Stress Free Surgery Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Stress Free Surgery Workshop

Stress Free Surgery Workshop

Reduce your stress during surgery and the healing time of your patients after surgery, through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Bad habits creep into everything we do, particularly if you work on your own or do not have feedback from your colleagues.

Refresh your skills through a review of the important fundamentals of surgery and the opportunity to practice these skills in a wet lab environment. This workshop will be ideal for those returning to practice, recent graduates and old hands who want to brush up their surgery skills.

Past Participant

“The workshop was one of the best I have attended. It was a very valuable learning experience for me and a very enjoyable day. Chris is an excellent teacher.”

Joanne Shannon

Equipment Requirements

Please bring scrubs or suitable protective clothing and footwear for the workshop.

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.

  • Needle holders
  • Adson brown thumb forceps
  • Toothed Adson thumb forceps
  • Metzenbaum scissors
  • Mayo scissors
  • Suture scissors
  • Large curved carmaults
  • Scalpel handle


Saturday 24 August 2019
8.30 - 5.00
Early Bird
12 July 2019
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



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.


Mark graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science in 2006. After graduation, Mark completed an internship at University College Dublin in 2007, followed by several years of general practice in New Zealand and Australia. Mark completed a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney, and finished a Masters in Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) during this time. In February 2015 Mark was awarded the status of Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Mark was then appointed as a lecturer in small animal surgery at Murdoch University, where he has remained since 2015. Mark also performs clinical referral surgery in The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University in both the Orthopaedic/Neurosurgical and Soft Tissue/Oncologic departments. Mark is an active Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a faculty member of AOVET, an international organisation for the teaching of fracture repair and advanced orthopaedics.

Mark’s particular interests include neurosurgery, arthroscopy, and minimally invasive fracture repair.

Course Fees

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