Program Director:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré Dipl.ECVS (AT)

Principal Course Masters:

Dr. Laurent Findji, Dipl.ECVS (UK)

Course Master:

Dr. Vicky Lipscomb, Dipl.ECVS (UK)

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.

Please note

This course is open to any student who took at least the Soft Tissue Surgery I course (STS I). Participation to Soft Tissue Surgery II is not mandatory to enter course III or IV.


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 III:
During this course, we will concentrate on more advanced abdominal surgeries. After reviewing the indications and techniques for current urinary tract surgery, we will address the surgical treatments of urinary incontinence and urinary tract trauma. The second part of the course will focus on liver and gallbladder surgery as well as on pancreas and adrenals.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, participants 1) shall master most of the urinary tract surgical techniques; 2) get a sound knowledge of management of urinary incontinence; 3) have acquired a good understanding of liver surgery including porto-systemic shunt; 4) be able to operate or refer advanced pancreas or adrenal surgeries.

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)

Monday, 7 December 2020
09:00 – 09:45 Part 1: Generalities – Surgical anatomy, healing and surgical principles
09:45 – 10:45 Urolithiasis: common knowledge and handling
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:15 Part 2: Basic surgical techniques for the UT – Urethrotomy and urethrostomy – Nephrectomy
12:15 – 12:45 Prostatic disease and surgery
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:30 Other surgical diseases – Urinary tract tumors: Basic oncologic knowledge
14:30 – 15:15 Urinary tract Trauma: Diagnosis and decision-making
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:15 Urinary Incontinence: an overview
Diagnostic procedures
Surgical procedures
Surgical techniques for Ectopic ureters
Surgical techniques for USMI
17:15 – 18:00 Discussion
Welcome Drink
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
09:00 – 10:45 Practicals: Urinary Tract Surgery (1)
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 Practicals: Urinary Tract Surgery (1)
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Practicals: Urinary Tract Surgery (2)
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
09:00 – 09:30 Surgical anatomy of the liver and gall bladder
09:30 – 10:30 Surgical diseases and techniques for the biliary tract
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:55 Surgical diseases and techniques of the pancreas
11:55 – 12:50 Surgical diseases and techniques of the adrenal
12:50 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:30 Role of laparoscopy in the treatment of liver, adrenal and pancreas diseases
14:30 – 15:15 Liver tumors and hepatectomies
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:45 Liver shunts: The surgeon’s view
Thursday, 10 December 2020
09:00 – 10:45 Practicals: Liver, Gall bladder, Pancreas, Adrenal, Prostate, Rehearsal of previous techniques
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 Practicals: Liver, Gall bladder, Pancreas, Adrenal, Prostate, Rehearsal of previous techniques
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:15 Practicals: Liver, Gall bladder, Pancreas, Adrenal, Prostate, Rehearsal of previous techniques
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:00 Practicals: Liver, Gall bladder, Pancreas, Adrenal, Prostate, Rehearsal of previous techniques
Friday, 11 December 2020
09:00 – 09:45 How to treat ureterolithiasis
09:45 – 15.30 Interactive sessions


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: 22nd June 2020)

Course location

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Cremona, Italy

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SCIVAC, Italian Companion Animal Veterinary Association, Palazzo Trecchi, Via Trecchi, 20, 26100 Cremona, Italy

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