Suturing: Materials, Patterns, and Techniques

When performing survival surgery, proper wound closure is an important step to animal recovery. Selection of the appropriate suture materials and suture patterns, and knowledge about tissue handling, can play a significant role in uncomplicated tissue healing. Hands-on training is especially beneficial. Participants in this workshop will receive instruction on:

  • Correct use of surgical instruments
  • Selection of suture materials based on size, composition, and characteristics of each suture material
  • Suture patterns including simple interrupted, simple continuous, and subcuticular patterns
  • Use of wound clips and stainless steel staples, basic tissue handling techniques


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