Soft tissue surgery - the good, the bad and the practical

Event date

03 October 2017

Venue location

Engineers' House
The Promenade
Clifton Down


Helen Dingle, 0207 908 6336

Event type

Small animal clinical CPD


Kathryn Pratschke MVB MVM CertSAS DiplECVS MRCVS, RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery



 Early birdStandard
BVA member£195 (including VAT)£235 (including VAT)
Non-memberN/A£395 (including VAT)

Early bird rate applies to bookings made more than eight weeks in advance of the course date.

Event Description

Course programme (217KB PDF)

Please note that this course is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email 

Registration will open at 09.30, with the course starting at 10.00. The course will finish at 16.00.

Surgery is a discipline that requires veterinary surgeons not just to learn the background theory, but also to accumulate experience and in doing so to build up clinical judgement. There are some areas however where the theory is difficult to translate into practice without some sort of guidance.  

This course aims to review some of these areas together with some of the potential pitfalls and practical tips to help avoid them. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Getting the most out of each and every ex lap including the question of what to biopsy, when, how many and how safe is it?
  • How to cope with an abdominal emergency - step by step from arrival to surgery
  • How not to make a bad situation worse – surgery and tumours in practice

In addition to this, the advice about how to manage soft tissue sarcomas in dogs and cats has evolved a lot in recent years, with the result that there are now many different recommendations available depending on where you go for information, some of which contradict each other!  A patient-focused, best practice approach will be reviewed with case examples to illustrate typical problems and challenges.

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • How to maximise the benefits from ‘diagnostic’ ex laps
  • Sampling techniques within the abdomen
  • How to manage the acute abdomen in a practical way
  • The best practice in managing surgical tumours in practice  
  • The current advice for soft tissue sarcomas

Please note - if you want to book three courses for the price of two please call Helen Dingle on 020 7908 6336.

Terms & Conditions

Payment conditions Payment for BVA courses must be received in advance to guarantee your place. On acceptance of your booking a confirmation letter will be sent to you. Prices are subject to 20% VAT and bookings will be confirmed with a VAT notice. Member discount Please note that in order to qualify for the member discount it must be the member that attends the course. A member cannot book on behalf of a non-member to benefit from the discount. If a non-member attends in place of a member, they will be liable to pay the additional non-member fee. Book 3 courses for the price of 2 This offer is only valid for BVA members. All 3 courses must be booked at the same time. The cheapest course will be free. A practice may book using the offer and send a different member of their team to each course. This offer is only valid for BVA 2017 CPD courses and excludes media training courses and any webinars. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer relating to BVA CPD. Cancellation policy In event of cancellations received in writing no later than one calendar month in advance of the course, the fee will be returned less 25% to cover administration expenses. After that date no refunds will be possible. Substitutions may be made at any time, however, please see the condition about the member discount. Programme information The programme is correct at the time of going to press. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the programme may change and BVA reserves the right to cancel the event or alter the venue and/or speakers. Where circumstances force BVA to cancel a course, the liability of BVA shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid for the courses. BVA is not liable for any consequential loss.

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