Small Animal

Surgical Instrument Care & Maintenance for Technicians

Thursday, October 25
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fees: $150 early / $200 late

Processing surgical instruments often falls under one of the many job responsibilities of a typical veterinary technician. All aspects of surgical instrument care will be discussed during this lecture and hands-on laboratory, modeled after medical industry standards for humans surrounding the cleaning and processing of surgical instruments for steam or ethylene oxide sterilization. Course content covers best practices for decontamination, cleaning, maintaining and packaging surgical instruments, ways to determine stains from residual contamination on cannulated or hinged surgical instruments, as well as sharpness and damage assessments, sterility assurance and quality control measures. Lab participants may bring 1 (one) sterilized surgical instrument for evaluation and inspection during the laboratory.



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 July 7. Last day to register for a laboratory is August 15. 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. There will be no laboratory refunds after August 15. After August 15, refunds for laboratory registrations will only be refunded in cases of extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family, medical, or emergency) and must be supported by written documentation. Allow 30 days for processing refund requests. All refunds and changes must be requested in writing:

ACVS | 19785 Crystal Rock Dr, Suite 305 | Germantown, MD 20874 | surgerysummit@acvs.org | Fax: 301-916-2287

Submission of registration indicates agreement to comply with the Surgery Summit Cancellation/Change Policy.


Heidi L. Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS, FFCP

Surgery Technician
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

Ms. Heidi Reuss-Lamky graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1984. She has extensive experience in general practice, and since 1993 has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals. Since 2006, she has been affiliated with Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

She earned her VTS in anesthesia through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003, and served on the credentials committee from 2005 to 2009. She served in the president’s role on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians from 2007 to 2009. She was a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians and is currently serving in the president’s role. She has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine and earned her Fear Free Certification in November 2017. She also sits on the editorial review board for Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal.


She has lectured at national and international veterinary meetings and written numerous papers on anesthesia and surgical-related topics while incorporating Fear Free handling techniques whenever possible. She authored chapter 11 in Susan Bryant’s Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians, published in 2010, and most recently published an article entitled ‘Keys to Successful High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization Processes, in the January/February 2017 issue of Today’s Veterinary Technician. She was also honored to receive the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award.

She currently shares her home with her husband, Bryan, and 4 dogs, 2 cats, an African grey parrot and pond koi. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, travel, lecturing, and quenching her never-ending thirst for knowledge.

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