Surgery of Companion Exotic Mammals

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Become familiar with the anatomy of the adrenal glands in ferrets. Understand how to perform caval occlusion for removal of right adrenal tumors in ferrets. Learn the basic principles for intubating rabbits and become familiar with treatment options for thymomas especially surgical excision via thoracotomy.


R. Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVS

Professor of Companion Animal Surgery
Louisiana State University

Dr. Bennett graduated from Michigan State University in 1983 with high honors. From there he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University. In 1987 he completed his small animal surgery residency at Colorado State University along with a Master’s degree in clinical sciences. In February of 1988 he became a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 1988 he cofounded Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California and was owner and surgeon until the spring of 1992 when he accepted a position as Chief Veterinarian for the San Francisco Zoo. In 1995 he became an Assistant Professor of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the University of Florida where he gained tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in 2000. In the fall of 2000 he returned to private practice as staff surgeon for Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, CA. He returned to academia in December, 2001 as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. While serving as a soft tissue surgeon he also functioned as Residency Program Director for surgery and Interim Chief of Surgery. In August, 2004 he returned to Bay Area Veterinary Specialists as a staff surgeon. In July, 2007 he returned to academia as Professor of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery at the University of Illinois. Dr. Bennett was the Chief of Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York 20011-2012 and was the Chief of Surgery at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from fall of 2012 until 2015 when he retired. After working as locum tenens at the University of Illinois and Louisiana State University, 1/1/2017 he accepted a position of Professor of Companion Animal Surgery at Louisiana State University where he is currently serving.


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