Small Animal

Comprehensive Approach to the Obstructed Small Animal Ureter

Wednesday, October 11
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Griffin Hall

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Fees: $1,350 early / $1,400 late
Available to ACVS and ECVS Diplomates only

Participants will receive expert instruction in the decision-making, surgical, endoscopic, and fluoroscopic skills required to provide comprehensive treatment for the varied obstructive conditions of the canine and feline ureter. Instruction will focus on the surgical approach to ureteral obstruction using magnification, techniques for endourologic and fluoroscopic placement of ureteral stents, and techniques for performing subcutaneous ureteral bypass.

Instructors will review the indications for each technique and required knowledge and skill set for proper application and performance. Participants will then rotate through three stations, spending 2–3 hours per station practicing the techniques on cadaver specimens, models, and lifelike bio-tissues evaluated as teaching models.

• The surgical station will offer instruction on use of the operating microscope, loupes, and the Storz Vitom unit, micro-instruments, and micro-suture required for ureterotomy or ureteral reimplantation.
• The stenting station will offer instruction in cystoscopic and fluoroscopic equipment and accurate placement of ureteral stents.
• The ureteral bypass station will offer instruction on the accurate placement of subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) units using models and feline cadaveric specimens.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction and will have an opportunity for one-on-one instruction and skills assessment. To conclude each morning and afternoon session of the laboratory, there will be opportunity for interactive discussions on difficult cases of small animal ureteral obstruction to consider which techniques or combination of techniques might be most indicated.



ACVS does not endorse or promote the use of any product/service of commercial entities. Equipment used in these laboratories is for demonstration and teaching purposes only with the intent of enhancing the learning experience.

Laboratory fees increase June 29. Last day to register for a laboratory is August 10. ACVS reserves the right to cancel any laboratory that does not meet minimum registrations by August 10. If the laboratory is cancelled by this date, registrants will be notified via email no later than August 17 and all paid registration fees will be refunded. Registrants for laboratories are advised not to make airline and hotel reservations until after August 17 to make sure selected laboratory is not canceled. ACVS will not reimburse for travel in the case of a cancellation due to low registrations.

Cancellation/Change Policy
An administrative fee of $75 will be charged for each item changed within your registration. To cancel your full meeting registration, a $75 fee will be assessed. Requested cancellations after the deadlines (laboratories after August 10; meeting registration after September 7) will only be given in cases of extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family, medical emergency) and must be supported by written documentation. Allow 30 days for processing refund requests. All refunds and changes must be requested in writing by mail, fax, or email:

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Lillian R. Aronson, VMD, DACVS

University of Pennsylvania

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Allyson C. Berent, DVM, DACVIM

Animal Medical Center

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Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

University of Illinois

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Chick Weisse, VMD, DACVS

The Animal Medical Center

Chick Weisse, VMD, DACVS completed his small animal surgical residency training at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and then pursued advanced training through a customized fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the (human) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. He held dual appointments in surgery and radiology as an Assistant Professor at both the veterinary and human hospitals, respectively (Univ. of Pennsylvania) before coming to the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2009 as staff surgeon and Director of Interventional Radiology Services. Educational interests include expanding minimally-invasive veterinary interventional radiology (IR) techniques through describing new procedures and training veterinarians. Research interests include IR techniques for non-resectable and metastatic cancers, palliative stenting for malignant obstructions, vascular anomalies such as portosystemic shunts and AVMs, and stenting for tracheal collapse.

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Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

University of Illinois

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