Small Animal

Challenging Abdominal Surgery

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn about challenging liver tumors, gall bladder mucoceles, and damage control techniques in human surgery focusing on different methods and novel techniques for these common surgical issues to allow the best outcome for patients.


Kazushi Asano, DVM, PhD, DJCVS

Professor of Veterinary Surgery, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Nihon University


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Judith Bertran, DVM, DACVS-SA, Surgery Oncology Fellow

Surgery Oncology Faculty
The Ohio State University

I studied veterinary school in the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, in Barcelona (Spain). After graduating, I completed a small animal surgery and internal medicine internship at Washington State University. There after I went to Fitzpatrick Referrals for an internship in small animal surgery, which opened my doors to a research fellowship in small animal surgery at Ohio State University. After completion of the fellowhshipe I enrolled in a small animal surgery residency at Ohio State University. As a resident, I completed a Master's project about biomechanics of the Total Knee Replacement using robotic technology. Due to my strong interest in oncology, I decided to specialize in surgical oncology and completed an ACVS fellowship in surgical oncology. I am currently involved in several research projects and clinical trials based in oncological-based novel techniques and treatment strategies. My main interests are limb sparing and osteosarcoma, immunetherapies, minimally invasive surgery and skin reconstruction.


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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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Amy Rushing, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery
The Ohio State University

Amy Rushing, MD, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Burn at The Ohio State University. Dr. Rushing completed her surgical residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She went on to pursue a surgical critical care fellowship at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland followed by an acute care surgery fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her primary clinical activities focus on complex emergency general surgery and surgical rescue. In addition, she has written several book chapters in the field of trauma and critical care as well as contributed to the development of multiple practice management guidelines for the surgical management of Clostridium difficile colitis and appendicitis. Dr. Rushing serves as an instructor for the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) Advanced Trauma Operative Management course and she has given several guest lectures for the ACS Clinical Congress and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). At present, her academic time is spent participating in outcomes research focused on surgical emergencies within vulnerable patient populations.


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Katy L. Townsend, BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery
Oregon State University

Katy Townsend BVSc(hons) MS DACVS-SA, Assistant Professor - Small Animal Surgery, Oregon State University
I grew up in Australia and completed my veterinary degree at The Univeristy of Sydney in 2004. Afterwards, I moved to the UK to work in a small animal clinic before completing a rotating small animal internship at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. I moved to the USA to work in a surgical research laboratory at The Ohio State Univeristy, followed by a fellowship in Comparative Surgery in State University of New York in Syracuse. This led me back to The Ohio State Univeristy where I completed my small animal surgery residency and Masters in Comparative Veterinary Medicine. I stayed at Ohio State for two more years as clinical faculty before starting a tenure track position in soft tissue surgery at Oregon State Univeristy in 2014. I enjoy all aspects of soft tissue surgery with an emphasis on surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery. I have two gorgeous kids and a cat who is definitely "special", and we all love living in Oregon - it is truly gorgeous!


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