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Small Animal Surgery

Small Animal Surgery

Sat, August 25, 2018 - Sun, August 26, 2018

This continuing educational experience will focus on common surgical problems encountered in feline veterinary medicine. Morning lectures will cover pathogenesis of each particular disease, medical or conservative treatment options, and specific surgical techniques commonly employed to treat that disease. Afternoon cadaver laboratories will reinforce the surgical techniques covered in morning lectures. Attendees will work in groups of two on feline cadavers. Major topics covered include gastrointestinal surgery (gastrotomy, enterotomy, resection and anastomosis, subtotal colectomy, feeding tube placement), urinary surgery (cystotomy, perineal urethrostomy), skin reconstructive surgery, amputation, and mastectomy. Three ACVS Diplomates will present morning lectures and will be present for guidance in the laboratory.

Event Agenda

Saturday, August 25

7:30-8:00 Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:10 Welcome and Introductions- Mandy Wallace
8:10-9:00 Indications and Principles of Bladder Surgery- Mandy Wallace
9:00-9:30 Liver Biopsy Techniques- Mandy Wallace
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:30 Enteral Nutrition and Feeding Tubes- Mandy Wallace
10:30-11:00 Megacolon and Subtotal Colectomy- Chad Schmiedt
11:00-12:00 Principles of gastrointestinal surgery: Basic concepts, biopsy, enterotomy,
resection, and anastomosis- Chad Schmiedt
12:00-1:00 Lunch 
1:00-5:00 Lab: Chad Schmiedt, Mandy Wallace, Janet Grimes
  • GI Biopsy
  • Gastrostomy
  • Enterotomy
  • Resection and Anastomosis
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Cystotomy
  • Subtotal Colectomy
  • Feeding Tube placement- NE, Esophagostomy, Gastrostomy


Sunday, August 26

7:45-8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 FLUTD- Emergency medical and surgical management, Perineal urethrostomy- Janet Grimes
9:00-10:00 Injection site sarcoma and skin reconstructive techniques- Janet Grimes
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Thoracic and pelvic limb amputation - Janet Grimes
11:00-12:00 Mammary cancer in cats.  Radical mastectomy- Mandy Wallace
12:00-1:00 Lunch 
1:00-4:30 Lab: Chad Schmiedt, Janet Grimes, Mandy Wallace
  • Perineal Urethrostomy
  • Thoracic and pelvic limb amputation
  • Skin Reconstruction Techniques
  • Mastectomy

Event Fees

Registration Fee $500
This course offers 15 CE hours  

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Speakers

Chad Schmiedt, DVM


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


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: 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
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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