118.764 Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery (15 credit)

Lecturer: Richard Jerram BVSc, DACVS, Registered Specialist, Small Animal Surgery

This distance course will take a practical and relevant approach to the management of common soft tissue surgical conditions in the dog and cat. Many soft tissue surgical conditions can be challenging because they present infrequently in practice, and surgical procedures can be difficult to learn as normal anatomy has often been effaced by the disease process. Improve your decision making, peri-operative management and surgical technique by joining a supportive online study community.

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

On this course you will learn:

  • enhanced skills in the planning and performance of common soft tissue surgical procedures in the dog and cat
  • to anticipate potential complications of surgery, minimise their occurrence and manage them confidently should they arise
  • to develop an individual patient plan from presentation to post-operative care, that incorporates client and patient needs.

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by a recognised international expert in his field.

In this course, Richard will use a mixture of textbooks, recent literature, videos and webinar sessions will help you better advise owners of possible options and outcomes, and how to recognise when surgical intervention is, or is not, appropriate.

Your lecturers

DR RICHARD JERRAM – BVSc Diplomate ACVS-SA Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Richard graduated from Massey University in 1987.

He completed a three-year residency program from 1996-99 in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University. Richard is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery.  He is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in New Zealand and has been working at the Veterinary Specialist Group since 2001.

Richard regularly lectures to veterinarians and has published numerous articles on surgical topics in veterinary journals.

KYLE CLARK –  BVSc (Dist), MVSc, Diplomate ACVS-SA Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Kyle graduated from Massey University with distinction in 2006. 

She left New Zealand to pursue specialization in Small Animal Surgery.  She completed a second rotating internship in Prince Edward Island, Canada and went on to complete a 3-year residency in small animal surgery.  In addition to this, she completed a Master’s degree in gait analysis of dogs.  Kyle became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and returned to New Zealand.  She has worked as a lecturer and surgeon at Massey University. Kyle joined the team of surgeons at Veterinary Specialists in 2016 and brings her skills of minimally invasive surgery to the group.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop face to face as well as streamed online
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Real time webinars with Jonathan (recorded sessions allow flexible study)
  • Lecturer facilitated case discussions


  • Portfolio of course work
  • Final case-based assignments

Course requirements

  • Internet access: high speed (broadband) internet access is required for this course to enable you to access full online content with ease.
  • Fossum TW et al(2012). Small animal surgery. 4th ed. Mosby, Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 0323100793

  • Tobias  KM, Johnston SA (2012). Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal. Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 9781437707465

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2019 are NZ$6746.  Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZD$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.


contact workshop (contact course)

The contact workshop for Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery will run alongside those for the Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine and Canine and Feline Oncology courses.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2017
Course start 26 February 2018
Exam period 29 October – 14 November 2018
Course end 14 November 2018

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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