Canine Soft Tissue Surgery Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Canine Soft Tissue Surgery Workshop

Due to overwhelming demand in 2019, Dr Howie Seim is returning to Australia with ex-pat Dr Clara Goh to offer two exciting workshops in Gatton!

The popular format of video demonstrations followed by hands-on practical sessions for each procedure will allow every participant to take home proven techniques which will make surgery less daunting and more successful.

This course is designed to teach participants the technical aspects of a variety of canine soft tissue surgery procedures for conditions seen not uncommonly in general practice – but perhaps not frequently enough to become “routine”. Procedures covered include scrotal urethrostomy, salivary gland resection, laryngeal tie-back, anal sacculectomy, rapid splenectomy and incisional gastropexy for the treatment of GDV. With an emphasis on “how” to carry out the procedure, the instructors will utilize video clips of clinical cases to enhance understanding of the surgeries participants will perform as a component of the practical sessions.

Learning Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will:

• be able to successfully perform a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques

• understand the recent developments and new techniques in soft tissue surgery

• develop a better appreciation for the regional anatomy for each procedure performed

• understand instructors’ philosophical and technical views on performing selected soft tissue surgery procedures

Participant Equipment Requirements

Participants are required to bring scrubs or suitable protective clothing and shoes.

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. 

Failure to bring these instruments may impede your ability to participate in the practical sessions.

  • Needle holders
  • Brown-Adsen thumb forceps
  • Curved mosquito hemostats
  • Straight mosquito hemostats
  • Straight or curved Rochester Carmalt hemostats
  • Mayo scissors (straight)
  • Mayo scissors (curved)
  • Metzenbaum scissors (straight)
  • Metzenbaum scissors (curved)
  • Stevens tenotomy scissor (straight)
  • Scalpel handle for #10, #11 and #15 blades
  • Allis tissue forceps
  • Towel clamps (4 or 5 inch)


Saturday 14 November 2020
9.00 - 5.00
Early Bird
18 September 2020
University of Queensland
Gatton Campus
Clinical Studies Centre Building 8179, Outer Ring Road
Lawes QLD



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

Member typeEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMemberN/A$1718
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members