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Basic Surgical Skills


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/These highly practical, workshop-led courses are based on the Royal College of Surgeons’ Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills Course, which is curriculum mandated training for core surgery training in the medical profession.

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.


Basic Surgical Skills Day 1

- Tuesday 15 March 2022 (FULLY BOOKED)

- Tuesday 26th April 2022 (FULLY BOOKED)

Basic Surgical Skills Day 2 

- Tuesday 14th June 2022 (FULLY BOOKED)

- Tuesday 12th July 2022 (FULLY BOOKED)




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Course Description


This course is suitable for all veterinary surgeons anticipating a career in surgery and those contemplating or currently undertaking advanced veterinary surgical training. This includes individuals at the start of their surgical careers and those undertaking one of the currently available certificate level surgical qualifications.

Day 1 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

Day 2 Learning Objectives:

Thie course is designed as a natural progression to the BSS 1 course. 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
· perform a number of advanced instrument handling skills
· understand and appreciate recent innovations in the use of suture materials for wound closure
· perform a urinary cystotomy in a safe and confident manner
· perform an end-to-end anastomosis of the small intestine in a safe and confident manner
· understand the pros and cons of leak testing a cystotomy and enterotomy/enterectomy
· understand the importance of, and be able to perform, tying a surgical knot under tension


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.

In addition, if you attend at both BSS 1 and BSS 2 you will receive a Limbs and Things’ Suture Tutor kit worth £40. This resource will allow you to practice and refine your surgical skills after the course in the comfort of your own home. 

Each day is delivered by Professor Rob White, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue) at the School of Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonington and are priced at £345 per day or £600 for both days (10% online discount has been applied below).


- If booking on both days, please select one of the top two options below and email us at [email protected] letting us know which combination of days you would like - 

StartEndPlaces LeftCourse Fee 
Veterinary Basic Surgical Skills 2
12/07/202212/07/20220£310.50[Read More]
Veterinary Basic Surgical Skills 2 (Alumni & associate discount)
12/07/202212/07/20220£276.00[Read More]

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