Fix the Face: Brachycephalic and Ear Surgery Workshop

16th – 18th April 2021

University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

CDP Value: NSW: 26.5 CPD points
Other states: 16 CPD points
VetEd: 26.5 points

When is surgery indicated and which surgical technique is appropriate? Surgical conditions of the head and neck present a challenge to most veterinarians yet more and more patients need this care due to the popularity of brachycephalic breeds. This workshop will help you improve your surgical techniques and is also a useful adjunct to preparations for membership examinations. Develop your skills in an intimate and supportive environment with specialist tutors and feel confident approaching these cases in practice.

Do you struggle with…

  • How much should be removed to improve the nares opening?
  • Confidence to perform soft palate surgery?
  • Patients with persistent ear disease who seem to have been on every possible medication available with no positive outcome?

What if there was a way you could offer your brachycephalic patients the preventative care they didn’t know they needed?

With hours and hours in wet lab practicals, you’ll be fit and ready to offer more to your clients back in the clinic. Learn techniques around nares and saccule surgery. Perform your own folded flap or soft palate resection with specialist educators right by your side. Practice placing trach tubes, oesophagostomy tubes, performing TECA and bulla osteotomy. You can be sure your questions will be answered and you’ll feel more confident with your techniques.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Anatomy of vital and redundant respiratory structures
  • Anatomy of the ear and viborgs triangle
  • Principals of soft tissue surgery
  • Instrument handling and appropriate use
You will develop skills in :
  • Soft palate resection
  • Everted saccule excision
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Stenotic nares augmentation
  • Tracheostomy
  • Pharyngostomy
  • Vertical ear canal surgery
  • Total ear canal ablation

Workshop Schedule



With the skills you gain at a VetPrac course, you can dramatically increase your income.


If you bill approximately $900 for a procedure practiced in this course, with just four procedures you’ll have paid for this course and increased revenue earnings for your clinic.


Plus, you may be able to claim some or all of the cost as professional development or a tax deduction.

Your Educators

Dr Charles Kuntz

Qualifications: DVM, MS Diplomate ACVS, and ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology

Specialisation: Surgery

Dr Charles Kuntz has completed a Surgical Residency and Masters of Veterinary Science at the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and was Cardiac Surgery Fellow at the Auburn University, Surgical Oncology Fellow at the Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Colorado State University, and Program Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine. He then moved to Australia to pursue another adventure as the founder and director of Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals.

Dr Kat Crosse

Dr Kat Crosse

Qualifications: MA VetMB MANZCVS DipECVS

Specialisation: Companion Animal Surgery

Ten years after graduating, an internship, residency and set of board exams, Kat became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. During Kat's residency she developed a more focused interest in airway disease and particularly the pathophysiology of brachycephalic dogs. During normal hours she is a Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Surgery at Massey University, New Zealand and in her spare time is in the early stages of a PhD working towards understanding the welfare, anatomical and physiological challenges faced by brachycephalic breeds.

Dr Tania Banks

Dr Tania Banks

Qualifications: BVSc, FACVSc (Small Animal Surgery), GC(HEd), Phd Candidate

Specialisation: Soft Tissue Surgery

Tania completed her small animal surgery residency at The University of Queensland and at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) Underwood. She was awarded a Fellowship in small animal surgery (by examination) in 2005, and has practiced as a specialist surgeon at various referral centres in England and Brisbane, and recently completed a PhD in tissue engineering. Tania currently works as a small animal surgeon at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS). Tania performs all aspects of small animal surgery with a particular emphasis on soft tissue and oncology surgery.

Dr Abbie Tipler

Qualifications: BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery)

Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery

Dr Abbie is a small animal veterinarian with 14 years of world-wide veterinary experience and a membership in Small Animal Surgery. She graduated from Massey University in 2004 and soon after graduation discovered her passion for small animal surgery. In 2011 she travelled to Australia to sit her Australian Memberships in Small Animal Surgery and in April 2021 completed her residency program in small animal surgery. Abbie runs the Small Animal Surgery FB discussion page with over 4000 veterinary members and is employed as a small animal surgeon at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS).


What our participants say…

“This was a well-targeted surgical workshop revising a series of procedures that can be done in general practice. Labs were great and lecture style enjoyable. Food and social events were really well organised, relaxed and made this a special event. Thank you.”


“This workshop was the most amazing CE I have attended. The people there and the knowledge presented just blew my mind! The prac sessions were great and very hands-on, which made learning for me so much easier.” 

Dr. Alanna Harth

“Freakin brilliant. Even though I had done most of the procedures the amount of tips and tricks I got from the amazing instructors was invaluable.”

Dr Candice Loft

“Extremely practical application of theories taught. Loved Charles, Tania, Kat and Abbie’s awesome tips. I leant so many things over the past 3 days and can’t wait to put it into realife life practice.” 

Dr. Anne Graham

Your Questions Answered

What happens if I pay and then later can’t come?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 30% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

The terms & conditions will apply and you will have to make a decision 45 days prior to the workshop to receive a refund.

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided a full refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss groups discounts.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165


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