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Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery

by Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Renton, WA


January 21, 2024



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About the Event

January 21, 2024

Renton Technical College

All sessions will consist of a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques that most veterinarians can perform in their practice. Video segments of clinical case material, carefully edited to form a real-life experience, will be used as a means of delivering the surgical lectures. An advantage of this lecture style is that participants can see the case operated on during the lecture.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Surgical management of GDV
This seminar will focus primarily on the surgical management of GDV patients. Video of clinical cases during intraoperative decision making will be presented. We will focus on the authors’ preferred method for gastric derotation and the technical aspects of performing a 15-minute incisional gastropexy. Extensive use of video of clinical cases will give participants a real-life experience.

1:00 – 2:00 pm Intestinal anastomosis – tips to make it easier
When performing an intestinal resection and anastomosis by yourself (i.e., no assistant to help!) I have several tips that may make the procedure easier for you. I will suggest several alternative techniques that you can consider incorporating that will likely make this common procedure easier and more predictably successful. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate these techniques.

2:00 – 3:00 pm Anal sacculectomy and Rapid splenectomy
Anal sacculectomy is frequently performed in veterinary practice. It can be tricky to get all the anal sac epithelium and preserve the external anal sphincter muscle and caudal rectal nerve. I will suggest a ‘novel’ technique that allows the surgeon full control of the perianal anatomy and thus preservation of all vital structures during complete anal sac resection. Video showing this technique in a clinical case will illustrate its potential usefulness in your practice.

3:00 – 4:00 pm Managing canine calculi
A ‘never fail’ technique for retropulsion of calculi lodged in the urethra of male dogs will be presented. What is your worst cystic calculi nightmare……leaving a stone behind after your cystotomy! This lecture will describe a unique protocol that will eliminate the possibility of leaving a stone behind. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate this protocol.

About the Speaker

Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series,

Event Pricing








* Technicians can be added to a waitlist and will be contacted the week prior to the CE Event if spots are available to attend.

4 hours available. The WSVMA is an approved source of Continuing Education in the State of Washington.

Included in your registration are scientific proceedings, coffee breaks and parking. Registrations are taken on a first-come-first-served basis and space is limited.

Scientific proceedings prepared by speakers will be available at the registration desk on the day of the seminar.

Cancellations received by January 14 will have $10 deducted for processing fees. There will be no refunds for no-shows who have not notified the WSVMA after January 17.

The WSVMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy facility for its and attendees. We will be following the most stringent policy required at the time the event is held and will also be following whichever rules may be put in place by the facility itself, the city of Renton, and/or the State of Washington. Accordingly, any of the current terms of service may be changed. Covid requirements can change rapidly, and we will endeavor to keep exhibitors up to date to the best of our ability.

Questions surrounding this policy can be directed to the WSVMA office at [email protected] or by calling (425) 396-3191.