Brachycephalic & BOAS Workshop

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August 26th - 27th, 2023

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD value: NSW: 26.5 points
Other states: 16 points


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Brachycephalic patients are fun, but they can also be demanding, anxious, high risk and high maintenance. Yet, if the whole veterinary care team is on the same page, your chances of success are magnified and the experience is more manageable for everyone.

In this weekend workshop, vets focus on surgical techniques to manage Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. This is not a watch-and-learn workshop. This is a perform-it-yourself-and-learn workshop which has evolved from our previous Fix the Face workshop.

Nurses and technicians have their own CE stream with extensive practical sessions on brachycephalic intubation, anaesthesia, surgery, recovery and postoperative care.

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Each registered veterinarian brings a veterinary nurse or technician at no additional cost

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome in clinical practice

  • Surgical procedures for BOAS

  • Brachy-safe anaesthesia & analgesia

  • Gastrointestinal complications associated with BOAS

  • Stress reduction through holistic patient care

  • Case presentations & clinical discussion

Your practical skills take priority

A VetPrac workshop will always put hands-on skills first. Veterinarians at our Brachycephalic & BOAS workshop practice a range of surgical techniques under the leadership of veterinary surgical specialists. Nurses and technicians practice airway examinations, intubation, and simulated anaesthesia monitoring with tailored brachy-safe techniques. When we say hands-on, we mean it.








Theory for practice
  • Local anaesthesia techniques
  • Anatomy of vital respiratory structures
  • Redundant respiratory structures
  • Soft tissue & airway surgical techniques
  • Recognised BOAS procedures
Practical skills sessions
  • Wedge resection
  • Sacculectomy
  • Folded flap palatoplasty
  • Free edge staphylectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Cricoarytenoid lateralisation
  • Cuneiformectomy / laryngoplasty
  • Temporary tracheostomy

Nurses & technicians

Theory for practice
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Local anaesthesia techniques
  • Individual patient risk assessment
  • Airway examination
  • Premedication, induction, recovery
  • Brachy-safe general anaesthesia
Practical skills sessions
  • Airway landmarks
  • Recovery & complications
  • Case discussions
  • Nursing protocols
  • Emergency kits
  • Home care communication
  • Educating & involving clients

Workshop Schedule

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A VetPrac workshop has tangible benefits


Weekend workshop for a vet & nurse team with a $3,650 CPD investment


Invaluable hands-on learning for the veterinary care team


Foundation for BOAS management & future clinical services

Your Educators

Lead educator

Nurse & technician stream

Lead Educators – Nurse & Vet Stream
Lead educator

Veterinarian stream

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Dr Ema Bowman

Dr Ema Bowman

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Qualifications: BVSc (Distinction), MANCVS

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Ema is a 2008 Massey University graduate with memberships in internal medicine, significant training in anaesthesia, and clinical experience from New Zealand, Australian, and North American specialist hospitals.

Ema performs up to 10 BOAS surgeries per week, focused on proactive multi-level upper airway surgery, brachy safe anaesthesia, and tailored preoperative and postoperative risk reduction.

Ema’s dream is a career where BOAS surgery is no longer needed. Until then, she continues to be a vocal advocate for every brachycephalic patient.

James King

Dr James King

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Qualifications: BAppSc (Hons), BVSc (Hons1), MANZCVS, FANZCVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Dr King is a registered specialist in small animal surgery. He grew up in Brisbane and graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland with first class honours in 2013, then completed a rotating 12 month internship with Veterinary Specialist Services.

James has worked in Emergency and Critical Care, as a GP locum and in the Intensive Care Unit at the University of Queensland. Because of this range of experiences, James can relate to the challenges faced by veterinarians at all levels. James has keen interests in neurosurgery and orthopaedics, and he enjoys teaching surgical skills to veterinarians.

Supporting tutors

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Dr Alex Santamaria

Dr Alex Santamaria

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Qualifications: BVSc, BSc, MANZCVS (SAS) DACVS

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Specialisation: Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

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Alex is a Registered Small Animal Surgical Specialist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

She has a strong interest in soft tissue and reconstructive surgery with advanced training in interventional radiology. Alex is a Co-Director at Melbourne Animal Referral Services (MARS) and also works part time at Geelong Animal Referral Services (GARS). She is dedicated to veterinary education and enjoys helping vets of all career stages to extend their surgical skills.

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Catherine Tyler

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Qualifications: Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

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Catherine has always nurtured a love for horses and animals, which inspired her to commence a Diploma of Horse Business Management at the Marcus Oldham College in Victoria. This progressed into veterinary nursing, with several years of experience across a range of veterinary practices in equine, small animal, surgery, emergency and general practice nursing.

Catherine has developed a special interest in continuing professional development and training in anaesthesia, analgesia and patient welfare. One of her passions is to work closely and holistically with brachycephalic patients through surgeries, pain management and handling.

Cindy Grew

Cindy Grew

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Qualifications: Cert IV Vet Nurse, Cert IV TAE

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Cindy is the Marketing & Education Coordinator at VetCare B. Braun Pty Ltd Australia and New Zealand, and is a practicing veterinary nurse with ten years of experience. Previously, she has managed three veterinary hospitals, one of which was a 24-hour emergency clinic.

Within her role at B. Braun, Cindy coordinates workshops, onsite and online training, and engagement with vets and vet nurses.

One of Cindy’s passions is caring for our Australian native wildlife. It was this passion which drove her to become a wildlife carer with WIRES, and head up the wildlife treatment division within the clinic. Cindy’s passion is sharing current skills and techniques with veterinary professionals, and helping them achieve their potential.

Dr Arthur House

Dr Arthur House

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Qualifications: BSc, BVMS, PhD, Cert SAS, Dip ECVS

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Arthur has over 20 years of experience in small animal surgery, and an extensive range of specialist surgical experience and skills.

He has a PhD in veterinary research and has been published in a broad range of publications and peer reviewed journals. He is involved in collaborative research which ensures he stays at the forefront of veterinary science, offering the latest treatments for his patients.

Arthur continues to be active in veterinary postgraduate training through provision of continuing education lectures, supervision of new graduates, surgical interns and residents, and he has also been an author in several textbooks.

What our participants say…

“This was a well-targeted surgical workshop revising a series of procedures that can be done in general practice. Labs were great and lecture style enjoyable. Food and social events were really well organised, relaxed and made this a special event. Thank you.”


“This workshop was the most amazing CE I have attended. The people there and the knowledge presented just blew my mind! The prac sessions were great and very hands-on, which made learning for me so much easier.”

Dr Alanna Harth

“Freakin brilliant. Even though I had done most of the procedures the amount of tips and tricks I got from the amazing instructors was invaluable.”

Dr Candice Loft

“Extremely practical application of theories taught. Loved Charles, Tania, Kat and Abbie’s awesome tips. I leant so many things over the past 3 days and can’t wait to put it into realife life practice.”

Dr Anne Graham



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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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