One day

Course Format: Lectures and practical sessions

Course Programme

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19 Jun 24

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Great opportunity to practice several techniques

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Brachycephalic obstructive breathing syndrome (BOAS) – medical, anaesthetic and surgical management
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery - staphylectomy, rhinoplasty, tonsillectomy
  • Brachycephalic upper airway obstruction emergency management
  • Brachycephalic anaesthesia
About this course

Would you like to enhance your skills in managing high risk patients with upper airway obstruction? 

Brachycephalic dogs and cats are increasingly popular pets and can be extremely challenging to manage in the hospital environment. They are high-risk patients and require special techniques to care for them. This is a multi-disciplinary lecture and practical course. There will be lectures from specialists in emergency and critical care, anaesthesia and surgery. We will discuss tips and tricks for managing these patients smoothly and enable you to be in the best possible position to reduce the risks for them and alleviate their owners’ and your own fears and stress.

The course will also have a cadaver practical allowing delegates to review and practise surgical techniques such as wedge resection rhinoplasty, partial staphylectomy, folded flap palatoplasty and temporary tracheostomy tube placement. In addition we will discuss post-operative recovery and how best to manage these patients when hospitalised.

Why do this course? 
This course is ideal if you would like to enhance the care you and your team can offer these challenging cases. It would be useful for general practitioners as well as vets with a special interest in emergency cases, anaesthesia and surgery.


Stefano Cortellini, DVM MVetMed DipACVECC DipECVECC FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
The Royal Veterinary College

Carolina Palacios Jimenez, DVM CertVA PGCertVetEd PhD DipECVAA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
The Royal Veterinary College

Lynda Rutherford, BVM&S MVetMed DipECVS PGCertVetEd FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

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