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Advanced Laparoscopic/Thorascopic Surgery 2018

Advanced Laparoscopic/Thorascopic Surgery 2018

Sat, September 22, 2018 - Sun, September 23, 2018

The goal of this advanced course is to elevate the surgeon with 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.  *Basic endoscopic surgery skills are required for this course.  If you do not have experience with basic endoscopic surgery, please refer to the Basic Soft Tissue Endoscopy course offered on July 21-22, 2018. 

This “hands-on” training includes laparoscopy (gastropexy (3 ways), calculi removal, spay,  intracorporeal and extracorporeal 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 22

Ameet Singh

Ameet Singh

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 Total Laparoscopic Gastropexy Technique - Ameet Singh
12:15-1:10 Lunch
1:10-1:30 Thoracoscopic Instrumentation and Devices (wtih NIR) - Ameet Singh
1:30-1:45 Ligasure, Force Triad, - Mandy Wallace
1:45-2:00 Decreasing port numbers, SILS and assisted techniques- Ameet Singh
2:00-2:30 Anesthesia for Thoracoscopy and One-Lung Ventilation Techniques - Ameet Singh
2:30-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Thoracoscopy Treatments with Case Presentations- Mandy Wallace
4:15-4:30 Lab Orientation (team forming & technique selection for Day 2)
4:30-5:00 Participant Roundtable: What Did I Learn?


Sunday, September 23

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 Instructors
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

Clarence Rawlings, DVM, PhD, DACVS


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.

Ameet Singh DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVS-SA


Dr. Singh is an Associate Professor in Small Animal Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Minimally invasive surgery represents his major clinical interest and his research group continues to provide novel information on the outcomes of MIS in small animals. He is the president-elect of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society and was recently named an ACVS Founding Fellow in Small Animal Soft Tissue MIS.

Mandy Wallace, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


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 Kilpatrick

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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: VOM
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 BLOCK Code 89864
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

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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