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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2019

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2019

Sat, July 20, 2019 - Sun, July 21, 2019

This small animal flexible endoscopy course is introductory and will focus on equipment selection, diagnosis, surgical techniques and how to integrate endoscopy into your practice. The following areas will be discussed during this two-day event: endoscopic gastric foreign body retrieval, techniques for a colon prep and colonoscopy, esophagoscopy, gastroscopy, and duodenoscopy with biopsy. There is a hands-on laboratory on both days which will include both upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures such as esophagoscopy, gastroscopy, duodenoscopy, and colonoscopy. A technician may attend with the veterinarian but will only be able to observe in the lab. **PLEASE BRING SCRUBS FOR THE WET LAB.

Sponsored by Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy America 

Maximum Capacity: 18

Event Agenda

Saturday, July 20th

8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40 Welcome & Course Overview:   Dr. Todd Tams
8:40-10:30 GI endoscopy: indications, case examples, equipment selection,
how to become proficient
10:30-11:00 Refreshment Break & Practice with endoscopy training models
11:00-12:30 Techniques for esophagoscopy, gastroscopy,
and duodenoscopy with biopsy techniques 
12:30-1:15 Lunch  with Instructors 
1:15-4:30 Hands-on Laboratory with esophagoscopy, gastroscopy,
and duodenoscopy- Drs. Tams, Bartges, Marks
4:30-5:00 Participant Roundtable Session: What Did I Learn?  

Sunday, July 21st

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00 Integration of endoscopy into your practice
10:00-10:15 Refreshment Break 
10:15-11:15 Colonoscopy: indications, cases, colon prep, colonoscopy techniques
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 Endoscopic gastric foreign body retrieval
12:15-1:00 Lunch with Instructors
1:00-4:30 Hands-on laparoscopy laboratory: Drs. Tams, Bartges, Marks
4:30-5:00 Participant Roundtable Session: What Did I Learn? 

Event Fees

Veterinarian (textbook included) $2,000
Veterinarian (no textbook) $1,835
Resident  $1,600
This course provides 15 CE Hours  


*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM


In his capacity as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tams has the responsibility of maintaining the highest standards of quality medical care at our hospitals and in our educational programs. He also heads up our Medical Advisory Board while helping to chair VCA’s Regional Medical Directors. Not only is he a published author and a renowned educational speaker, but he is an experienced veterinarian and a board-certified specialist in internal medicine. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ohio State University

Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, ACVIM, ACVN


Dr. Joe Bartges received his BS in zoology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and his DVM from The University of Georgia. He completed an internship and residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD at the University of Minnesota. ​Currently, Dr. Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

Steven L Marks, BVSc, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM


Clinical Professor, Critical Care and Internal Medicine/Associate Dean and Director, Veterinary Medical Services

Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy America




Contact Information

Contact: Cheryl Kennedy

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 Group Code: VBE
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381 
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 220 S Hull St, Athens, GA      *706-850-2072

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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