Small Animal

Technicians' Program - Saturday

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Audience: Technicians

Topics include updates on the current evidence of surgical fasting, spay/neuter practices, the latest information of portosystemic surgery, and complications that can occur in parathyroid surgery patients and during veterinary wound care. Enhance your knowledge of current sterilization practices, suture materials used, and their perioperative role.


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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Chad W. Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS-SA

University of Georgia

Dr. Chad Schmiedt received his DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by internships at the University of Tennessee and the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Dr. Schmiedt completed a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and remained there as a clinical instructor for several years. In 2007, Dr. Schmiedt returned to UGA to join the Faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine as a soft tissue surgeon. Dr. Schmiedt is currently a Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and section head of Small Animal Surgery and Anesthesia. Clinically, Dr. Schmiedt enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery including oncologic, minimally invasive, and urogenital surgery. Dr. Schmiedt also runs the renal transplantation program at the University of Georgia. Dr. Schmiedt’s current research interests include responses of the kidney to injury, the relationship between acute and chronic renal disease, application of stem cells in kidney disease, and methods to improve surgical education.


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Bryden J. Stanley, BVMS, MVetSc, DACVS

Associate Professor and Section Head, Surgery
Michigan State University

Dr. Bryden J. Stanley is an Associate Professor and Section Chief of Surgery in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated as a veterinarian from Murdoch University, in Australia in 1982. She was in practice for 2 years, then returned to Murdoch to become a surgical intern in 1985. She followed her internship with a position as Surgical Registrar at the University of Sydney. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Stanley completed an ACVS Surgery Residency training and Master’s Degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Following residency, Dr. Stanley was on faculty at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and has also worked as a Scientific Communications Manager for Mars Petcare. Dr. Stanley came to Michigan State University in 1998, where she has played an active role in teaching, research and clinical surgery. Stanley’s clinical interests are in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly upper respiratory, wound management and cutaneous reconstructive techniques. Dr. Stanley runs two research labs – in upper respiratory diseases and wound healing for which she runs numerous clinical trials. Her current upper respiratory studies are laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy in Labradors and Newfoundlands, Norwich terrier upper airway syndrome and the brachycephalic upper airway. Her current wound healing studies are in incisional negative pressure wound therapy and amniotic membranes. She publishes frequently, has received many teaching awards and lectures widely at a national and international level.


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Kelley Thieman Mankin, MS, DVM, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University

Kelley Thieman Mankin DVM, MS, DACVS-SA works at Texas A&M University. She attended the University of Missouri for veterinary school, University of Tennessee for a rotating internship and University of Florida for residency. She has research interests in surgical site infections, transfusion medicine, and soft tissue surgery.


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Karen M. Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karen Tobias is a professor and ACVS board-certified surgeon at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from University of Illinois and completed an internship at Purdue University and surgery residency and Master’s Degree at Ohio State University. Dr. Tobias has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters. She is the author of the Manual of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery (Wiley/Blackwell, 2010; 2017); co-editor of Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal (Elsevier/Saunders, 2012; 2017); and co-author of Atlas of Ear Diseases of the Dog and Cat (Wiley/Blackwell, 2013).


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