Veterinary Surgery (VETS9007)


Students will participate in second opinion, referral, in-house and primary accession consultations with the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney Surgery Service. They will participate in surgical procedures performed by the surgery service. Students will perform surgical procedures on primary accession cases and participate in a teaching hospital desexing program. They will be closely supervised by a surgery specialist or surgery referral registrar. Case management will be discussed at daily surgery rounds and on a case-by-case basis with clinical instructors.
At the end of this unit of study, students will: Apply effective problem solving skills, including consideration of differential diagnoses, and the use of appropriate and cost effective diagnostic aids to diagnose the common surgical conditions of small animals; Develop and implement appropriate surgical techniques for common conditions in small animals; Communicate effectively with clients regarding the management, treatment and relevant costs involved with the surgical conditions of their animals; Communicate effectively, orally and through appropriate sources of veterinary literature, with fellow veterinarians within the University and wider veterinary community; Work effectively individually and part of a team, including provision of support and advice to junior and senior colleagues; Demonstrate an ability to adapt to an environment of change and make decisions and act accordingly in unpredictable circumstances that might be encountered in small animal surgery; Demonstrate an ability to instruct/supervise junior colleagues in ovariohysterectomy and castration of small animals, through practical and theoretical demonstration of knowledge of the anatomy of the abdominal wall, urogenital tract, anatomical features that may complicate or facilitate ovariohysterectomy/ castration, advantages and disadvantages of open and closed castration.

Further unit of study information




On-going assessment of performance (40%); submission of a detailed case log that will be assessed by a Board (10%); external presentation (10%), individual assignment (40%).


Slatter DH. ed. Textbook of Small Animal Surgery. 2nd edn. Philadelphia: WB Saunders 2002
Fossum T. ed. Small Animal Surgery. 2nd edn. Mosby 2002

Faculty/department permission required?


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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.