School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Taking the Fear out of the Exploratory Laparotomy

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  • Tuesday 13 September
Duration 8 hours
  • Rob White BSc BVetMed CertVA DSAS (Soft Tissue) DipECVS SFHEA FRCVS
Location School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Sutton Bonington Campus
Cost £300
Online Booking Cost £270
Alumni Cost £240
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The exploratory laparotomy is an operation that is performed commonly in veterinary practice, yet it still fills many practitioners with dread.  What do you do if you can't find anything wrong? How do you take effective organ biopsies? How do you perform a successful gastrotomy, enterotomy, enterectomy or urinary cystotomy?  Lectures and video presentations will be used to provide top tips, building confidence so that you can perform safe and successful exploratory surgeries with conviction in the future.

Topics to be covered

  • Overview of normal surgical abdominal anatomy in the dog and cat
  • Practical tips and tricks for performing a successful exploratory coeliotomy
  • Video clips will be used to demonstrate biopsy techniques for the major abdomen organs
  • Common surgical procedures such as gastrotomy, enterotomy and enterectomy

Learning objectives

  • Understand abdominal anatomy and its influence on surgery of the abdomen organs
  • Confidentially obtain surgical biopsies from the stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, mesenteric lymph nodes, prostate, urinary bladder and kidney
  • Understand and feel confident in performing surgery of the stomach, small intestines and urinary bladder

Required delegate attributes

This course is aimed at new graduates, those taking the next step in their career,  as a refresher after taking a career break or changing disciplines.  The day is designed to be highly applicable to first opinion pratice, focussing on common presentations, with tips and tricks to help you evolve as a competent and confident general practitioner.



Veterinary CPD Education Centre

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

0115 951 6647

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