Course Description

Small Animal Surgery is intended to provide you with knowledge and laboratory practice to perform basic abdominal surgery on dogs and cats safely while minimizing intra- and postoperative complications. The course is designed to encourage interactive discussion on a variety of topics, and to develop confidence in the small animal surgery in a setting under the direct supervision of a veterinary surgeon. Lecture sessions are one and half hours in length and laboratories are three hours in length. This course does not involve live animal work.

Course Details

Through a combination of lectures, clinical presentations and laboratories this course prepares the student for general small animal surgery practice by providing the foundational knowledge and clinical skills needed for performing basic small animal surgery. This course emphasizes the importance of proper operating room protocol, instrument use, aseptic technique, suture selection, and the use of appropriate suture patterns in the context of small animal surgery practice.  In addition, the assessment and management of intraoperative and postoperative complications will be discussed.

Please note: Due to changes in the NEB policy, candidates may still take their CPE exam in Calgary if they have completed any of these courses.


The course will take place at the Clinical Skills Building on the Spyhill Campus (http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/CSB_Map1.pdf) This course follows the Continuing Education standard refund and withdrawal policy. For details, visit http://conted.ucalgary.ca/policies/list/refund.jsp

Parking and textbook are included in registration package. Contact the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for further information. UCVM Contact: flohr@ucalgary.ca or vetmed@ucalgary.ca  Telephoe: 403-210-6624


Students must have already passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) or the Basic Clinical Skills Exam (BCSE). Depending on space availability exceptions may be made to those students sitting the exam in April 2017


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