A two-day neurosurgery event for residents has been hosted by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham and veterinary group Linnaeus

The practical lab-based course covered a range of advanced spinal, intracranial and instrumented procedures, including approaches to the brain, dural closure techniques and placement of pedicle screws with 3D printed guides. 

The 15 delegates were third year residents or board eligible clinicians and represented a range of hospitals across the UK, most of which are part of Linnaeus.

Sessions were led by Tom Shaw, RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, and Sebastien Behr, RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and Head of Neurology at Willows. 

Natasha Hetzel, Internship and Residency Manager at Linnaeus, commented: 

“This is the first practical teaching course we have offered to our neurology residents. Offering this training, in addition to teaching in clinic, will help our residents to develop their skills, share insight and get to know their colleagues across Linnaeus. 

“We have 112 residents based at 12 hospitals, with their expertise contributing to the high-quality care we offer to our patients across the UK. Providing a wide range of residencies also enables our interns to progress into that career route if they wish.”

Professor Rob White, Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Nottingham, said:

“The event was a real success. Organising this training with the University of Nottingham demonstrates how the private sector can work closely with academia to provide more professional development opportunities across the veterinary profession.”

Tom Shaw added:

“This event was designed to help develop the skills, confidence and knowledge of neurology residents by giving them the opportunity to apply different techniques to a wide range of procedures. These residents will be leading patient care in years to come, and courses like this will also help to encourage learning and collaboration across the group. The facilities at the school were first class and provided a superb learning environment.”

The event was also generously supported by Veterinary Instrumentation and B. Braun VetCare.

Linnaeus residencies cover 11 disciplines from anaesthesia to zoo medicine. The group also supports 86 rotating interns and 35 discipline-specific interns, who can then progress into residencies if they want to explore that career route.

For further information about training opportunities at Linnaeus, please visit www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk/careers/career-pathways

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