Veterinarians Innovate Surgery Education with Launch of Global Open-Access Study Book

Sep 1, 2021

The Cutting Edge Basic Veterinary Surgery Techniques’ is now available for free download

Two veterinary surgeons have set out to bring the latest veterinary surgical education to veterinarians globally with the launch of an online veterinary surgery book during the Veterinary Innovation Summit 2021.  Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn, one of the two co-editors, says: “Very few veterinary educational books are available free of charge, which limits the distribution of these important resources to regions of the world that most need better access to veterinary education and patient care.” 

The third edition of ‘The Cutting Edge, Basic Veterinary Surgery Techniques’ has been created by veterinary lecturers from both academic and private practice. This specific edition is designed for an open-access web-based platform and is free to download at The Veterinary Innovation Summit took place from August 27-29.

Co-editor Dr Gert ter Haar says: “The cool thing is that students worldwide will be able to use the information for their benefit, improving their surgical knowledge and skills at minimal cost.” 

The 400+ page volume covers a wide array of surgical topics and is not species-specific, enabling all veterinary healthcare team members to enjoy its content without sub-specializing.

“We wanted to launch the book during the Summit as its key themes were innovation and the improvement of access to care in the broadest form of its definition,” explains Dr Kirpensteijn. “By offering royalty-free education tools through a digital and global network, we are changing the world for the better step by step. Now all you need to learn is a mobile phone and a connection to the internet.”

The free download is available here:

Note to editors:

Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn and Dr Gert ter Haar graduated from the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Holland. Jolle is a Diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Past President of the WSAVA. After a 20-year career in academia, he currently works as Chief Veterinary Officer for Hills Pet Nutrition in the USA. Jolle has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, given more than 250 lectures worldwide, and has received several prestigious awards. Check out his podcasts at and his surgery website at

Gert is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, also started his career in academics. He gave over 200 national and international lectures on ENT medicine & surgery, hearing research in dogs, and soft tissue/reconstructive surgery in dogs and cats. In 2017, Gert started working in private practice for Anicura in Utrecht, The Netherlands. His current research involves hearing loss in dogs and cats and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.

Published by jollenl

Veterinary surgeon interested in cancer. Author, cat & dog lover with a focus on evidence-based medicine

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