Small Animal Surgery 2021 The Orthopaedic Year

Small Animal Surgery 2021

An in-depth and practical modular Small Animal Surgery program focussed on orthopaedics.

The flagship Improve Small Animal Surgery program is in the final year of this format in 2021. 

This intensive Orthopaedic Surgery year is made up of 12 modules, incorporating a combination of blended learning – with online theory weekends, webinar follow-ups and 5 days of practical workshops, to get your hands dirty.

The program will give you:

  • Opportunity to build on prior surgical knowledge under the guidance of world-class teachers
  • Increase your competence and confidence in a range of orthopaedic procedures
  • Engage in a community of like-minded colleagues & specialists
  • Provide an enhanced range of services to your clients and patients
  • Generate increased revenue in your practice
  • 12 month subscription to Bite-sized CDP online resource platform
 

Pursue post-nominal qualifications, with the full program accredited for the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (GPCert SAS) with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies*

Course Highlights

The Program

The Orthopaedic Year has online theory weekends followed by focussed workshops, and face to face sessions. The practical sessions are run in Brisbane, Queensland, pending COVID restrictions in 2021.

The two full weekend practical workshops will allow you to refine your orthopaedic surgery skills with a focus on fracture repair, the use of internal/external fixation and neurology/spinal surgical techniques. All practical sessions are undertaken in a clean modern facility, with the friendly supervision of specialist surgeons. You will be able to practice techniques, trial procedures and become part of close group of like minded colleagues. 

To complement the ZOOM theory sessions and face-to-face sessions, the online learning platform is an ongoing resource for delegates. This will offer easy and convenient access to module notes, ZOOM webinar recordings, an interactive delegate discussion board forum and other resources. 

Please note, all online theory and ZOOM sessions are recorded for viewing and are accessible to delegates for a minimum of 12 months..

Those delegates who enrol in the Orthopaedic Year may have the option of enrolling for the the blended Year 2 Soft Tissue Program in 2022. This would allow registration for GPCert(SAS) with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. Please contact the Team directly to find out more on this option info.au@improveinternational.com

Small Animal Surgery 2021
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Small Animal Surgery 2021 Modules (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Module 1 (Theoretical): Joint Diseases of the Forelimb

Speaker:

Dr Alastair Franklin MA (Cantab), VetMB, CertSAS, FANZCVS, MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Revise the conditions of the elbow including luxations, IOHC, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders

Module 2 (Theoretical): Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb

Speaker:

Dr Alastair Franklin MA (Cantab), VetMB, CertSAS, FANZCVS, MRCVS

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of the myriad of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate
  • Consider alternative causes of stifle dysfunction than the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Revise the underlying causes of patellar luxation when choosing a surgical approach
  • Perfect your knowledge of hock anatomy and the conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Review the conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia & luxation and familiarise yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement

 

Module 3 (Practical): Joint Diseases of the Forelimb

Speaker:

Dr Alastair Franklin MA (Cantab), VetMB, CertSAS, FANZCVS, MRCVS

 

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key learning objectives:

  • Shoulder Joint
    • Revise the surgical approaches to the joint and perform a bicipital tenotomy
  • Elbow Joint
    • Elbow dysplasia is a widespread and complex disease – review which surgical approaches to the joint are most appropriate for your individual cases
  • Carpus
    • Sometimes a salvage procedure is the only option – meticulous technique will enhance your ability to perform carpal arthrodesis

Module 4 (Practical): Joint Disease of the Hindlimb

Speaker:

Dr Alastair Franklin MA (Cantab), VetMB, CertSAS, FANZCVS, MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Hip joint
    • Sometimes the best option is to perform a femoral head and neck ostectomy and good technique should allow a quick return to weight bearing
  • Stifle joint I
    • Extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament disease can still be a valid treatment provided you prioritise thorough meniscal inspection
  • Stifle joint II
    • Surgical correction of a luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition will benefit many of your small dog patients
  • Tarsus
    • Arthrodesis of the hock can be the only option – choose whether to perform a partial or pantarsal arthrodesis

Module 5 (Theoretical): Fracture Repair I

Speaker:

Dr Kieri Jermyn BVSc, CertSAS, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform the initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Be familiar with the descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Apply the principles of fracture repair and decision making in fracture repair to your cases
  • Appreciate the variety of methods available for fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

Module 6 (Theoretical): Fracture Repair II

Speaker:

Dr Kieri Jermyn BVSc, CertSAS, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Be familiar with the options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Describe the stabilisation of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

Module 7 (Practical): Internal Fixation

Speaker:

Dr Kieri Jermyn BVSc, CertSAS, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS

 

During this practical session you will perform the following procedures:
Key learning objectives:

  • Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair using a bone plate and screws
  • Humeral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws
  • Femoral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws

Module 8 (Practical): External Fixation & Bone Grafting

Speaker:

Dr Kieri Jermyn BVSc, CertSAS, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Familiarise yourself with the pins, bars and clamps
  • Tibial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type II linear frame
  • Comminuted Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type Ib linear frame

Module 9 (Theoretical) - Spinal Surgery I

Speaker:

Dr Lucas Beierer BVSc GradDipEd MACVS MVetSurg DACVS-SA (Specialist)

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localisation to your spinal cases via a systematic neurological examination and its’ interpretation
  • Understand the application of neurodiagnostics
  • Appreciate the approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Be familiar with the clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

Module 10 (Theoretical): Spinal Surgery II

Speaker:

Dr Lucas Beierer BVSc GradDipEd MACVS MVetSurg DACVS-SA (Specialist)

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the surgical options for spinal surgery according to site
  • Cervical spine
    • Ventral slot procedure
  • Thoracolumbar spine
    • Hemilaminectomy
  • Lumbosacral spine
    • Dorsal laminectomy
  • CSF tap and Myelography
    • Identify the appropriate landmarks for acquiring CSF samples and obtaining diagnostic myelograms
  • Observe a demonstration of the above procedures performed by the speaker in the wet lab.

Course Speakers

Dr Alastair Franklin
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Dr Alastair Franklin

Alastair graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine, preceded by an intercalated degree in Biological Anthropology.

Dr Kieri Jermyn
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Dr Kieri Jermyn

Dr Kieri Jermyn BVSc, CertSAS, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS Following graduation from the University of Queensland, Kieri spent 2 years in private practice in Australia before relocating to the United Kingdom. She initially w …

Dr Lucas Beierer
Small Animal Surgery ​ Improve International Australia

Dr Lucas Beierer

Dr Lucas Beierer BVSc GradDipEd MACVS MVetSurg DACVS-SA (Specialist) Lucas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland and immediately undertook a rotating internship here at QVS. Surgical internships t …

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