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4 March 2022 09:00 - 4 March 2022 10:00

Learn Online: Care of the Brachycephalic dog

Online , Online, Gloucester Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB

Learn Online: Care of the Brachycephalic Dog

Start Date:
Friday 4th March 2022
Tutor: Jane Ladlow

Fees:  BSAVA Member £130; Non Member £195

This course is designed to address the management of common brachycephalic problems, including BOAS, hiatal hernias, skin disease (i.e. folds), c-sections, anaesthesia risk etc.

We will look at BOAS in detail, covering the RFG (respiratory functional grading) Scheme which can be used to introduce breathing problems to new owners, assess surgical risk and effectiveness and also guide breeders on sensible breeding stock. We will discuss treatment options and how to improve surgical effectiveness.

In week 3 we will discuss elective caesarean versus self-whelping bitches and what is the veterinary role in guiding breeders. The KC reporting forms for both caesarean sections and conformational surgery will be covered. Finally, as the number of brachycephalic dogs continues to increase, how can we try and influence owner’s decisions prepurchase and how do we discuss potential problems in a non-confrontational manner. This later section is likely to be more of an open discussion or debate as the solutions are not clear cut (at least to me).

Online activities (including quizzes and case studies) will support your learning and discussions on the online forum will be encouraged. We also provide additional resources to complement the course - the ‘BSAVA Bonus Bits’. These will include congress podcast recordings, JSAP and companion articles as well as a free chapter from the relevant BSAVA Manual (as well as a discount voucher for purchasing the whole book).

The first weekly unit will be released on the First Friday of the month, with the next weekly units being released on the following two Fridays. The discussion forum is open for the first four weeks of the course and the course content will remain available for a total of 12 weeks. You can complete the work how and when you choose over these 12 weeks.

Learning objectives


  • Understand the myriad and complexity of conformational related disease that may be seen in some brachycephalic dogs and cats
  • Improve anaesthesia techniques in brachycephalic dogs
  • Learn to grade BOAS quickly and effectively in practice
  • Discuss strategies for discussing potential problems in brachycephalic dogs in a manner that keeps owners engaged and observant

Jane Ladlow


Jane has nearly 20 years’ experience in small animal soft tissue surgery and is a Royal College and European Specialist. She has also taught numerous veterinary students and general veterinary practitioners.  Over the last 10 years in addition to clinical work, she has focused on upper airway disease in dogs, particularly brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS). Whilst at the University of Cambridge, with Dr Nai-Chieh Liu, she devised a non-invasive method of assessing airway function and also introduced a clinical grading system for BOAS which is now available as The Kennel Club/ University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading (RFG) Scheme that was launched in 2019 to facilitate the breeding of healthy dogs in bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs. The study also led to the validation of some new surgical techniques (laser turbinectomy, laryngeal surgeries) for upper airway disease. Jane will be continuing the Cambridge research in 2021 by looking at some of the other brachycephalic breeds in addition to continuing clinical work at Hamilton Specialist Referrals.

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Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

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