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New Symposium Explains Benefits of Minimally Invasive Procedures

October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010

The faculty of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital invite veterinary practitioners to the school's first Minimally Invasive Procedures Symposium. The continuing education event takes place January 29, 2011 at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California.

The cost is $125 prior to December 15. After December 15, tuition is $140. Symposium tuition includes presentations, up to 9 hours of continuing education credit, program syllabus on CD (A hard copy can be purchased for $10.00), continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. Parking is free.

The Minimally Invasive Procedure Symposium introduces veterinarians to the newest minimally invasive diagnostics and therapeutics available for their patients. Presented by UC Davis veterinary faculty, the symposium features in-depth discussions of laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, interventional radiology and more. Presenters will provide overviews of disease processes and specific case examples.

Expanding treatment options

Bronchoscopy, urethroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and interventional radiology (IR) are rapidly developing minimally invasive fields  that offer the opportunity for improved  diagnostic and treatment options in veterinary patients. The advantages of these techniques have been well-documented and include lower morbidity and quicker return to normal activity. Several techniques allow clinicians to treat problems that previously lacked options.

This full-day event includes in-depth discussions of  endoscopic procedures such as bronchoscopy, urethroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy;  the use of these techniques in preventative medicine (ovariectomy, ovariohysterectomy, prophylactic gastropexy); and the treatment of disease (cholecystectomy, lung lobectomy).

Lectures on respiratory and urinary tract techniques cover tracheal collapse, nasopharyngeal stenosis and respiratory tract neoplasia as well as laser lithotripsy of urinary calculi, laser ablation of ectopic ureters, and urethral stenting.

Presenters will describe the newly developing field of interventional radiology, IR, which utilizes varying imaging modalities to treat common non-neoplastic and neoplastic diseases. This option is particularly helpful when  traditional therapies are not available or pose a high risk of complication. With IR, clinicians can treat intrahepatic portosystemic shunts, ureteral obstructions and esophageal/urethral strictures.

Faculty will also describe treatments directed toward oncologic disease such as chemoembolization, intra-arterial chemotherapy and the use of stenting for malignant obstructions.

More information on registration, topics, speakers and directions can be found in the registration brochure. Click here to download PDF

Seminar questions: Ms. Saundra Wais, 530-752-3905

Registration: Ms. Roxy Rose, 530-754-9223

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