School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Core Surgical Skills 1

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  • Tuesday 24th October 2023
Speakers Rob White BSc BVetMed CertVA DSAS (Soft Tissue) DipECVS SFHEA FRCVS
Location School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Cost £300
Online Booking Cost (10% discount) £270
Alumni cost (from 1st April 2023 - 20% discount) £240
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This highly practical, workshop-led course is based on the Royal College of Surgeons’ Intercollegiate Core Surgical Skills Course, which is curriculum mandated training for core surgery training in the medical profession.

Topics to be covered 

Through a series of hands-on sessions, you will develop a range of core surgical skills and techniques. Each skill will be introduced with a step-by-step demonstration, before participants practice the technique.

Learning objectives

After attending this course, you should have revised and gained both core and new skills in open surgery. You should be able to:

  • demonstrate safe operating techniques
  • more confidently handle and use surgical instruments
  • better understand of the use and misuse of common suture materials and surgical needles
  • use a variety of surgical knots safely and effectively
  • safely and confidently ligate a vascular pedicle (including the effective use of the modified Miller’s knot)
  • safely and confidently perform an ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy in the bitch and the queen
  • perform safe and consistent closure of the linea alba using a continuous suture pattern, the sliding self-locking knot and the Aberdeen knot
  • perform a gastrotomy in a safe and confident manner

Required delegate attributes

You will receive continual feedback and assessment throughout. Attendance at these courses will qualify for the full set of video presentations demonstrating all of the skills taught during the day of your attendance.


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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