SurgerySoc - Hand Tie Workshop

23 October 2014

The Faculty of Vet Science recently hosted its inaugural event for the new Surgical Society.

The first ever Surgical Society event evolved around learning surgical hand ties and instrument suturing. As well as the suturing the event hosted several other activities such as a social BBQ, surgical quiz, steady hand practicing tools, laparoscopic station and a final show off where staff and students competed against one another for several prizes such as overall best suturing.

The first event was a huge success and the size of it took everyone by surprise. Originally expecting about 70 students the Society was pleasantly surprised, although a bit shocked, when 180 tickets were sold for the first event and 20 staff were expected to attend.

The success for the first event confirmed that the students are generally interested in building upon the surgical skills that the University already provides. As a result and with the feedback we have received we are busy organising further workshops for the next academic year. Along with the workshops we are also busy organising several talks from university and guest lecturers on surgical techniques and interesting cases.

Introducing SurgerySoc!

The Surgical Society originated in late 2014 when surgery specialist Chris Tan approached veterinary science students Joe Herbert and Louis Rousille with the intent of creating a special interest society where surgical skills and knowledge are taught and practiced. Every year of the BVSc and the new DVM will now have the opportunity to practice surgical skills from the first year of their degree. The society has no intention of replacing the formidable teaching provided by the university but we intend to open up the opportunities to practice as much as possible, thus, helping increase the skills and abilities of the Sydney university graduates.

The society will not only run workshops but also lectures and seminars where university and guest lecturers will come along and present interesting cases and teach new surgical advances.