Soft Tissue Surgery 1

15 - 19 July 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. A fifth “advanced” module is being planned. 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 1 (Soft Tissue Surgery 1) is mandatory before continuing on to the next courses. STS 2, 3 and 4 can be taken in any order. It is recommended to take STS 5 only after completion of the previous courses.

Soft Tissue Surgery 1:

This course focuses on the basic principles of surgery, tissue handling, knotting techniques and general abdominal and gastro-intestinal surgery.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants

1) shall be able to apply atraumatic surgery principles on all occasions,

2) Master current abdominal surgeries principles and techniques,

3) have changed paradigm, not trying anymore to know “how” but “why”.


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

CPD Hours: 40

Tuition Fee: 1.750 - 3.150 EUR

Course Language: English with consecutive translation into Chinese

Full Program (Click to Open)
Day 1

7 hours of Recorded Webinars on Surgical methods from STS I Panel course masters
Webinar: Surgical Site Infections: 1hour
Webinar: Instrument and Tissue Handling Techniques: 1 hour
Webinar: Patient, Surgeon, OP Room Preparation: 1 hour
Webinar: Desinfection/Sterilisation Methods: 45 ‘
Webinar: Hemostasis, Hemostatic Devices: 1 hour
Webinar: Suture Material and Suture Techniques: 1 hour
Webinar: Abdominal Wall Anatomy, Approaches, Closure and biopsies: 75’

Day 2

08:30-09:00 Local welcome
09:00-10:30 Debriefing from Webinars with MCQs, Polls and casus cases
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00- 12:00 Basic Knowledge in Gastro-Intestinal Surgery: Anatomy, Surgery
12:00 – 12:30 Particularities of Large Intestines and large intestines surgical diseases
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 Use of Omentum and Abdominal Hernias Closure
14:30 – 15:00 The Fast Splenectomy
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:30 Dry labs on suture and ligature techniques
18:00-19:30 Ice-breaker


Day 3 – Practical Exercise

Abdominal exploration
Use of omentum, lengthening techniques,
Abdominal biopsies
Entero and enterectomies
Fast splenectomy


Day 4 – Lectures and Wrap-Up Session

08:30-09:30 Nutritional needs of the Surgical Patient
09:30-10:30 Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 The Septic Peritonitis
12:30-13:00 Introduction to Minimally-Invasive Surgery
13:00 –14:00 Lunch Break
14-16:00 Pain management in abdominal surgery Rocchi
16:00-18:00 Debriefing, wrap-up session
19:00 Social Dinner


Day 5 – Practical Exercises

Feeding Tubes Placement,
Serosal patch,
Fast Splenectomy,


Course Masters

Dr. Gabriele Gradner


Vienna, Austria

Dr. Roxana Merca


Vienna, Austria


Dr. Lydia Koch


Vienna, Austria

Course Location

Lectures (Days 1, 2 and 4):  Jinjiang MetroPolo Hotel Classiq Shanghai Peoples' Square- 2F Conference, No.123 Xizang South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200021 China

Practicals (Days 3 and 5): Birkenfeld Pet Hospital Shanghai, No.1745 South Xi Zang Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai


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: 14th April 2024)

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

    Early registration: Euro 2.350,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 14th April 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: 14th April 2024)

Fully Booked.

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Soft Tissue Surgery 1, TBA/China, Dr. Siedenburg 28. Feb 2025

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Soft Tissue Surgery 3, Shanghai/China, Dr. Brissot & Dr. Bismuth 24. - 28. Mar 2025

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Soft Tissue Surgery 2, TBA/China, Dr. Van Goethem 01. Jun 2025

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Soft Tissue Surgery 1, TBA/China, Dr. Gradner 29. Aug 2025

in preparation

Soft Tissue Surgery 5, TBA/China, Dr. Findji & Dr. Jiménez Peláez 29. Sep 2025

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If you have any questions regarding the registration or any other further details for the courses in Asia please contact the ESAVS Office for Asia: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.