This course will focus on basic abdominal surgical procedures performed in general practice. A strong emphasis will be placed on basic surgical principles related to gastrointestinal surgery and urinary surgery. This course includes 6 hours of lecture and 2 hours of the lab demonstration using canine cadavers. During the cadaver labs basic gastrointestinal surgery, urinary surgery, and splenectomy will be demonstrated by instructors. At the end of this course, participants will be comfortable performing the techniques mentioned above.
Section One: Principals and Common Gastrointestinal Surgeries
- Principles of Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Abdominal Explore
- Which and where to resect
- Total Splenectomy
- Serosal Patch
Section Two: Gastrointestinal Biopsies
- Biopsy Intro
- Lymph Nodes
Section Three: Urogenital Surgery
- Urogential Surgical Anatomy
- Urogential Surgical Principles
- Scrotal Urethrostomy
Section Four: Other Related Procedures for GI Sx
- Intro to feeding tubes
- Esophagostomy tubes and techniques
- Enterostomy tubes
- Gastrostomy tubes
- Tube Care and Feeding
- Finger Trap Techniques
Section Five: Complications and Other Considerations for GI Sx
- Dehiscence and Preventing Dehiscence (group together)
- Preventing Contamination
- Preventing Leakage
- Fluid Therapy
- Post Surgical Considerations
Section Six: Demonstrations
- Demo Abdominal Incision
- Demo Exposure of Organs
- Demo Enterotomy
- Demo Gastrotomy
Dr. Eric Monnet graduated from veterinary school in Maisons Alfort, France in 1985. He worked for four years in a Paris private practice performing small animal medicine and surgery. In 1994, Dr. Monnet completed a small animal surgery residency at Colorado State University and concurrently finished a Master of Sciences degree. In 1997, Dr. Monnet received his PhD in Clinical Sciences studying cardiac efficiency in dogs. In 2003, he became a fellow of the American Heart Association.
Dr Monnet is currently a professor in small animal surgery (soft tissue) at Colorado State University. He has authored more than 100 articles and 25 chapters in various surgical textbooks. Dr. Monnet was the founding president in 2001-2003 of the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery and in 2002-2004 of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society. He is the editor of the textbook: “Disease Mechanisms in Small Animal Surgery” (3rd edition). He is also the editor of the textbook “Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery” (1st edition).
Dr. Smeak is Professor and Chief of Surgery and Dentistry at Colorado State University. His research interests include the development and assessment of innovative methods to train students and residents in core surgical skills, as well as investigating a wide range of soft tissue surgical conditions. He remains active in the soft tissue surgery specialty practice at his institution, and he enjoys delivering interactive continuing education lectures and wet labs to veterinarians worldwide. Daniel Smeak received his DVM degree from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. After completing an internship at Colorado State University, he began a Small Animal Surgery residency at The Ohio State University. In 1983, following his residency, he accepted a surgery faculty position at OSU.
He became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1986. Dr. Smeak was Professor of Surgery at and Head of the Surgery Section The Ohio State University until 2007. He returned to Colorado State University in August 2007, and became Hospital Director at their Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He is currently Chief of Surgery and Dentistry at CSU.