Soft Tissue Surgery for General Practitioners: On Demand

6 months access
Fully flexible delivery

10 CPD points

Certificate on completion
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Registered veterinarians only.

You might perform soft tissue surgery every day, but do you feel ready for the next surgical case? This modular course has an estimated completion time of 8-10 hours. It contains references, resources and presentations recorded live in early 2023.

There are plenty of reasons you might seek an update on soft tissue surgery in clinical veterinary practice:

  1. Not everyone has a surgical mentor at work
  2. You’d like to learn beyond what the textbooks can tell you
  3. Everyone seems to have different approaches
  4. Recommendations change & you’d like an update.

Dr Leong explains his approach to surgical cases in a way that makes sense, encourages the highest standard of clinical care, and is achievable in general practice.

Confidence in soft tissue surgery is important, and it starts with being up to date. Give yourself the opportunity to grow, today.

Soft tissue surgery CPD online

  • Acknowledging & working with your existing skills
  • Approaching surgery with an open mind
  • Making the most of what’s available
  • Deciding when to make the cut
  • Closing wounds & incisions

Refresh the basics, then go beyond

This online course has been developed specifically for small and mixed animal veterinarians, and is focused on some of the key surgeries seen regularly in general practice. A broad discussion of each procedure is followed by useful and practical answers, for example, how and when to use drains in dog fight wounds, how much lavage is enough, and which signs indicate that you should cut a potential ex-lap. This course is suitable for any registered veterinarian seeking a refresher, an update, or answers to some of those nagging questions about surgical procedures in GP.







Practical topics for your surgical practice
  • Best practice given the infrastructure & facilities you already have
  • Responsible & effective antimicrobial choices
  • What’s really going on in a dog fight wound
  • Managing urinary obstruction & dealing with uroliths
  • What to expect in a septic abdomen
  • Diagnostic imaging for ex-laps & when to cut
Takehome messages
  • First, do no harm
  • Begin with what’s common
  • Use your experience & complement it with new knowledge
  • Discover strategies for dealing with the unexpected
  • Keep calm under surgical pressure


Bonus Module – Adaptive approach to small animal surgery in general practice

  • Free module for all registered veterinarians

This module describes how to reach for best practice, given your clinic’s infrastructure and existing facilities. Accepting and working with what you have right here and right now can help you to deal with the surgical case in front of you. In this module, Dr Leong describes how to set yourself up for success and shares some creative ways of making the most of the equipment at your fingertips.

Module 1 – Gastrointestinal tract surgery

This module celebrates those special times when a gastrointestinal foreign body obstruction lands in your lap. Here, we drill into how you can use abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy and radiology to investigate gastric and small intestinal obstruction, and what signs are considered red flags for surgery. The module concludes with a feature on gastropexy.

Module 2 – Feeding tubes and exploratory laparotomies

An ex-lap is not necessarily the same as a GI foreign body surgery. Once again, there are elements of diagnostic imaging which can help you determine when to cut, and where to focus. Once you’re committed, you’ll want to get underway and prepare to collect biopsies (covered next week). Aftercare is absolutely vital, too… and this is where feeding tubes come in. This module covers feeding tubes in depth, including uses and potential complications.

Module 3 – Surgical management of peritonitis & GIT biopsies
Got a surgical peritonitis case? Here is your guide to preoperative diagnostics, culture and sensitivity testing, antimicrobial therapy, placing drains (or not), and the importance of abdominal lavage. One of the least comforting aspects of peritonitis is the element of suspense: is it a GI perforation, a ruptured gallbladder, a ruptured urinary bladder, or something really weird? This module gives you strategies to deal with the unexpected once you’ve opened the abdomen, and discusses biopsies for the GI tract, liver and pancreas.
Module 4 – Urinary tract surgery

Some of us view urinary obstruction with trepidation, from the clinical presentation to the stabilisation process, and through that long road to client education and lifetime management. This module is all about unblocking urinary obstructions and the major surgical options for urolithiasis: cystotomy, urethrotomy, and urethrostomy.


Module 5 – Management of dog fight wounds

First, physiology. This recap will help you manage the case, and explain it to your clients in a way that justifies your cautious approach. Using physiology as a starting point, this module moves through stabilisation and diagnostic imaging before getting down to that gaping defect. Critical points include the utility of culture and sensitivity testing and antimicrobial therapy, and which surgical techniques and suture characteristics are most likely to succeed. The final word is on drains – to place, or not to place? Don’t forget the e-collar…



Six modules of flexible online learning & a $497 investment in your CPD


CPD to complement your existing knowledge base & skill set


Take your ability to assess & manage surgical cases in general practice to the next level

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Dr Ryan Leong

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Qualifications: BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

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Dr Ryan Leong graduated as a veterinarian from The University of Sydney in 2012. After graduation, he undertook an internship in small animal surgery in Melbourne, followed by a couple of years of general practice in Singapore, Alice Springs and Adelaide.

In 2016, he did a second surgical internship in Canberra and then stayed on to complete a surgical residency. A deep passion for teaching saw Ryan moving to sunny Queensland to take on a position as a small animal surgeon in the veterinary teaching hospital of the University of Queensland. He also lectures in the BVSc and BVetTech degree programs.

Ryan is passionate about all aspects of surgery but has a keen interest in fracture management, cruciate ligament disease and veterinary education.

At home, Ryan enjoys spending time with his cats, Halsted and Hohmann. When he's not at work, Ryan can be found in different restaurants living his second life as a self-proclaimed food connoisseur.


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Your Questions Answered

What is “On Demand”?

We created the On Demand series because you asked us for longer course access. The veterinary industry can throw busy times at us, and we received more and more requests from individuals who needed more time to complete their online courses. We think 6 months is the sweet spot – you have plenty of time to work through your CPD, and we can regularly review and update the content to make sure the course stays relevant. You can revisit the materials as often as you wish.

How and when do I access learning materials?

We use a one-stop learning platform for our web-based courses. It’s intuitive, simple and easy to navigate, and we’ll email login details to you as soon as your purchase is confirmed. You can access notes, recordings and resources any time of day or night via your personalised course library. You don’t have to watch a whole video in one sitting, and you’re in complete control. 

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for 6 months via your course library, starting on your purchase date. For example, if you sign up on July 1st, your access will be open until January 1st the following year. We’ve chosen 6 months because veterinary medicine moves fast and our goal is to provide up to date learning materials to the VetPrac community. The education team will assess, review and update the course at the end of the subscription period. This way, we know we’re offering only current and relevant information. 

What happens when time runs out?
At the end of 6 months, your subscription will end. You’ll still be able to log in to your course library, but the on-demand course you’ve completed will disappear from the list of courses available to you. We will email you at the end of your access period, so you can download any resources you need for future use.
What kind of learning materials are included?
Each course is different but they all include video presentations recorded live during our most popular online courses and webinars. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources, so you can expect images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.
Is there learning support available?
Of course! We’ll stay in touch with a monthly email to check in with you, and share important information with you. We’ll also remind you when your access is about to finish. If you need a hand (or if you just want to chat) our online learning team is available via email [email protected] or on 0491 943 260.
Are there assessments to complete?
Yes, but they’re not mandatory. At the end of the course there will be multiple-choice questions available through the learning platform. You’ll need to pass these to receive your CPD certificate.
Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

You certainly can! Each registration you will receive a CPD certificate with your points. All you need to do is complete the quiz questions at the end of the course. We’ll generate your certificate and email it to you.

Can I extend access beyond 6 months?
In most cases, yes, we can arrange this for you. It depends on recent developments in the field and whether our educators feel the information in the course is current and up to date. Some clinical areas are undergoing rapid change – we’re happy to chat about this towards the end of your subscription.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.