Program Director / Principal Course Master:
Univ. Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré DECVS (AT)
Course Master:
Dr. Nikola Katic Dipl.ECVS (AT)
Please note that since this course contains practical sessions, it is mandatory to provide a negative PCR (Covid-19) test result on the first day of the course.
– The test must not be older than 5 days prior to the begining of the course
– If you wish to order the test via ESAVS, please make sure that you place your order no later than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the course. The tests can be ordered via a special link, which our office will send to enrolled participants in a separate e-mail. Please check your spam folder or write to, if you do not hear from us 1 month prior to the course date.
The ESAVS Soft Tissue Surgery courses are dedicated to veterinarians in practice or in the academic field who are willing to deepen their knowledge in soft tissue surgery. The comprehensive study program consists currently of 4 one-week modules. Each course is composed of a mix of theory and practice on models and cadavers. Much time is dedicated to interactive and practical training under the supervision of course masters and instructors, who are all internationally recognized European or American specialists.

After attending the whole program, participants shall have acquired sufficient knowledge not only to face most of the current clinical situations but also to further progress by themselves and then recognize the cases that need to be referred to specialists.

STS I (Soft Tissue Surgery I) is mandatory before continuing on to the next courses. STS II, III and IV can be taken in any order. It is recommended to take STS V only after completion of the previous courses.

Soft Tissue Surgery I:
This course focuses on the basic principles of surgery, tissue handling, knotting techniques and general abdominal and gastro-intestinal surgery.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, participants 1) shall be able to apply atraumatic surgery principles on all occasions, 2) Master current abdominal surgeries principles and techniques, 3) have changed paradigm, not trying anymore to know “how” but “why”.

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)
Monday, 28 September - Surgical methods in small animal surgery / Abdomen 1
08:30 – 09:00 Introduction
09:00 – 09:30 Instrument and tissue handling techniques
09:30 – 10:00 Sterilization methods
10:00 – 10:45 Patient, surgeon, OP room preparation
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30 Hemostasis, hemostatic devices, suture material and suture techniques
12:30 – 13:00 Surgical site infections
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Abdominal wall anatomy, approaches and closure
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Basic knowledge in gastro-intestinal surgery: Anatomy, Surgery
16:30 – 17:00 Particularities of large intestines

Welcome Party

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - Abdomen 1 / Wet labs
09:00 – 12:30 Practical session / Dry lab
Suture techniques on boards and foams based on the Sim-vivo videos
Surgeon and patients’ preparation
Suture techniques
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 17:00 Practical session / Wet lab 1
Abdominal approach
Stomach / Intestines
Abdominal closure
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - Abdomen 2
08:30 – 09:15 Abdominal hernias closure and use of omentum
09:15 – 10:15 The fast splenectomy
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Nutritional needs of the surgical patient and feeding tubes
12:00 – 12:45 GDV
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:45 Introduction to minimally-invasive surgery
15:00 – 15:30 Abdominal biopsies
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Group Work

Social dinner

Thursday, 1 October 2020 - Abdomen 2 / Wet labs
09:00 – 13:00 Feeding tubes placement
Intestinal surgery (cont’)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Colon surgery
Serosal patch
Fast splenectomy
Friday, 2 October 2020 - Around the abdomen
09:00 – 10:00 How to treat septic peritonitis
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Group Work
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 15:30 Presentations by the different groups
Each group has 15’ to prepare the 3 most important things to remember among 10 selected
topics. Delivery by one member of the group and discussion.

Total hours: 40

ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA

ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5


Registration and fees
Tuition fee: Euro 2.650.-

Early registration: Euro 2.550.-

(deadline for early registration payment: 27th March 2020)
Course location
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Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Nowoursynowska street 166, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Nowoursynowska street 159 C (building # 22), 02-787 Warsaw, Poland

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