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Cutting Edge Surgery Conference

Small Animal Soft Tissue and Orthopeadic Surgery Conference

Small Animal Soft Tissue & Orthopaedic Surgery

Have you ever:

  • Opened an abdomen expecting one thing only to find something else?

  • Had that frustrating lameness case, where you can’t decide if its neurological or orthopaedic, or where the lameness is coming from?

  • Wondered why fracture repairs look so different now, compared to just 10 years ago? 

Well, if you have, then this 4-day conference has been designed for you! The theme for day 1 is 'I didn’t know I could do that!' and we will explore conditions unexpectedly encountered during exploratory laparotomy, such as liver and gall bladder pathology, gastrointestinal perforation and abdominal trauma.

Day 2 will focus on airway surgery and wound management with many tips and tricks from the experts. Day 3 will comprehensively cover the approach to challenging forelimb, hindlimb and neurological causes of lameness, with many case examples and a state of the art update on a number of conditions including wobbler disease and joint replacements. Day 4, the final day, will explore the recent changes in fracture management, including a review of locking plates and mini implants and how to best use them in a clinical setting. Fractures in toy breeds and minimally invasive osteosynthesis will be discussed with several case examples to demonstrate the most recent recommendations in fracture repair.

This great line up of local and international speakers will present a course designed for general practitioners who want to improve their surgical and diagnostic capabilities, with ample time for panel discussion and questions. Held on the beautiful Gold Coast and covering both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, this is the surgical conference for 2018 and we will see you all there.



Monday 10 - Thursday 13 September 2018
8.30 - 17.00
Early Bird
29 July 2018
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
2807 Gold Coast Highway
Surfers Paradise QLD



Chris is a registered specialist in small animal surgery working at Sydney's latest veterinary specialist centre, Sydney Veterinary Emergency and Specialists. He holds an academic appointment at the Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. Collaborating with fellow veterinarians, biomechanical engineers and human surgeons from a variety of fields, Chris hopes to bring the latest technologies and techniques to the field of veterinary surgery. Chris continues his passion for teaching through his involvement with the Centre for Veterinary Education as a Surgery Distance Education and practical workshop tutor, the Asia Pacific group of AOVET and mentoring membership candidates for the ANZCVS.


Philip graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until he moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. He completed a Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994 then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Philip commenced a residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane; completed his MACVSc in 1998; moved to the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar and then became head of Surgery in 2000. In 2001 he became a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. He registered as a Specialist in 2003 after completing a FACVSc in Small Animal Surgery and soon after was appointed as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. 

Phillip's surgical interests include urinary tract, vascular, neurological and orthopaedic surgery. Philip was President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons 2010-2014 and is currently a Councillor of the College. Philip has been one of two elected member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland since 2009. In 2014 Philip was awarded the Inaugural Conservation Award by Australia Zoo for his surgical work with wildlife. Philip was the Mark S. Bloomberg Lecturer at the 2016 NAVC Conference in Florida. Philip lectures widely in South East Asia to help promote and improve animal care. Philip also collects Cadillac motor cars and is the Vice President of the Cadillac LaSalle Club of Queensland. Philip is the father of six beautiful children, an owner of Pugs, Dachshunds and Burmese cats and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.


Lucas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland and immediately undertook a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists. He then completed surgical internships in Adelaide and Perth and also gained tertiary qualification in adult education. He undertook a residency in small animal surgery at Murdoch University whilst also completing a masters of veterinary surgery looking at the biomechanics of locking plates.

Lucas was accepted by examination as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Surgery chapter) in 2011. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal in 2015 and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 2016. He has spent several years working in the Northwest of England prior to making the decision to return home to Brisbane. He has a broad array of surgical training and clinical experiences, enabling him to offer the very best to his clients.


Gordon graduated in 1996 from the University of Queensland. After two years in dairy practice in Victoria, he moved to small animal medicine in 1998, working in Brisbane, England and Sydney. In 2003 he commenced a residency in small animal surgery at Murdoch University, completing it in 2005, then moved to Rivergum Referral Services. He was awarded his Fellowship in small animal surgery and became a registered specialist in 2008 when he moved back to the Gold Coast where he has been working at Veterinary Specialist Services ever since. He became a director of VSS in 2013. Gordon is currently the head of the ANZCVS small animal surgery chapter examination committee.


Howie Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series:

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