Gastrointestinal Surgery Workshop

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August 10th - 11th 2024

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD value: NSW: 23
Other: 15

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How do you approach a GIT FB surgery? With trepidation, or excitement? While everyone crowds around the abdomen to see what kind of toy is wedged in the jejunum, you’re already planning ahead to your closure, lavage and omentalisation… or is that an old trick?

If you’re looking to get more comfortable with surgery inside the abdominal cavity, this weekend workshop will be your happy place.

This course is suitable for mixed and small animal veterinarians looking to finesse their established surgical skills, for those who don’t get a lot of opportunities to practice surgery, new and recent graduates, and vets returning to work.

We will tailor your workshop to your level of experience so that you get to maximise your gains as a surgeon.

For registered veterinarians only.


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This workshop has been designed for two types of registered veterinarians:

  1. Those who are driven by perfectionism and want to update and finesse their abdominal surgery techniques
  2. Those who want to be more comfortable with abdominal surgery, by refining their surgical approaches.

We’ll cover just enough theory to get everyone up to date, review diagnostic imaging and engage in a lively debate about when to cut and when to wait. You’ll see real case reviews, interpret red flags in abdominal radiography and ultrasonography, and consider the diagnostics that demand your attention in a surgical workup.

Each practical session is tailored to your level of surgical experience. Our goal is that every participant grows as a surgeon.


As a participant at this workshop, you can expect to perform a range of abdominal surgeries. You’ll have a team of experienced small animal surgeons on hand to help you build on your current surgical experience and help refine your soft tissue surgical skills. You can make serious gains in gentle tissue handling, safety, speed and efficiency with some of the technique adjustments you’ll learn in this course.

At this workshop, you can also expect to eat a range of nutritious meals and indulge in some sweet treats, too. There’ll be plenty of caffeine. We’ll look after you so you can concentrate on learning as much as possible. Bring questions, chat to your colleagues, and get inspired by vets working to improve their surgical skills, all around you.

Best of all, you can expect to get loads of surgical practice time so that when the next exlap lands in your … lap, you’re keen and ready to get on with it.




Get 15 structured CPD points (23 if you’re registered in NSW) & an offical CPD certificate for your records.

Social network

This is your tribe. Spend some quality time with people who understand what you do each day.

Great food

You’ll be nourished with healthy food, sweet treats & caffeine, so you can get on with learning new skills.

Hands on experience

It’s all about time on the tools. We prioritise your surgical opportunities, so you can take advantage of the specialist guidance on tap.

Personalised feedback

Get feedback on your surgical technique & refine your approach throughout the workshop. Start with good habits, & improve with time.

Real-world training

Learn in the same way you work. We give you clinical context & full support so things stay fresh & make sense when you get back to the clinic.


How this course will help you in practice

  • How to identify a surgical abdomen on radiographs & with ultrasound images
  • Work out why your patient has a septic peritonitis before you get into surgery
  • What to do when you have a perforation somewhere in the GIT
  • What to do with an intussusception
  • How to deal with a urinary bladder rupture
  • How to cope with a gall bladder rupture
  • How to address surgical complications

Not just a skills workshop

A VetPrac workshop will always put practical skills first, but there’s an added benefit here. This course has been carefully constructed to give you the clinical context for each abdominal procedure. It’s one thing to do a great small intestinal anastomosis, but it’s another to assess your patient, take useful images, get your diagnosis right and manage your case all the way from presentation to discharge.

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Surgical procedures
  • GIT biopsies
  • Liver biopsy
  • Enterotomy
  • Intestinal resection & anastomosis
  • Gastrotomy
  • Incisional gastropexy
  • Hilar splenectomy with 3-4 ligatures

The emphasis is on surgical practice. You can ask our friendly education team to check your ligatures, have them to show you how to maintain intestinal vascular supply or how precise you need to be with your apposition. How long is it since you’ve had someone totally committed to you and your surgical technique? Take this opportunity and make the most of it.

Workshop Schedule

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$3,500 CPD investment & one weekend of hands-on training with a great education team


Systematic exlap, GIT biopsies, surgical management of peritonitis & more


Approach your next abdo surgery with more confidence, comfort & capability

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Your Educators

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Dr Ryan Leong

Dr Ryan Leong

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Qualifications: BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

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Dr Ryan Leong graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012. He completed an internship in small animal surgery, followed by general practice experience in Singapore, Alice Springs and Adelaide. He then embraced a second surgical internship in Canberra and stayed to finish his surgical residency.

Ryan is now a small animal surgeon in the veterinary teaching hospital of the University of Queensland. He also lectures into 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.

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Dr Elizabeth Hoffman

Dr Elizabeth Hoffman

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS

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Elizabeth graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 and after gaining experience in rural mixed practice, she completed two small animal internships.

She obtained membership in small animal surgery with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2018. She has completed a small animal surgery residency at the Animal Referral Hospital in Brisbane and is currently working as a registrar in preparation for fellowship exams.

Elizabeth enjoys all areas of surgery with a special interest in neurologic procedures and fracture repair.

James Crowley

Dr James Crowley

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS, GradDipEd

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James is a senior small animal surgery resident at SASH. He has worked in small animal practice and preclinical research, with a particular focus on surgery. After four years in general practice, James completed a rotating internship at the Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a specialty surgical internship at Murdoch. He has also been a surgeon and research fellow at UNSW Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories (SORL) since 2018.

James has published over 25 peer-reviewed papers, has a Diploma in Education, and is enthusiastic about teaching small animal surgery techniques to veterinarians.


Your Questions Answered

Are group discounts available?

Absolutely! Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and the workshop is complete.

What kind of learning materials are included?

Generally, you can choose printed course notes, a digital copy on USB, or both. Everyone gets a printed copy of the procedure guide.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?
  • Transferring or changing registration from one workshop to another will incur a $50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made up to 45 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the Fee.
  •  Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course are not refundable.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes! At VetPrac we are pleased to offer payment plans for our online courses and workshops. We want to make it manageable for you to invest in your professional development.

For more information regarding our payment plans, please do not hesitate to contact Ros at [email protected].

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, we will refund your course fees in full. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you.

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