Soft Tissue Surgery 4

8 - 12 May 2024 | Shanghai, China

General Overview

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.

Soft Tissue Surgery 1 is mandatory before continuing on to the next courses. Soft Tissue Surgery 2, 3 and 4 can be taken in any order.

Soft Tissue Surgery 4:

This course is dedicated exclusively to head and neck surgery. A strong focus will be put on upper airways and ear surgeries. However, topics as salivary mucoceles, thyroid and parathyroid diseases and surgeries will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants

1) shall have acquired a profound knowledge of upper airways anatomy and its relevance for treatment of diseases like Brachycephalic syndrome, laryngeal paralysis and tracheal collapse;

2) shall master a clear decision-making process for ear surgeries;

3) shall be able to perform external ear surgeries and to operate or refer middle-ear ones;

4) have become confident in treating salivary mucoceles and surgical diseases of thyroid and parathyroid.


All modules will be held in China, in English language with consecutive translation in Chinese.

Requirement: Completing STS1 is mandatory

CPD Hours: 40

Tuition Fee: 1.750 EUR - 3.150 EUR

Course Language: English with consecutive translation into Chinese

Full Program (Click to Open)
Day 1

08:30 – 09:00 Course Introduction
09:00 – 09:45 Brachycephaly related diseases, symptoms and diagnosis
09:45 – 10:30 Surgery to correct brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 Laryngeal paralysis
11:45 – 12:30 Tracheal collapse
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:15 Tracheal diseases, trauma, tracheostomy and tracheal resection and anastomosis
14:15 – 15:00 Salivary gland diseases and treatments
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Surgical diseases and treatments of Thyroid and Parathyroid gland diseases

Day 2
08:30 – 09:30 Endoscopic examination of the upper airways: Principles
09:30 – 17:00 Surgical lab and endoscopic lab parallel
Palatoplasty demonstration
Tie-back demonstration
Salivary glands
Day 3

08:30 – 09:00 Anatomy & physiology of the ears
09:00 – 09:45 Otitis externa; decision making
09:45 – 10:15 Other surgical ear conditions
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:30 Middle ear disease in dogs
11:30 – 12:00 Middle ear disease in cats
12:00 – 12:30 Nasopharyngeal polyps
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:15 Surgical procedures for external ear canal diseases
14:15 – 15:00 Surgical procedures for middle ear diseases
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Diagnostic work-up for nasal disease
16:15 – 17:00 Surgery of the nose
Social Event

Day 4
09:00 – 12:30 Ear surgery lab
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 Wounds of the head: How to reconstruct them
14:30 – 17:00 Nose and wounds labs
Day 5

Interactive Casus clinical cases
Wrap-up session: Upper airways
Wrap-up session: Ears


Course Masters

Dr. Gert ter Haar


Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Dr. Nicolien van Klaveren

Dipl. ECVS

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Registration and Fees

Discount tuition fee for Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Pakistan, Lebanon and Vietnam: EURO 1.850,–

    Early registration: Euro 1.750,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 7th February 2024)

Discount tuition fee for Macao, South Korea and Taiwan: EURO 2.450,–

    Early registration: Euro 2.350,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 7th February 2024)

Tuition fee for Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Canada, USA and Japan: EURO 3.150,–

    Early registration: Euro 3.050,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 7th February 2024)

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