Feline Surgery Made Easy Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Surgery Made Easy Workshop

Feline Surgery Made Easy Workshop

Due to overwhelming demand in 2019, Dr Howie Seim is returning to Australia with ex-pat Dr Clara Goh to offer two exciting new 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 feline soft tissue surgery procedures. Some ‘theory’ will be included in the lectures, but emphasis will be placed on ‘how’ to perform each procedure. The instructor will utilize video clips of clinical cases that represent the procedures participants will perform in the lab. Surgical procedures will be performed immediately after viewing the video. Ideally, the videos will be viewed in the lab so no time is wasted between seeing the procedure and then performing it on the cadaver. Topics have been chosen that represent surgical conditions frequently seen in cats and include: nasal planum and auricular resection (pinnectomy), total ear canal ablation – lateral bulla osteotomy, ventral bulla osteotomy, perineal urethrostomy - a new approach and chest drain placement.

This course was brilliant. The practical gave me the reassurance I needed to feel comfortable with more common advanced surgical procedures. The lecturers are passionate about their vocations and enthusiastic in sharing anything they can to help you walk away with more confidence.”

Aaron Raney


Learning Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will:

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

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

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

• understand the instructors’ philosophical and technical views on performing a variety of feline 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)




Sunday 15 November 2020
9.00 - 5.00
Early Bird
19 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: videovet.org


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