The manifestation of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is the subject of an upcoming free talk by London Vet Specialists’ Janet Kovak McClaran, one of the world’s leading soft tissue surgeons.

Janet Kovak McClaran
Janet Kovak McClaran, head of surgery at London Vet Specialists.

The presentation “Brachycephalic obstructive airway disease: considerations and surgical management” will take place on 26 April at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.

Dr McClaran, former head of surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, will look at the common presenting signs of BOAS, such as snoring, coughing, panting and inability to exercise, as well as more severe manifestations such as collapse.

Diagnostic investigation

Dr McClaran will also discuss anatomical development and features, before considering the work-up of cases including diagnostic investigation. She will advise on selecting patients that would benefit from surgery and how these are best stabilised and prepared.

A look at traditional surgical techniques, such as rhinoplasty and palatoplasty, will be followed by a discussion of novel techniques, including laser-assisted turbinectomy.

Emergency intervention

As these high-risk surgical patients need particularly careful postoperative care, a discussion of emergency intervention in the recovering period is also included.

Elanco logoThe event is free for all veterinary professionals and CPD certificates are available. The evening commences at 7pm with supper and refreshments, followed by the seminar at 7:45pm, with an end time of 9:30pm. The event is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.

To register, email or telephone 020 7433 0155. Early booking is advised.

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