Small Animal

Abdominal Complications

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

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Gain insights into unexpected abdominal complications during surgery. Questions to be addressed are: what to do if a dog with a portosystemic shunt has no portal vein on CT or in surgery, how do we manage the leaking ureterotomy or the obstructed SUB, and how to reduce mortality rates for cholecystectomy?


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Philipp D. Mayhew, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVS-SA

University of California, Davis

Dr. Mayhew graduated from veterinary school in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1996. After three years in general practice he completed an internship, post-doctoral research fellowship and residency in small animal surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. He became a boarded member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. After two years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School he is currently Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of California-Davis. His research interests include all aspects of minimally invasive surgery especially the development of new laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgical techniques to reduce complication rates and post-operative pain in small animal surgery.


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Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery
University of Illinois

Dr. Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA has performed soft tissue surgery for 15 years and ureteral surgery, vascular surgery, and feline and canine kidney transplantation as assistant director of the Renal Transplant Program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. As associate professor of small animal surgery at the University of Illinois, Dr. Phillips' expertise includes microvascular surgery, reconstructive surgery, urogenital surgery, especially feline and canine ureteral surgery and transplant surgery, and upper airway surgery. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Phillips has recently begun performing endoscopic-assisted treatments for upper airway obstructions in dogs, such as those procedures that have been described for intranasal obstructions in brachycephalic dogs.
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Phillips is also an award-winning teacher and has directed the Small Animal Surgery Residency Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and the University of Illinois, Urbana. Dr. Phillips has trained with experts in microsurgical instruction from the Cleveland Clinic and Columbia University using the rodent model and recently validated a latex model of ureteral obstruction for use in microsurgical training. She has also assisted with instruction of respiratory endoscopy training laboratories, and directs the Microsurgical Research and Training Laboratory at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Phillips has published numerous articles in refereed journals and chapters in textbooks on topics of interest to her, including vascular and microvascular surgery and transplantation, urinary tract surgery and trauma, pancreatic surgery, magnification surgery, surgical teaching models and models of disease, surgery for brachycephalic syndrome, and drug eluting implants. As associate professor of small animal surgery and soft tissue surgery service chief at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Illinois, she lives in Champaign with her husband and 2 cats, Minnie and Maxine.


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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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