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By Lis Churchward

Countdown to Cutting Edge Surgery Conference, 10-14 September, Gold Coast

This is going to be great - 4 days devoted to surgery!

Philip A Moses

Founding Partner Veterinary Specialist Services
Specialist Small Animal Surgeon
Adjunct Professor University of Queensland
Member Veterinary Board of Queensland


Phil Moses, one of Australia’s preeminent veterinary surgeons and part of the talented team presenting next month’s Cutting Edge Surgery Conference (10-14 September, Gold Coast) is also one of Australia’s finest veterinary educators.

At the top of his game, Phil manages to share his impressive expertise and experience and impart state-of-the-art knowledge in a highly professional yet quintessential laid-back Australian manner (evidenced by his great image caption headlining this blog!). Inclusive and interactive, participants always enjoy his lively and interesting sessions.

Phil, like all the presenters involved in this conference, has a sincere and genuine wish to help other vets by sharing the do’s and don’ts he’s learnt along the way in his career so that you will feel far more confident and competent at the end of this conference to deal with those situations that you weren’t expecting (the theme for Day 1).

Everyone’s busy, and there's a multitude of conferences competing for your attention, so we thought we’d cut to the chase and ask Phil to define, in a nutshell, what he will be imparting to participants at the conference. Phil’s ‘Top 3 Tips’ for vets undertaking airway surgery on brachycephalic animals are:-

  1. Communicate thoroughly and comprehensively with your clients prior to surgery – this is absolutely essential.
  2. Follow Halstead’s Principles of Surgery, especially for Gentle Tissue Handling.
  3. Monitor closely – postoperative 24-hour care is strongly advised. If you have problems reintubate early - don't let them struggle.


Figure 1. Immune-mediated oropharyngeal disease is not uncommon in brachycephalic breeds. 

Figure 2. Routine preoperative CT scan is very informative for airway, GIT and neurological problems for brachycephalic breeds 

Figure 3. Brachycephalic post op care - monitor closely 

Figure 4. Following brachycephalic surgery, monitor closely postoperatively and do not extubate until as late as possible.

Don’t miss the opportunity to devote 4 days to small animal soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery with some of the world’s finest surgeons!


International speaker Australian speakers:        
Howie Seim Tania Banks Lucas Beierer Gordon Corfield Philip Moses Chris Tan








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