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Feline Surgery for the Private Practitioner

Sat, September 17, 2016 - Sun, September 18, 2016

The soft tissue surgeons at the University of Georgia offer a unique continuing education opportunity for practitioners wishing to expand their abilities in feline surgery.  We will focus on abdominal, urogenital, middle ear, and reconstructive surgeries commonly performed in cats.  The first day will focus on abdominal surgeries and include gastrointestinal surgery, cystotomy, and subtotal colectomy.  The second day will tackle more advanced procedures including ventral bulla osteotomy, perineal urethrostomy, and body wall excision for soft tissue sarcoma.  

Maximum Capacity: 50

Event Agenda

Saturday- September 17, 2016
Check –in and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
Principles of gastrointestinal surgery:  basic concepts, GI and Lymph node biopsy 
Principles of gastrointestinal surgery: -otomies and resection and anastomosis
Megacolon and Subtotal colectomy
Liver biopsy techniques
Lunch and Learn – Renal transplantation (30 minutes)
Wet Lab:            
Resection and anastomosis
Lymph node biopsy
Liver biopsy
Subtotal colectomy
Sunday- September 18, 2016 
Continental Breakfast
FLUTD- Emergency and medical management, uroabdomen
Perineal Urethrostomy- surgical technique
Approach to soft tissue sarcoma excision in cats
Middle ear disease in cars- ventral bullae osteotomy
Lunch and Learn – Kidney and ureteral stones (30 minutes)
Wet Lab: 
Perineal urethrostomy
Soft tissue sarcoma excision (body wall excision)
Ventral bulla osteotomy

Event Fees

Veterinarian Registration Fee   $450  
This course provides 15 C.E. Hours for both days.         

Event Speakers

Dr. Mandy Wallace

Dr. Mandy Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. She was the PennHIP research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania prior to her residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Florida. She joined UGA as an assistant professor in August 2016 after completion of her residency. Dr. Wallace research interests are in hepatic vascular anomalies and biomaterials for soft tissue surgery.

Chad Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS

Associate Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

Additional Information

*Please bring SCRUBS for the wet lab*

Event Location

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Travel Information

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens.  Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens.  For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433 * Block Code: MED
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122 
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381 * Block Code: 86923
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites  3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606
Block Code: vmavmaa(two queen beds) or vmavmab(one king bed)

*Registration fee includes: continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event. A $15 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued thereafter. You may transfer your registration to an upcoming event. No refunds will be issued to a registration that has been transferred from another event.

Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event. A $15 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Transfers are not guaranteed with conferences that include a wet lab. No refunds will be issued thereafter. If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

Privacy Notice: Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from this program’s registration as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

Registration is Closed.

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