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Small Animal Surgery

Small Animal Surgery

Sat, August 17, 2019 - Sun, August 18, 2019

Practitioners will participate in a continuing education experience designed to maximize exposure to common soft tissue procedures including surgical treatment of mast cell tumors, enterotomy, resection and anastomosis, splenectomy, hernia repair, episioplasty, toe, tail, and limb amputation, and common bandaging techniques.  Afternoon cadaver laboratories will reinforce the surgical techniques covered in morning lectures. Three ACVS Diplomates will present morning lectures and will be present for guidance in the laboratory.

Maximum Capacity: 50

Event Agenda

Saturday, August 17

7:30-8:00 Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:10 Welcome and Introductions- Chad Schmiedt
8:10-9:00 Small intestinal surgery - obstruction, biopsy, resection, and anastomosis - Chad Schmiedt
9:00-9:30 Surgical approach to the mast cell tumor - Chad Schmiedt
9:30-9:40 Break
9:40-10:30 Hernia repair - Mandy Wallace
10:30-11:20 Splenectomy - Mandy Wallace
11:20-12:10 OVE vs. OHH vs. Ovary sparing - Mandy Wallace
12:10-1:00 Lunch 
1:00-5:00 Lab: Chad Schmiedt, Mandy Wallace, Janet Grimes
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Mast cell tumor resection
  • Enterotomy
  • Resection and Anastomosis


Sunday, August 18

7:45-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Episioplasty - Janet Grimes
9:00-10:00 Limb amputation- Janet Grimes
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-11:00 Toe and tail amputation - Janet Grimes
11:00-11:30 Bandaging techniques- Mandy Wallace
11:30-12:30 Lunch 
12:30-4:00 Lab: Chad Schmiedt, Janet Grimes, Mandy Wallace
  • Toe amputation
  • Tail amputation
  • Episioplasty
  • Bandaging techniques

Event Fees

Registration Fee $500
This course offers 15 CE hours  

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Speakers

Chad Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS


Dr. Chad Schmiedt received his DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tennessee, and then a one-year surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Following his internships, Dr. Schmiedt completed a three-year surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Schmiedt was a Clinical Instructor at the University of Wisconsin for two years following his residency. In the summer of 2007, Dr. Schmiedt returned to UGA to join the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine as a soft tissue surgeon. Dr. Schmiedt is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Mandy Wallace, DVM, DACVS


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.

Janet Grimes, DVM, MS, DACVS


Dr. Janet Grimes is currently an Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery at UGA. She graduated with her DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She then interned at Texas A&M University as a Veterinary Intern Instructor. She later finished her Small Animal surgery residency and Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at the Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine. In the past, Dr. Grimes was also a Chief of Companion Animal Surgery and Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Surgery at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Contact Information

Contact: Cheryl Kennedy

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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: SAS
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381 Ref # 91767
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430  Block Code: SAS
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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