Brachycephalic Upper Airway Surgery Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Brachycephalic Upper Airway Surgery Workshop

Brachycephalic Upper Airway Surgery Workshop

This workshop is designed to give practitioners a good understanding of the problems associated with upper airway surgery in brachycephalic breeds.

 We will cover anatomy, pathophysiology and the different treatment options for these dogs.

This practical workshop will give participants the opportunity to perform the following surgical procedures:

  • Staphylectomy - soft palate resection
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Grade 1 laryngeal collapse – resection of ventricles
  • Stenotic Nares - Wedge Alarplasty – opening of the nares
  • Oxygen placement options
  • Laryngeal paralysis – crico-arytenoid lateralisation
  • Temporary Tracheostomy
  • Permanent Tracheostomy

Welfare implications of brachycephaly will also be discussed.

“Very relevant to private practice. Excellent speaker.”

Carolyn Warburton

“Philip Moses is such an amazing veterinarian and his lectures inspires me to learn more.”

Lisa-Marie Brown

Learning Objectives

On completion of this workshop participants will -

  • Have an understanding of the anatomy of brachycephalic dogs – and how this differs from mesocephalic animals
  • Be familiar with the surgical procedures relevant to relieving the clinical signs of brachycephaly

Participant Equipment Requirements

Participants are required to bring scrubs or suitable protective clothing and shoes as well as a head light/lamp (essential).

Please also bring the equipment listed below so that you get the most benefit from the day and have the right equipment for the procedures in the future. 

Failure to bring these instruments may impede your ability to participate in the practical sessions.

  • 1 x Hegar-Mayo needle driver 18-20cm
  • 1 x number 3 scalpel handle
  • 1 x Adson forceps 12-15cm
  • 1 x DeBakey forceps 18-20cm
  • 1 x Long - Rat Tooth Forceps 25cm
  • 1 x curved Metzenbaum Scissors 20-23cm
  • 1 x Mayo Scissors 18cm
  • 1 x suture scissors 13-15cm
  • 1 x Freer Periosteal Elevator sharp / blunt ended 18cm
  • 4 x Halstead-Mosquito forceps 125cm
  • 6 x Backhaus towel clamps 9cm
  • 2 x Medium Gelpi Retractors with deep arms 14cm or 15cm


Saturday 30 May 2020
8.00 - 5.00
Early Bird
12 April 2020
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Dr
Camperdown NSW



Philip graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and has worked in the private and University practice in Australia, the UK and the USA. Philip was a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane in 2000 and registered as a Small Animal Surgical Specialist in 2003. Appointment as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. Surgical interests include brachycephalic airway syndrome, spinal anomalies particularly of brachycephalic dogs, spinal surgery – especially IVDD in chondrodystropic dogs, reconstructive surgery as well as all aspects of soft tissue, neurological and orthopaedic surgery. For the last 20 years Philip has lectured widely in Australia, North America and South East Asia to help promote and improve animal care and welfare. One of his key interests is promoting the welfare of Brachycephalic dogs including advocating changes to improve these breeds.

Philip is the father of six beautiful children, an owner of Pugs, Dachshunds and Burmese cats and a devoted, if tragic, supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.

Course Fees

Member typeEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMemberN/A$1608
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members


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