Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery

Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery



August 25-26, 2017  |  Oquendo Center  |  Las Vegas, NV

This two-day course combines a short descriptive lecture format with cadaver laboratories in which a wide variety of different neurosurgical techniques and approaches will be covered. The aim is to provide participants with the opportunity to practice advanced neurosurgical skills while under the guidance of expert neurosurgeons. Lectures and labs will cover approaches to the brain, dorsal approaches to the spine, and lateral approaches to the cervical spine. Spinal distraction and fusion techniques, and placement of ventriculoperitoneal shunts will be reviewed.

This two day, 17 hour CE course is open for ACVIM Diplomates or Candidates in Neurology.

Your registration fee includes:                               
  • 17 RACE-approved CE credit hours (pending approval)               
  • Certificate of Attendance                
  • Lecture Proceedings                
  • Daily refreshment breaks and snacks

If you have any questions regarding hotel accommodations, please contact

Hotel Information


Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport
6575 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Request a room within the "ACVIM" room block by calling Steve Heimer at (702) 614-2706.
Increased group rate of $149.00

***Transportation to the Oquendo Center will be provided from the Hampton Inn***

***Please be aware transportation to Oquendo Center is not included***


Best Western McCarren Inn
4970 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Residence Inn Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley
2190 Olympic Avenue
Henderson, NV 89014

Sunset Station Hotel and Casino
1301 West Sunset Rd
Henderson, NV 89014

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Robert Bergman DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Bergman received his DVM from the University of Georgia. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. Following internship, he pursued a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine while concurrently completing a Master’s Degree at Virginia Tech. He is a diplomate of ACVIM specialty of neurology. Following residency, he was a clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Texas A&M for 2 years. At present he is a staff neurologist and serves as medical director at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, in Charlotte, NC. He has a particular interest in neurosurgery including spinal fusion, spinal trauma and neuro-oncology. He also currently serves as faculty on the AO Vet Spine course, as well as being a member Veterinary Neurosurgery Education Committee. He recently served 5 years and was chair of the ACVIM Neurology Certification Exam Committee.

Dr. Sharon Kerwin DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Sharon Kerwin received her DVM from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a small animal surgery residency and Master of Science degree at Louisiana State University, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her special interests include orthopedic and neurosurgery. 

Dr. Rainier Ko DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Born in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Rainier Ko completed his biology undergraduate degree at McGill University. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000 from the University of Montreal. Following his internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ko returned to his veterinary college in Montreal as a laboratory instructor in small animal anatomy and applied surgical anatomy.

In 2005, Dr. Ko completed a residency in small animal surgery and a Master of Science degree at Purdue University. He spent three years as a staff surgeon at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital (and starred on Animal Planet’s popular television series “E-Vet Interns”). Following this, he returned to Purdue University in 2008 as an assistant professor in small animal orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Dr. Ko received board-certification in small animal veterinary surgery in 2007. In 2010, he entered into a joint neurology residency with Colorado State University and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. He became board-certified in neurology in July of 2014.

Dr. Ko currently practices at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty in Colorado Springs. He is a faculty instructor of the spine division of AO-VET North America, and is chair-elect of the ACVIM neurology examination committee.

Dr. Sean Sanders DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Sean Sanders is a consulting Veterinary Neurologist and Neurosurgeon in Seattle, Washington. He received his DVM degree from Washington State University and completed a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery along with a PhD in Neuroscience. Dr. Sanders was a founding partner of Seattle Veterinary Specialists and author of “Seizures in Dogs and Cats” published by Wiley Blackwell. Dr. Sanders is president of Seizure Sentry, LLC and A faculty member of AOVet, Dr. Sanders lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery.