MS279 – The Brachycephalic Patient
Join RCVS and ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery Zoe Halfacree for three 2-hour sessions. Includes 12 months access to all of your course materials.
- Join Zoë Halfacree MA VetMB CertVDI CertSAS FHEA DipECVS FRCVS
RCVS and ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery for three 2-hour online sessions
- Comprehensive notes to downloaded
- Self-assessment quizzes to ‘release’ your 8 hours CPD certification (don’t worry, you can take them more than once if you don’t quite hit the mark first time)
- A whole year’s access to recorded sessions for reviewing key points
- Superb value for money – learn without travelling
- Watch thethe recordings on your iPad!
Session 1: Released Wednesday 17th April 2024
Patient assessment and emergency management.
What you’ll learn:
- This session introduces brachycephalic dog breeds with a focus on brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) and how to perform a thorough patient assessment. Emergency management of a dog in respiratory crisis with upper respiratory tract obstruction will also be covered.
- Common breed type and conformation features of extreme brachycephaly.
- Common presenting signs of dogs affected by brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome: exercise intolerance, upper airway noise, sleep apnoea and chronic fatigue, regurgitation, collapse or heat stroke.
- Methods for evaluating the degree of clinical compromise and the potential need for intervention.
- Exercise tolerance tests and grading schemes.
- Emergency management of a dog presenting with upper respiratory tract obstruction.
The surgery and coping with complications
What you’ll learn:
- This session focusses on the options for surgical management of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome and discusses surgical techniques and anaesthesia considerations. The indications and a detailed description of the surgical technique for temporary tracheostomy is also covered.
- Considerations for sedation and anaesthesia in the brachycephalic patient.
- How to perform an airway assessment once you can visualise the airway, including diagnosis of laryngeal collapse.
- Surgical techniques for nares resection.
- Surgical techniques for soft palate resection – partial staphylectomy versus folded flap palatoplasty.
- Management of post-operative complications including upper airway swelling post-operatively
- Performing resection of everted laryngeal saccules
- Indications for placement of a temporary tracheostomy tube, how to choose a tracheostomy tube, surgical technique, post-operative management.
- Treatment of aspiration pneumonia.
Diagnosing and managing other common conditions of brachycephalic dogs.
What you’ll learn:
- This session looks at other common conditions of the brachycephalic patient and how to diagnose them, including skin conditions such as facial fold intertrigo, corkscrew tail, External and middle ear disease; gastrointestinal disease such as salivary mucocoeles, hiatal hernia, pyloric outflow obstruction; musculoskeletal disease such as condylar fractures of the elbow and intervertebral disc disease.
- Facial fold resection technique.
- Surgical management of corkscrew tail.
- Surgical management of salivary mucocoeles.
- Surgical management of hiatal hernia and pyloric outflow obstruction.
- Diagnosis of external and middle ear disease.
- Diagnosis of condylar fractures of the elbow and intervertebral disc disease.
The price includes all 3 sessions, notes and quiz – 8 hours of CPD
*No traffic jams, accommodation hassles, pet or childcare, rota clashes, locum fees ……….. just great CPD and a valuable ongoing resource.