Small Animal

Innovations in Soft Tissue Surgery

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sponsored By ACVS Premier Sponsor: 

This seminar will present current and future trends in select soft tissue surgery procedures. Specifically, renal transplantation and operative imaging of tumors. The seminar will educate attendees on current methods and management of feline renal transplantation as well as advancements in techniques and long-term care. Also presented are novel modalities of intra-operative imaging of solid tumors to aid in surgical excision and obtaining proper surgical margins.


Robert Hardie, DVM, DECVS, DACVS

Clinical Professor Small Animal General Surgery
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Clinical professor of small animal general surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Clinical interests include feline renal transplantation, canine laryngeal paralysis, and surgical education of veterinary students and surgical residents.


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David E. Holt, BVSc, DACVS

Professor of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

David Holt is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is part of a team that have been using near-infrared (NIR) fluorophores and imaging systems to identify cancer, cancer margins, and metastatic lymph nodes intraoperatively for over six years. The work performed in clinical canine and feline cancer patients has led to five clinical trials in human cancer patients.


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Mandi J. Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS

Louisiana State University

Mandi J. Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD, is a Professor of Veterinary Surgery at Louisiana State University. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Lopez’ higher education began in the California State University (BS) and University of California (DVM) systems. Surgical residency training, graduate degrees and post-doctoral experience were received at the University of Wisconsin (MS, PhD, post-doctoral fellowship). Dr. Lopez joined Louisiana State University in January 2004 to design, implement and direct a multi-faceted orthopedic research program, the Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research. Dr. Lopez has mentored over 100 students and has authored over 100 abstracts, 80 manuscripts, 10 book chapters, and a book. She is an associate editor for Veterinary Surgery and and is on many public and private review boards. Lopez is a member of many organizations including the National Academy of Invetors, American Veterinary Medical Association, Sigma Xi, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. She is highly successful in supporting her laboratory with funding from national, industry and foundation sources, and she has maintained continuous extramural funding for over two decades. Dr. Lopez received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence and is a Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development fellow. She holds 5 U.S. patents and 2 international patents that have been licensed. Dr. Lopez works with hundreds of colleagues across the nation and the globe. Her commitment to her professional and local community is evident from participation in and leadership of numerous Departmental, School, University and National committees. Dr. Lopez maintains that her greatest accomplishment is the future innovators and care givers that she has had the great honor to mentor. She strives to maintain an environment that appreciates the worth and dignity of each member and values their limitless intellectual potential.


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Megan Mickelson, DVM

Assistant Professor Small Animal Surgery
Iowa State University

Dr. Mickelson recieved her DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, followed by a small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University, completed in 2014. She then completed a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She recently completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Colorado State University in the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Dr. Mickelson is beginning an assistant professor position in Soft Tissue Surgery at Iowa State University. Current clinical interests include surgical oncology, microvascular surgery, and interventional techniques.


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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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