Grafts, Flaps & Complex Wounds

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February 16th - 17th, 2024

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD value: NSW: 21
All others: 14

Grafts Flaps

Every millimetre of wound closure counts. Sometimes, however, simple closure techniques are not enough.

This workshop builds on everyday wound management skills and offers personalised surgical tuition to all participants. With a refresher on critical wound theory and over 7 hours of surgical practice time, attendees will cover wound tension and skin stretching, then learn how to perform advanced techniques like skin grafts and subdermal plexus flaps.

This course is suitable for registered veterinarians with moderate soft tissue surgical experience and an interest in accidental and surgical wound closure.

Surgical wound management in clinical practice

  • Wound assessment that changes the way you treat accidental wounds
  • How to use the body’s healing processes to speed up wound closure
  • When you can push for a few more millimetres of closure (& when you shouldn’t)
  • What to do when primary healing is out of the question
  • Making the most of all available closure options
  • Making skin flaps & skin grafts part of your toolkit in general practice

This workshop will change the way you do things

At this workshop, you’ll fine-tune your wound assessment skills in a way that changes your treatment choices and allows you to give realistic expectations to your clients. This skill alone could be the difference between primary closure, and waiting weeks for second intention healing. The program also covers all the topics you expect to see in a wound management course including first aid, bandaging methods and products available, and how to identify the warning signs that breakdown is imminent.

The highlight of this workshop is the personalised advice and feedback you receive from our team of specialist educators. This is your chance to watch, learn, and perform a range of advanced surgical techniques from three veterinary speicalists, all in the same two-day workshop.







Your practical skills take priority

A VetPrac workshop will always put hands-on skills first. Participants at our Grafts, Flaps & Complex Wounds workshop will receive practical resources, take-home notes and follow-up support.

Every veterinarian is invited practice the full range of soft tissue surgical techniques in the course outline, and will spend over 7 hours in surgery pracs under the leadership of veterinary surgical specialists.

Clinical care & surgical procedures

  • Skin stretching techniques
  • Tension-relieving techniques
  • Choosing skin flap & skin graft donor sites
  • Planning, elevating & transposing a random subdermal plexus flap
  • Planning, elevating & transposing an axial subdermal plexus flap
  • Planning, elevating & transposing skin grafts
  • Innovation & creative approach to complex wound management

Behind the Scenes at a VetPrac Workshop

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Workshop Schedule

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A two-day workshop & a $3,400 CPD investment in your surgical skills & career progression


Make the right decisions about wound management & adopt new techniques for closure


Use your new suite of surgical skills to achieve accidental & surgical wound closure, sooner

Your Educators

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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 ensures he stays at the forefront of veterinary science so he offer 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.

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Dr Brenton Chambers

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Qualifications: BVSc(Hons), MVSc, FANZCVS Small Animal Surgery

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Dr Chambers graduated in 1994 from the University of Queensland, and spent his early career in general and emergency practice. He became a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery in 2013. Brenton works in specialist referral practice at the Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) in Melbourne, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. Brenton is an experienced educator and says the fine nuance of surgical procedures are learned from doing and watching others. He reminds all vets to keep in touch and support each other.

Jason Hoon

Dr Jason Hoon

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons), MVS, MVetClinStud, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery), Diplomate ECVS

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Jason graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with first class honours and the University Medal. He started his career in small animal general practice in coastal South Australia before moving to Queensland in 2016, where he completed his rotating and surgical internship with the Veterinary Specialist Services team in Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Jason is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an experienced clinical educator. He enjoys teaching future generations of veterinarians, and his particular interests are oncologic and soft tissue reconstruction surgery, orthopaedics and employing minimally invasive techniques.


Dr Stephanie Colthurst

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Qualifications: BVSc, MANZCVS (SAS), DipECVS

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Specialisation: Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

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Stephanie graduated from James Cook University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She completed a 12-month rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services in 2015 followed by a second rotating internship at Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals in Melbourne. She continued at Southpaws for a surgical residency through the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Stephanie successfully passed her ANZCVS memberships in Small Animal Surgery in 2018 and her ECVS specialist board exams in 2023, both on her first attempt.

Steph rejoined the team at Veterinary Specialist Services in 2021 where she continues to practice. Whilst she enjoys all aspects of surgery, she particularly enjoys oncologic surgery and wound management.

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What our participants say…

It was a great experience that left me feeling better equipped to do my job with more confidence. The educators were selfless with their time and patience. And the organisers were well organized, thoughtful and left us feeling looked after.

Dr Aaron Raney, BVMS, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

SAI Vet Hospital

Thorough, engaging, excellent hands on experience with help and support readily available.

Dr Peter Prendergast, BVSc MANZCVS

Collaroy Veterinary Hospital

Very friendly informative educators. Surgical exposure and practical relevance was great. You could pretty much choose your depth of knowledge based on your own experience.                                                 

Dr Faye Cannon, BVetMed

Kanwal Veterinary Hospital

A fantastic practical and useful course. Directly useful and an excellent combination of theory and practical skills.

Dr Stephen Cutter, BVSc(Hons)

Principal Veterinarian, Ark Animal Hospital

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 digital copy of the procedure guide.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

See the terms and conditions tab on our website for full details. In a nutshell, refunds are provided for cancellations made in writing up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made inside 45 days incur a 30% administration fee, and cancellations made inside 7 days before a workshop are not refundable.

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

We understand that sometimes, things happen. If you’re experiencing financial strain but you need to complete some continuing education, please email us at [email protected] for a confidential discussion.

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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