Perineal & Urogenital Surgery Workshop

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February 3rd - 4th, 2024

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD value: NSW 26.5
Other 17.5

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Perineal and urogenital surgeries require time, skill, and patience. There are plenty of delicate structures to negotiate, and the potential for complications is sobering. We bring together specialist educators along with our first-class workshop facilitation team to deliver an outstanding clinical education experience. We’ll look after you, so you can apply your time and attention to your own surgical practice in this fully-supported weekend workshop.

Perineal & urogenital surgery in clinical practice

There are bold surgeons, there are old surgeons, but there are few old-bold surgeons – Mark M. Ravitch, 1910-1989.

We see this workshop as a great opportunity to become an informed surgeon. Perineal and urogenital surgeries in general veterinary practice include anal sacculectomy, urethrostomy, hernia repair, cystotomy, nephrotomy and renal biopsy. Participants will receive detailed instruction on these procedures and have the opportunity to perform each of them in the practical sessions. As a bonus, this workshop also features surgical oncological approaches to the inguinal region. Participants will complete inguinal lymph node excision and two separate flap repair techniques.

Advance your surgical skills

A VetPrac workshop is designed to acknowledge your existing skills and provide you with the right opportunity for advancement. At this workshop, you’ll enjoy 8 hours of hands-on surgical practice with personalised tuition and feedback on your technique. Now it’s your turn to surround yourself with veterinary specialist surgeons and discover the nuances that can revolutionise your surgical practice.







Perform these procedures
  • Open & closed anal sacculectomy
  • Perineal hernia repair with internal obturator flap
  • Feline perineal urethrostomy
  • Canine perineal & prescrotal urethrostomies
  • Cystotomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Excisional biopsy of the inguinal lymph node
  • Inguinal advancement flap repair
  • Inguinal flank-fold flap repair
Skills development
  • Perioperative considerations
  • Surgical approaches & incisions
  • Tissue handling for minimal trauma
  • Specific techniques for canine versus feline patients
  • Advanced closure options

Behind The Scenes at a VetPrac Workshop

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Workshop Schedule

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A weekend workshop with a $3,400 CPD investment


Invaluable hands-on surgical experience with specialist feedback


Foundation for perineal & urogenital surgeries & future clinical services

Your Educators

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Dr James Simcock

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Qualifications: BVSc(Hons), MANZCVS (Internal Medicine), DACVS-SA, DECVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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In 2013 James became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. James is registered as a specialist in small animal surgery in Victoria. He is also an internship director and surgical residency advisor for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is actively involved in teaching students and veterinarians and is an instructor and lecturer in veterinary postgraduate education courses in surgery. James is a co-director and owner of Southpaws.

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Dr Alex 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).

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Dr Cameron Broome

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Qualifications: BVSc DVCS PGCAP FANZCVS(Small Animal Surgery)

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Cameron is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993, then completed a surgical internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists before he undertook a surgical residency at Massey University in New Zealand. Since then, he has worked in a number of private practices and universities in Australia and overseas, including three years as Head of Surgery at the University of Glasgow.

Cameron has a keen interest in veterinary education and has been published on a range of topics. He is motivated by all aspects of surgery, but has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery and efforts to control the impact of surgery on patients.

Dr Penny Tisdall

Dr Penny Tisdall

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Qualifications: BSc(Vet) BVSc MVetClinStuds FANZCVS

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Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

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Dr Penny Tisdall is a Fellow of the Australian and NZ college of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) and registered specialist in small animal surgery. She has contributed to over 30 published papers on various aspects of surgery.

Penny has teaching experience from undergraduate surgery in the Adelaide DVM course and in postgraduate education to vets and nurses. She has played an active role in the ANZCVS in the surgery chapter examination committee.

Penny is the proud owner of 2 very badly behaved Curly Coated Retrievers and 2 Devon Rex cats, and her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncologic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

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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



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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 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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