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All Sewn Up – The art of suturing

12 June @ 19:00 - 21:00


In Person Event:

Venue: SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Ferguson Building, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA

Date: Wednesday 12th June

Time: 19:00-21:00

Light refreshments will be provided.

Kindly sponsored by:


Helen Stephens DipAVN (Surg)

Helen qualified as a Veterinary nurse in 2001. After a few years in general practice, she moved into working in Veterinary referral Centre’s to further her interest in surgical nursing. Helen worked in various referral Centre’s and gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2006.  After a few years travelling the globe and working as a veterinary nurse in Australia and Canada she returned to the UK to pursue a career in Veterinary sales. In 2014 Helen joined the B Braun VetCare team. In her work Helen enjoys meeting vets and nurses who are passionate about the Veterinary world and providing the best care for client’s animals. Outside of work Helen has a wire-haired jack Russell called Harry who is her constant companion and goes to work with her most days. Helen enjoys gardening, mountain biking, hiking, horse riding and running and has even completed a couple of marathons (which is something she never thought possible!).

Event Description:

In this “hands on” practical workshop we will start by looking at the different types of sutures (structure, degradation profile), needle types and how to choose the correct combination for the area of application. We will look at the basic instruments used for suturing, how to handle them and how to select the correct instrument for your suture, needle type and the area of application. We will practice handling of the instruments and sutures and go through some different knotting and suturing techniques. All delegates will have the chance to handle the different sutures and practice their suturing and knotting on skin pads with step-by-step guidance. Delegates will leave with greater confidence and knowledge of suture and needle types, how to select the correct suture type for the area you wish to close and what suture pattern and knot to employ.

Learning Points:

1.            Identify different needle types

2.            Identify different types of suture material

3.            State the advantages and disadvantages of common suture materials

4.            Recognise common suture patterns

BVNA Scotland Advocate: 

Leona Anderson, BSc(Hons), MISAP, RVN

Leona has worked in veterinary practice doing a variety of duties since the age of 14 and qualified as an RVN via the Level 3 City and Guilds diploma in November of 2018. Since qualifying she went back to university to complete her top-up degree in veterinary nursing. She currently works in a private mixed animal practice in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire.

Leona loves learning and is always looking for the next area she can improve on! She enjoys all aspects of nursing, in particular medical management consultations such as diabetes management, wound management and dermatology, but also surgical nursing and diagnostic imaging. She has recently returned from a 6 month sabbatical with her partner where they travelled the world, visiting 12 different countries, which included working in Australia, Malaysia and Tanzania along the way; from locuming, to a conservation project with turtles, to shelter medicine. Since returning home she has started working towards her next goal which is a masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact; cpd@bvna.co.uk

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12 June
19:00 - 21:00
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SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Ferguson Building, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA
SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Ferguson Building
Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA United Kingdom
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