Emergency Surgery Essentials: A practical workshop for small animal veterinarians

This practical course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to effectively handle common surgical emergencies in everyday small animal practice. Cadaveric surgery and pragmatic surgical tips and tricks will enhance your decision-making and technical abilities. Key take home skills include:

  • Placing and managing tracheostomy tubes
  • Reviewing abdominal anatomy and confidence with a thorough exploratory coeliotomy
  • Procedural confidence with gastrotomy, gastrectomy and gastropexy
  • Practice simple continuous intestinal resection and anastomosis with review of indication and method for intestinal stapling
  • Perform splenectomy and manage abdominal bleeding
  • Perform cystostomy tube placement and recognised the indications


This surgical practical day will provide you with 9 hours of CPD.

(Discounts available for group bookings. Please contact us directly: info@vtx-cpd.com)

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Programme schedule





Lecture and Practical Session – Emergency Surgery 1


Jon Hall




Lecture and Practical Session – Emergency Surgery 2


Jon Hall


Q&A Session to end the day


Jon Hall

speaker biographies

Jon Hall

Surgery Specialist (Soft Tissue)

Jon was born into primary care practice and spent several years working as a small animal GP after graduating in 2004. He became an ECVS specialist in small animal surgery in 2015 and has worked at the RVC, the University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh. He is a Professor in small animal surgery at the University of Nottingham, a Fellow of the Royal College and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He loves a good bit of surgery and being in a lucky position to help out colleagues with their surgical conundrums and through teaching. Jon has worked on call for his whole career and spent a few months working in a dedicated emergency clinic. He has been a lecturer and examiner on the BSAVA CertECC and helps train Vets Now graduates on practical approaches to emergency surgeries. These experiences mean that he can empathise with colleagues working sole charge OOH and those having to fit in emergencies either in their busy daily routine or through the night with work the following morning! Experiences that encourage a certain pragmatism.  

Stephanie Timmons

Veterinary Surgeon

Steph graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2013, and initially did a mix of work at the PDSA and small animal private practice for 18 months. In 2015, she joined VetsNow, and has worked in Emergency and Critical Care ever since. In 2020, she gained her Postgraduate certificate in ECC and Advanced Practitioner status, and is currently an Area Clinical Manager for Kent, Essex and the South Coast. She has had an active in role in undergraduate teaching at various universities and as part of the VetsNow student elective scheme, and has lectured at various ECC conferences and congresses.

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