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Fix the Face: Brachycephalic and Ear Surgery Workshop

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4th February to 6th February 2022

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD Value: NSW: 26.5 CPD points
Other states: 16 CPD points
VetEd: 26.5 points

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When is surgery indicated and which surgical technique is appropriate? Surgical conditions of the head and neck present a challenge to most veterinarians, yet more and more patients need this care due to the popularity of brachycephalic breeds. This workshop will help you improve your surgical techniques and is also a useful adjunct to preparations for membership examinations. Develop your skills in an intimate and supportive environment with specialist tutors and feel confident approaching these cases in practice.


Plus, we have everything your Nurse/Tech needs to know to help support the pre-op, intra-op and post-op management of your brachy patients. Within their own dedicated stream, your Nurse or Technician can benefit from practical hands-on training. Get to know the unique brachy anatomy and how to manage and adapt to challenging events with surgery, intubation, recovery and so much more. Enjoy a united approach to handling brachycephalic patients in your clinic after attending this workshop.  

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Each registered Veterinarian brings a veterinary nurse or technician free of charge

Do you struggle with…

  • How much should be removed to improve the nares opening?
  • Confidence to perform soft palate surgery?
  • Patients with persistent ear disease who seem to have been on every possible medication available with no positive outcome?
  • Guiding your nurses/techs through the case, anaesthetic or recovery?
  • Having a confident team to help support the patient in hospital?

What if there was a way you could offer your brachycephalic patients the preventative care they didn’t know they needed AND upskill your nurse/tech to help support your brachy patients?

With hours and hours in wet lab practicals, you’ll be fit and ready to offer more to your clients back in the clinic. Learn techniques around nares and saccule surgery. Perform your own folded flap or soft palate resection with specialist educators right by your side. Practice placing trach tubes, oesophagostomy tubes, performing TECA and bulla osteotomy… all while your Nurse/Tech gets dedicated practical time to build skills and confidence in the unique brachycephalic anatomy, managing their pre-operative and post-operative phases and so much more. You can be sure your questions will be answered and you’ll feel more confident with your techniques and your team returning to clinic. 








What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Anatomy of vital and redundant respiratory structures
  • Anatomy of the ear and Viborgs triangle
  • Principles of soft tissue surgery
  • Instrument handling and appropriate use
Develop your skills in :
  • Soft palate resection
  • Everted saccule excision
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Stenotic nares augmentation
  • Tracheostomy
  • Pharyngostomy
  • Vertical ear canal surgery
  • Total ear canal ablation

Nurses/ Techs

What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Anatomy of vital and redundant respiratory structures
  • Anatomy of the ear and Viborgs triangle
  • Airway exam appreciation
  • Risk considerations & management
Develop your skills in :
  • Induction process
  • Anaesthesia management
  • Post-op recovery
  • Nursing protocols
  • Home care communication
  • Identification of airway landmarks

Workshop Schedule

PLUS you will get access to a  BONUS LIVE ONLINE SESSION ($170 value) with Dr Margie McEwen covering Anaesthesia and Pain Management for your brachycephalic patients.



With the skills you gain at a VetPrac course, you can dramatically increase your income.


If you bill approximately $900 for a procedure practiced in this course, with just four procedures you’ll have paid for this course and increased revenue earnings for your clinic.


Plus, you may be able to claim some or all of the cost as professional development or a tax deduction.

Your Educators

Lead Educator – Nursing Stream

Lead Educators – Nurse & Vet Stream

Lead Educator – Vet Stream

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Dr Ema Bowman

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Qualifications: BVSC (dist) MANCVS

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Dr Ema is a proud Kiwi, graduating from Massey University in NZ in 2008. She has worked in NZ, Australia and North America and has additional qualifications in Canine and Feline Internal Medicine. She is experienced in Brachycephalic airway improvement surgery and loves to teach and train Vets, Vet students and Vet nurses in Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway syndrome and surgical improvement techniques. Ema is extremely interested in integrative approaches to pain management especially in older pets, nutrition as medicine, and is passionate about improving the lives and welfare of Brachycephalic (flat faced) dogs.

Dr Kat Crosse

Dr Kat Crosse

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Qualifications: MA VetMB MANZCVS DipECVS

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Specialisation: Companion Animal Surgery

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Ten years after graduating, an internship, residency and set of board exams, Kat became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. During Kat's residency she developed a more focused interest in airway disease and particularly the pathophysiology of brachycephalic dogs. During normal hours she is a Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Surgery at Massey University, New Zealand and in her spare time is in the early stages of a PhD working towards understanding the welfare, anatomical and physiological challenges faced by brachycephalic breeds.

Supporting Tutors – Vet Stream

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Dr Alessandra Santamaria

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Qualifications: BVSc, BSc, MANZCVS (SAS). DACVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Alex graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2010. Following graduation, she spent 12 months in general practice before moving into referral practice where she completed an internship followed by surgical residency. Alex then went on to pass her American board examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Registered Small Animal Surgical Specialist in 2020. Alex has a strong interest in soft tissue and reconstructive surgery with advanced training in interventional radiology. Alex has a vast knowledge in orthopaedic and neurological surgery which she continued to enjoy. Alex has recently moved to working with the Melbourne Animal Referral Services (MARS) and is enjoying this new exposure to cases and clinicians. Outside of work Alex has been busy with the recent arrival of her first child Ethan but still manages to ride her horses (Charlie and Bo), and play with her dogs (Odin and Loki) and cat (Emo).

Dr James King

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Qualifications: BAppSc (hons), BVSc (hons), MANZCVS, FANZCVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Dr King grew up in Brisbane and graduated with a Bachelor of veterinary Science from the University of Queensland with first class honours in 2013. He then went on to complete a rotating 12 month internship with Veterinary Specialist Services at Carrara in 2014. Once completed, he worked in Emergency and Critical Care in Brisbane and the Gold coast for the next 2 years. During this time Dr King also worked as a locum at various general practices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and also in the Intensive Care Unit at the University of QLD. Dr King started a surgical residency at VSS Carrara and in 2019 passed his fellowships in small animal surgery. His keen interests include neurosurgery and orthopaedics. Outside of work he enjoys surfing, keeping fit and being outdoors.

Dr Tania Banks

Dr Tania Banks

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Qualifications: BVSc, FACVSc (Small Animal Surgery), GC(HEd), Phd

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Specialisation: Soft Tissue Surgery

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Tania completed her small animal surgery residency at The University of Queensland and at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) Underwood. She was awarded a Fellowship in small animal surgery (by examination) in 2005, and has practiced as a specialist surgeon at various referral centres in England and Brisbane, and recently completed a PhD in tissue engineering. Tania currently works as a small animal surgeon at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS). Tania performs all aspects of small animal surgery with a particular emphasis on soft tissue and oncology surgery.

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

Your Questions Answered

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

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

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

If a workshop is postponed, cannot run or you are unable to attend due to borders
closing, or travel restrictions, you can do one of the following:
1. Attend the workshop's new date
2. Transfer your registration to another workshop or course
3. Leave your registration as a credit for a future VetPrac workshop
4. Receive a refund

What happens if I receive a positive COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to a workshop?



If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result in the 7 days prior to a workshop, contact us and send your test results through and;

  1. You can transfer directly into other VetPrac workshop/s or course/s to the same value
  2. You can substitute by sending another attendee in your place
  3. You can receive a credit for use on any VetPrac workshop/s or course/s to the same value.



What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165

The University of Queensland

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