Surgical Society at Sydney Veterinary School
The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary 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 barbecue, 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 veterinary science students are generally interested in building upon the surgical skills that the university already provides. As a result and with the feedback the society has received, they are busy organising further workshops for the next academic year. Along with the workshops, they are also busy organising several talks from university and guest lecturers on surgical techniques and interesting cases.
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 intends to open up the opportunities to practice as much as possible, thus, helping increase the skills and abilities of the Sydney Veterinary School 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.