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Soft Tissue Surgery IV - Head and Neck Surgery, Lisbon / Portugal, 27 June - 1 July 2017 held

Principal Course Master: Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré, DECVS (AT)
Course Master: Dr. Gert ter Haar, DECVS (NL)
Instructors: to be announced soon


This course is open to open to any student who took at least the Soft Tissue Surgery I course (STS I). Participation to Soft Tissue Surgery II is not mandatory to enter course III or IV.


The ESAVS Soft Tissue Surgery courses are dedicated to veterinarians in practice or in the academic field who are willing to deepen their knowledge in soft tissue surgery. The comprehensive study program consists currently of 4 one-week modules. A fifth “advanced” module is being planned. Each course is composed of a mix of theory and practice on models and cadavers. Much time is dedicated to interactive and practical training under the supervision of course masters and instructors, who are all internationally recognized European or American specialists.

After attending the whole program, participants shall have acquired sufficient knowledge not only to face most of the current clinical situations but also to further progress by themselves and then recognize the cases that need to be referred to specialists.

STS I (Soft Tissue Surgery I) is mandatory before continuing on to the next courses. STS II, III and IV can be taken in any order. It is recommended to take STS V only after completion of the previous courses.

Soft Tissue Surgery IV:
This course is dedicated exclusively to head and neck surgery. A strong focus will be put on upper airways and ear surgeries. However, topics as salivary mucoceles, thyroid and parathyroid diseases and surgeries will also be covered.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, participants 1) shall have acquired a profound knowledge of upper airways anatomy and its relevance for treatment of diseases like Brachycephalic syndrome, laryngeal paralysis and tracheal collapse; 2) shall master a clear decision-making process for ear surgeries; 3) shall be able to perform external ear surgeries and to operate or refer middle-ear ones; 4) have become confident in treating salivary mucoceles and surgical diseases of thyroid and parathyroid.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017
08:30 – 09:00 Course Introduction
09:00 – 09:45 Brachy intro and brachycephalyrelated diseases, symptoms and diagnosis
09:45 – 10:30 Surgery to correct brachycephalic obstructive
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 Laryngeal diseases and laryngeal paralysis
11:45 – 12:30 Tracheal collapse
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:15 Tracheal diseases, trauma, tracheostomy and tracheal resection and anastomosis

14:15 – 15:00 Salivary gland diseases and treatments
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Surgical diseases and treatments of Thyroïd and Parathyroïd gland diseases

Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Endoscopic examination of the upper airways: Principles (45 min.)
Surgical lab and endoscopic lab parallel
Upper airways lab + endoscopy
Lunch Break
Palatoplasty demonstration + Action + Nares (120 min.)
Tie-back demonstration+ Action (60 min.)
Tracheostomy (45 min.)
Thyroïdectomy demonstration+ surgery (60 min.)
Sublingual + Mdb both sides (90 min.)

Thursday, 29 June 2017
08:30 – 09:00 Anatomy & physiology of the ears
09:00 – 09:45 Otitis externa; decision making
09:45 – 10:15 Other surgical ear conditions; othematoma
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:30 Middle ear disease in Dogs
11:30 – 12:00 Middle ear disease in Cats
12:00 - 12:30 Nasopharyngeal polyps and removal
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:15 Surgical procedures for external ear canal diseases
14:15 – 15:00 Surgical procedures for middle ear diseases
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Diagnostic work-up for nasal disease
16:15 - 17:00 Surgery of the nose

Friday, 30 June 2017
Lab ears / Nose
Ears lab
Lunch Break
Wounds of the head: How to reconstruct them (45 min.)
Nose and wounds labs

Saturday, 1 July 2017
Interactive Casus clinical cases + Wrap-up
Wrap-up session Upper airways
Special diseases clinical cases
Wrap-up session: Ears
Each group presents a summary of the most important items of the 10 topics

Program: Soft Tissue Surgery IV 2017 - subject to change

ATF credit hours (Akademie für Tierärtzliche Fortbildung, Germany): 33
(for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg)


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Tuition fee: EURO 2.590,--
Early registration: EURO 2.490,-- (deadline for early registration payment: 31st March 2017)

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