This course will focus on basic abdominal surgical procedures performed in general practice. A strong emphasis will be placed on basic surgical principles related to gastrointestinal surgery and urinary surgery. This course includes 8 hours of lecture
and 8 hours of lab using canine cadavers. During the cadaver labs basic gastrointestinal surgery (gastrotomy, gastrectomy, gastropexy, enterotomy, enterectomy), cystotomy, partial cystectomy, urethrostomy and splenectomy will be demonstrated by instructors
and then performed by participants. At the end of this course participants will be comfortable performing the techniques mentioned above.
Attendees will have the opportunity to use advanced innovative internal stapling and electrosurgery vessel sealing devices that improve patient outcomes from Medtronic.