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Advanced Laparoscopic/Thoracoscopic Surgery

Advanced Laparoscopic/Thorascopic Surgery 2017

Sat, September 30, 2017 - Sun, October 01, 2017

The goal of this advanced course is to elevate the surgeon with basic minimally invasive surgery (MIS) skills to perform the most advanced procedures including recently introduced surgeries and modifications of standard MIS.  Teaching formats will include lectures, case presentations, dry labs of psychomotor techniques including intracorporeal suturing. Sunday will be a full day of MIS procedures in the wet lab.  

This “hands-on” training includes laparoscopy (gastropexy (3 ways), calculi removal, spay,  intracorporeal and extracorporal knot tying, excision biopsy of left medial iliac lymph node for cancer staging, cholecystectomy, adrenalectomy,  and enterostomy feeding tube placement) and thoracoscopy (pericardium, lung biopsy with endo-loop, lobectomy with stapler, thoracic duct clip, lymph node staging & dissection, chylothorax surgery (TDL, CCL, pericardial resection), extracorporeal knot tying about intercostal artery while in ventral recumbency or of internal thoracic when in dorsal recumbency.)  

New techniques will include single port (SILS) approaches, operating scopes, use of barbed suture, multiple approaches to urinary calculi removal, hybrid approach for thoracoscopy to resect lung, and near infrared technology.

This 2-day course offers 15 CE hours 

Maximum Capacity: 18

Event Agenda

Saturday, September 30, 2016

8:30-8:30 Registration/Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40 Course Overview
8:40-9:40 Laparoscopy: Anesthesia, Instrumentation, Techniques & Exploration/Biopsies
Clarence Rawlings
9:40-10:00 Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques- Clarence Rawlings
10:00-10:45 Refreshment Break with Psychomotor Skills in Lab
10:15-11:45 Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments (continued)- Clarence Rawlings
11:45-12:15 Updates on Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques.
Alternative techniques for Laparoscopic
Jeffrey Runge
12:15-1:10 Lunch
1:10-1:30 Endoscopic Knot Tying, EndoStitch, & V-Loc Suturing- Jeffrey Runge
1:30-1:45 Ligasure- Clarence Rawlings
1:45-2:00 Decreasing port numbers, SILS and assisted techniques- Jeffery Runge
2:00-2:30 Thorascopy: Anesthesia, Airway Management, and Instrumentation- Jeffery Runge
2:30-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Thoracoscopy Treatments with Case Presentations- Jeffery Runge
4:15-4:30 Lab Orientation (team forming & technique selection for Day 2)
4:30-5:00 Participant Roundtable: What Did I Learn?


Sunday, October 1, 2016

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-12:00 Wet Lab: Organ & mass biopsies, gastropexy (1 of 3 alternatives):
cholecystectomy, spay, calculi removal, intracorporeal and extracorporeal knot tying, 
excision biopsy of left medial iliac lymph node for cancer staging,
dissect and remove right adrenal gland, and enterostomy feeding tube placement.
12:00-1:00 Lunch with the Professors
1:00-4:30 Wet Lab: Laparoscopy Followed by Thoracoscopy in Lab:
pericardium resections, lung biopsy with endo‐loop, lobectomy with stapler, thoracic duct clip,
lymph node dissection, cysterna choli ablation,
dissect between pulmonary artery and aorta,
extracorporeal knot tying around internal thoracic when in dorsal recumbency.
4:30-5:00 Participant Roundtable: What Did I Learn? What Can I Take Home?

Event Fees

Veterinarian (textbook included) $2,000
Veterinarian (no textbook) $1,835
Resident $1,600
Technician (must be accompanied by a Veterinarian) $175
This course will provide 15 CE hours  


*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Dr. Clarence Rawlings, DVM


Dr. Rawlings is a general surgeon who transitioned from Professor to Professor Emeritus in June 2004 after spending 30 years on the staff at the University of Georgia. He continues to practice as a surgery consultant. Most consultation is providing endoscopic training in veterinary hospitals throughout the United States. These 2-6 days programs have accelerated the integration of rigid endoscopy into improved patient care. He is past-president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and directs Veterinary Endoscopy Training Symposia at the University of Georgia. In addition to his clinical practice, he has conducted basic and clinical research into several areas involving heartworm disease, abdominal surgery, incontinence, and minimally invasive surgery. He works closely with surgical device companies. His current research involves urinary incontinence and minimally invasive surgery. He is passionate about helping more veterinarians integrate endoscopy into their practices.

Dr. Jeffery Runge, DVM, DACVS


Dr. Runge is an assistant professor and the head of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Runge focuses his research on the single incision laparoscopic surgery and MIS near-infrared fluorescence cancer imaging. Dr. Runge’s group at Penn continues to advance minimally invasive surgery in small animals whilst providing translational science between humans and animals.

Dr. Mandy Wallace, DVM


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.

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpartick

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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
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122
Block Code: VET
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381 
Group Code: 88692
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

*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.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

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