Small Mammal Basic and Advanced Surgery (Module 3)

Course content

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with theoretical and practical tools to perform rational diagnostic work-up and clinical decision making and to extend the participants knowledge, personal skills and competences within the discipline of small mammal surgery for the most commonly seen surgical problems in small mammals in companion animal practice. The course will provide the students with theoretical and practical competences within the fundamentals of small mammal basic and advanced surgery as it relates to commonly seen surgical indications in small mammal species encountered in companion animal primary and specialty practice – in particular atraumatic tissue handling, asepsis and sterility and the problem-oriented and evidence based background for decision making in small mammal surgical procedures. As part of the responsibilities of the small mammal surgeon the course emphasizes the importance of the management of animal pain perception and individually tailored anaesthetic and analgesic management.

Education

This course is a specialisation course at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science. The Master is a post graduate education targeted small animal veterinarians seeking Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Learning outcome

Having completed the course, the student must be able to

Knowledge

  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of surgical intervention primarily in clinical small mammal situations.
  • Understand importance of application of good surgical practice (GSP) in small mammal surgery.
  • Understand the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical appearance of surgical disorders in small mammal patients
  • Explain, reflect about, and discuss a problem oriented and evidence-based work-up, treatment plan and prognostication for small mammal patients with surgical organ disease in small mammal patients.
  • Assess the limitations and contraindications related to surgeries in small mammal patients.
  • Understand the influence of surgical disorders on the selection of anaesthesia and pain alleviation in small mammal patients.
  • Define and identify key surgically relevant anatomical structures.

 

Skills

  • Apply the physiological response to pain and tissue trauma in small mammals in a surgical situation.
  • Interpret signs of small mammal pain and apply appropriate pain alleviation and anaesthesia.
  • Perform key surgical techniques including induction of anaesthesia, haemostasis, advanced suture and surgical techniques for small mammal patients.
  • Perform atraumatic basic and advanced surgical techniques in particular with regards to tissue handling and minimal invasive diagnostics in regard to surgical disorders in small mammals.
  • Assess small mammal patients after surgery with focus on treatment effect, complications and prognosis.
  • Perform oral presentations for both specialist and non-specialist colleagues and clients.
  • Apply evidence based information and approaches in small mammal surgical patients including searchable medical databases such as Medline.

 

Competences

  • Plan, decide and evaluate a diagnostic work-up for a patient with a complex history within small mammal surgery.
  • Independently obtain, evaluate and elaborate on evidence based new knowledge within small mammal surgery.
  • Collaborate and communicate within and between specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in small mammal surgical patient management.

A mixture of lectures, e-learning, theoretical and practical exercises. Case-study work.

Updated literature list will be posted no later than 4 weeks prior to course start. The participant is expected to have theoretical knowledge updated prior to participation.

Inclusion criteria for Master's Programme in Companion Animal Clinical Science: Degree in veterinary medicine and at least two years of relevant work experience.
SCAM13001U, SCAM13002U, SCAM13003U, SCAM13004U or one of the following certifications in Companion Animal Diseases:
DVA in Small Animal Diseases, in Danish known as “certificeret fagdyrlæge i sygdomme hos hunde og katte”

Swedish specialist in diseases of dogs and cats, in Swedish known as Steg 1

Norwegian specialist in diseases of dogs and cats, in Norwegian known as Specialisering i veterinærmedisin, spesialitet smådyr
Finnish specialist in diseases of dogs and cats, in Finnish known as Pieneläinsairauksien erikoiseläinlääkäri

Oral
Individual
Collective
ECTS
6 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Type of assessment: Portfolio. As part of the course the student will have to perform oral presentations and hand in a number of written exercises/cases and procedure protocols.

Exam registration requirements: 80 % active participation in the on-site course activities are required in order to obtain approved course certificate. Both, approved course certificate and a passed examination are required to pass the course. Students may attend examination without approval of course certificate.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Having completed the course, the student must be able to:

Knowledge

  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of surgical intervention primarily in clinical small mammal situations.
  • Understand importance of application of good surgical practice (GSP) in small mammal surgery.
  • Understand the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical appearance of surgical disorders in small mammal patients
  • Explain, reflect about, and discuss a problem oriented and evidence-based work-up, treatment plan and prognostication for small mammal patients with surgical organ disease in small mammal patients.
  • Assess the limitations and contraindications related to surgeries in small mammal patients.
  • Understand the influence of surgical disorders on the selection of anaesthesia and pain alleviation in small mammal patients.
  • Define and identify key surgically relevant anatomical structures.

 

Skills

  • Apply the physiological response to pain and tissue trauma in small mammals in a surgical situation.
  • Interpret signs of small mammal pain and apply appropriate pain alleviation and anaesthesia.
  • Perform key surgical techniques including induction of anaesthesia, haemostasis, advanced suture and surgical techniques for small mammal patients.
  • Perform atraumatic basic and advanced surgical techniques in particular with regards to tissue handling and minimal invasive diagnostics in regard to surgical disorders in small mammals.
  • Assess small mammal patients after surgery with focus on treatment effect, complications and prognosis.
  • Perform oral presentations for both specialist and non-specialist colleagues and clients.
  • Apply evidence based information and approaches in small mammal surgical patients including searchable medical databases such as Medline.

 

Competences

  • Plan, decide and evaluate a diagnostic work-up for a patient with a complex history within small mammal surgery.
  • Independently obtain, evaluate and elaborate on evidence based new knowledge within small mammal surgery.
  • Collaborate and communicate within and between specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in small mammal surgical patient management.

Part time Master and Diploma courses

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 16
  • Preparation
  • 90
  • Theory exercises
  • 16
  • Practical exercises
  • 8
  • Exam
  • 32
  • English
  • 162