Soft Tissue Surgery Workshop I | Centre for Veterinary Education

Soft Tissue Surgery Workshop I

Soft Tissue Surgery Workshop I

Do not miss the opportunity to be taught by one of the world’s leading Soft Tissue Surgeons, Howie Seim.

Howie is Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Colorado State University and is returning to Australia to share his knowledge and expertise.

Joining Howie is Clara Goh, who earned her veterinary degree at Sydney University before moving to the US where she holds a faculty position in animal orthopedic surgery at Colorado State University with Howie.

In this 1-day workshop, Howie and Clara will teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of soft tissue surgery procedures. Some ‘theory’ will be included in the lectures, but emphasis will be placed on ‘how’ to perform each procedure. This will maximise the time for hands on practical training.

Topics have been chosen that represent surgical conditions commonly seen in veterinary practice and include:

  • Salivary gland resection

  • Tracheostomy tube placement

  • Three methods of chest drain placement

  • Esophagostomy tube placement

  • Vulvarplasty for treatment of perivulvar dermatitis

  • How to perform a 15-minute gastropexy

  • Tips for diaphragmatic hernia repair

  • How to perform a rapid splenectomy using 4 ligatures

Emphasis will be placed on the regional anatomy as well as the technical aspects used to perform each procedure. Videos of clinical case material will be used extensively throughout the lectures to help illustrate each technique before practising them in the wet lab.

This course is designed for veterinary surgeons interested in providing a higher level of surgical treatment for a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques in their practice.

Soft Tissue Surgery II Workshop

1-day of teaching from Howie Seim may not be enough for you. Howie is a natural teacher – you will leave the course with many new skills and wanting more.

Howie will also be running a workshop on Sunday covering completely different surgery techniques. Why not take the opportunity to further your skills in Soft Tissue Surgery by making a weekend of it and attending both workshops?

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to successfully and confidently perform a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques

  • Recent developments and new techniques in soft tissue surgery

  • The relevant regional anatomy for each procedure performed

  • Proper instrument choice and tissue handling techniques

Please email us to express your interest in this course


Saturday 15 September 2018
9.00 - 17.00
Early Bird
3 August 2018
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



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:


Clara grew up in Sydney Australia, and earned her veterinary degree at Sydney University before moving to the US. She completed her post-graduate specialty training (rotating internship, surgical residency, and surgical oncology fellowship) at Colorado State University, where she currently holds a faculty position in small animal orthopedic surgery. She is also the current small animal surgery program chair for the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC).

Her clinical and research interests include cruciate disease, hip dysplasia, and minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy). Clara has been an invited speaker and instructor at numerous conferences and surgical labs throughout the US, supporting continuing education of veterinarians from around the world.



Course fees

Course Fees

Member typeEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMemberN/A$1531
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members

CVE workshops are suited to practitioners and graduates with 2+ years’ experience. This workshop is not open to student registrations. For any enquiries please contact the CVE on +61 2 93517979 or email


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