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 10 modules, incorporating a combination of blended learning – with online theory weekends, webinar follow-ups and 5 days of practical and demonstration workshops, to get your hands dirty.

The program will give you:

  • Opportunity to build on prior surgical knowledge under the guidance of world-class specialists
  • Increase your competence and confidence in a wide 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
  • Works towards a post-graduate qualification with the full 2 year program
 

The two year program is now accredited for the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (GPCert SAS) by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies

Course Highlights

The Program

The Orthopaedic Year has online weekend theory sessions followed by hands-on practical 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 clean modern wetlabs, with the friendly supervision of specialist surgeons. You will practice common and advanced techniques, trial procedures and become part of close group of like-minded colleagues. To complement the ZOOM theory and face-to-face sessions, the online learning platform is an ongoing resource for delegates. This will offer convenient access to module content, webinar recordings*, an interactive delegate discussion board forum and other resources. 

Those delegates who enrol in the Orthopaedic Year have the option of enrolling for the the blended Year 2 Soft Tissue Program in 2022. This allows for registration of the GPCert(SAS) with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies.

Please contact the Team info.au@improveinternational.com directly to find out more on  Soft Tissue Distance and Blended Learning Program  

*All online theory and ZOOM sessions are recorded for viewing and are accessible to delegates for a minimum of 12 months

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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.

Hear from one of our recent Small Animal Surgery Delegates

"I loved this program - both the theory and practical sessions. The online format this year actually worked really well for me as it was abit tricky for me to travel. The pracs have been invaluable - all the specialists were approachable and very generous with their time and knowledge. I did like the smaller prac sizes and I got so much out of the pracs. My plan was always to use the course as a basis for memberships, and it’s definitely provided that."

Naomi F SAS 2019-2020 Program Delegate

Payment Options

AU $1,000 initial deposit to secure your place. The balance of fees must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to program start.

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Full Payment Upfront (Total payable AU $10,500 incl GST)

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Payment Plan through VetEdPay* (AU $10,500 + $195 administration fee)

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Course Speakers

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

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 Jason Mouatt BVSc FANZCVS

Dr Jason Mouatt BVSc FANZCVS

Dr Jason Mouatt is a University of Queensland (BVSc) graduate who, upon graduation, spent 5 years in general small animal and equine practice.  In 1999, he returned to the University of Queensland to complete a resi …

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

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 …

FAQ

What are the entry requirements for this program?

It is recommended you have a minimum of 1 year clinical experience to register in this program. It is most beneficial to practitioners who have had some significant surgical experience and are in a busy clinical practice. Please contact the Improve Team directly if you wish to discuss your suitability.

How many CPD Points are credited for this program

With the online program format, webinars, tutes and practicals, the SAS Ortho year is 60 hrs.

How long is the program in 2021?

The SAS Ortho Year is usually run over 10 months, however in 2021 it will be consolidated as delegates in 2020 missed out on practical sessions due to COVID. The program is scheduled to run May 2020 to Nov 2020. Please be aware if the COVID situation in Australia changes, this may alter the schedule.

How does the program work in terms of theory modules and practical modules?

All the SAS theory modules will be presented by our Surgical Specialists as a series of live online ZOOM webinars. While they will run with the majority of Module content presented over weekend sessions, we will often break up online sessions and do follow up Sessions on a weeknight.

What if I cannot attend a live webinar modules/weekends?

The live ZOOM theory modules are recorded and uploaded to the learning platform. They can be watched and reviewed online afterwards. The practical modules are compulsory. To be eligible for the GPCert, delegates must attend all practical modules sessions and either attend live or watch all theory modules recordings.

Is there an online component to this course?

Delegates receive access to our online learning platform where they can download digital copies of their notes (hard copies supplied on the day) and any other materials supplied by the speakers. They can also watch session recordings on the platform and engage with their cohort via the delegate discussion forum

How much practical time is included?

In the Orthopaedic Year, there are 4 full practical days, split over two weekends. Total practical time is a minimum of 24 CPD Units (more 48 for NSW registered vets). There is also a mixed final Module – with Modules 21 & 22 including wetlab demonstration practicals of intervertebral disc surgery approaches and also myelography/imaging demonstration. There is usually some opportunity to practice the imaging/myelography procedures

Do I need to bring any equipment to the practicals?

No. All practicals are fully supplied/equipped by Improve. Disposable gowns are provided but you may wish to bring your own scrubs for your comfort. Also, head lights and magnifying head loupes are recommended if you usually use these in surgery as these cannot be shared.

Can I enrol in one year then decide later if I want to enrol in the second year?

Yes. Currently the Ortho program year is fully self-contained and may be completed as a stand-alone one-year course. Please see tab below for information on the SAS Soft Tissue year.

I want to know more about the Soft Tissue Small Animal Surgery Year.

From 2022 the SAS Soft Tissue Year will have a completely online theory format, run as part of the global program Small Animal Surgery Distance and Blended Learning Program link.

 

The programs practical Sessions are 5-day consolidated block of practicals, at the end of each theory year. These are proposed to run in Australia, USA and the UK but details are to be confirmed.

Is the Ortho Year part of an accredited GPCert SAS program

Currently, the Ortho year is part of the accredited GPCert SAS training program for 2020/21, by the International School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies.

 

Formal accreditation for the SAS Program 2021/22 mixed format is pending for early 2021.

I am interested in gaining further qualifications - will this program help me with that?

The SAS two year program has previously been accredited as a General Practitioner Cert Small Animal Surgery accredited program. The GPCert SAS qualification is achieved by completing an accredited training program, registering with the International School of Veterinary Post-Graduate Studies and completing their requirements for assessment, including final online examinations. Please see full details here.

What about the ANZCVS Memberships in Small Animal Surgery - will this program help me with that?

This program completes the learning objectives of the GPCert SAS syllabus and is not intended to fully cover the ANZCVS Membership requirements. The program will provide a solid clinical and practical knowledge that will definitely benefit those undertaking further study in small animal surgery and a number of our program participants have used it for preparation.

 

This program completes the learning objectives of the GPCert SAS syllabus and is not intended to fully cover the ANZCVS Membership requirements. The program will provide a solid clinical and practical knowledge that will definitely benefit those undertaking further study in small animal surgery and a number of our program participants have used it for preparation.

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