4 November 2024

Companion Animal Surgery - Good Surgical Practice

This course is a compulsory course at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science. The Master is a post graduate education targeted small animal veterinarians seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with theoretical and practical tools to perform rational diagnostic work-up and clinical decision making and to extend the participants knowledge, personal skills and competences within the discipline of companion animal surgery.

The course will provide the students with theoretical and practical competences within the fundamentals of companion animal surgery as it relates to first opinion practice – in particular atraumatic tissue handling, asepsis and sterility and the problem-oriented and evidence based background for decision making in companion animal surgical procedures.

The course addresses the principles of and uses a set of tools to assess the outcome of surgeries in general and to establish, perform and develop a continuous quality-assurance program in particular.

As part of the responsibilities of the companion animal surgeon the course emphasizes the importance of the management of animal pain perception and individually tailored anaesthetic and analgesic management.

Read more about the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.










Lectures, e-learning, theoretical and practical exercises. Case-study work.














Having completed the course, the student must be able to:


• Understand the possibilities and limitations of surgical intervention primarily in clinical companion animal situations.
• Understand importance of application of good surgical practice (GSP) in companion animal surgery.
• Explain and discuss the key principles that are mandatory prior to initiating and for the follow-up of surgery in companion animal patients.
• Assess the limitations and contraindications related to surgeries in companion animal patients.
• Define and identify key surgically relevant anatomical structures.


• Apply the physiological response to pain and tissue trauma in companion animals in a surgical situation.
• Interpret signs of companion animal pain and apply appropriate pain alleviation and anaesthesia.
• Perform key surgical techniques including induction of anaesthesia, haemostasis, advanced suture and surgical techniques for companion animal patients.
• Perform oral presentations for both specialist and non-specialist colleagues and clients.
• Apply evidence based information and approaches in surgical patients including searchable medical databases such as Medline.


• Plan, decide and evaluate a diagnostic work-up for a patient with a complex history within companion animal surgery.
• Independently obtain, evaluate and elaborate on evidence based new knowledge within companion animal surgery.
• Collaborate and communicate within and between specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in companion animal surgical patient management.















Continuing professional development for small animal veterinarians.
This course is a compulsory course at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science, which is a post-graduate programme. 

You must meet the following criteria to be admitted to this course: 

  • Hold a degree in Veterinary Medicine
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience from companion animal practice
  • Be proficient in English

Find detailed information about the formal requirements for this course.

















Course responsibles

  • Professor Thomas Eriksen, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Associate Professor, James Edward Miles, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


  • James Edward Miles
  • Thomas Eriksen
  • Helle Harding Poulsen
  • Hanne Ellen Kortegaard
  • Other national and international capacities within the field























Course details

Duration: 6 days on campus
Dates: 4-9 November 2024
Frequency: Only available every second year
Course capacity: 30 students
Place: University Hospital for Companion Animals,  Frederiksberg, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 37,000 DKK
Master student: 33,500 DKK

Non-EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 42,300 DKK
Master student: 38,800 DKK

Tuition fees include course materials and lunch/coffee. Books are not included in the tuition fees and must be purchased by the participants.
Level and credit: Master course; 7,5 ECTS
Examination date: Please consult the exam schedule
Application deadline: Master's programme: 1 May 2023
Course: 9 September 2024
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science

The opening of the application period is announced via the programme newsletter.
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