This one-day workshop will address the challenges faced when presented with a dog with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. It will aid both your medical and surgical decision making in these complex and often urgent cases.

You will learn about the anatomical and pathophysiologic changes associated with BOAS and the surgical techniques to correct them, as well as pre- and post-operative management of these compromised patients.

Delegates will have plenty of opportunity to practice surgical techniques in a wet-lab setting.

Key Skills:

At the end of this workshop delegates should be able to:

  • Make decisions on management of dogs with airway obstruction
  • Confidently perform pharyngeal and laryngeal examinations on brachycephalic dogs
  • Learn and apply the principles of brachycephalic surgery and know when and when not to operate
  • Confidently perform temporary tracheostomy

Speaker Biography:

Damian Chase

European and NZ Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery


Damian is a surgical specialist based at VSG in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a co-founder of Practical CPD. He graduated from Massey University in 1997 and spent a number of years in mixed animal practice before he completed his residency in small animal surgery at Glasgow University. Damian gained the Diploma for the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011.

Damian has a keen interest in all aspects of surgery especially complex fracture fixation and reconstructive surgery. He also enjoys working with wildlife and has operated on a variety of different species such as chimpanzees, giraffes, and seals, including two trips to Cameroon to operate on lowland gorillas.

Brachycephalic Surgery Wet-lab