2018 - Neurology: Advanced Techniques in Intracranial Surgery

Neurology: Advanced Techniques in Intracranial Surgery


Audience Audience: ACVIM & ECVIM Diplomates and Candidates Date Date: August 24-25, 2018
Category Category: Neurology Start Time Start Time: Friday 8:00 AM
Type: Lecture/Hands-on Lab End Time End Time: Saturday 5:00 PM
CE Hours CE Hours: Coming Soon Venue Venue: Oquendo Center
Capacity Capacity 26 Location Location: Las Vegas, NV

Leading advanced education in the study of intracranial surgery, this two day course is targeted to an experienced audience familiar with the clinical aspects of intracranial pathology. The focus will be on various approaches to the brain, brain tissue handling, hemostasis, intraoperative imaging (ultrasound), ultrasonic aspiration, methods of skull reconstruction and various diseases treated surgically. Lectures will combine case-based material discussing specific diseases encountered that may require surgery, as well as intra-operative photos and videos. A wet lab provides hands on experience with the procedures described. Note: This course is not a substitute for the Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery course that is necessary to obtain a Neurology certificate.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Obtain working knowledge of the major approaches to the brain; including anatomic obstacles that may be encountered.
  • Gain knowledge of equipment and instrumentation available for intracranial surgery including ultrasonic aspirators, intra-operative ultrasound, as well as instruments such as dissection probes.
  • Discover techniques used for tissue handling during intracranial surgery and hemostatis.
  • Learn protocols useful for anesthesia of the patients undergoing intracranial surgery, as well as post-operative management of pain and possible complications that may be encountered.
  • Interact with course lecturers, who have extensive experience in clinical intracranial surgery.


Your registration fee includes:

  • RACE-approved CE credit hours (pending approval)
  • Lecture Proceedings
  • Daily refreshment breaks and snacks
  • Lunch Friday and Satruday
  • Transportation between the Hampton Inn and Oquendo Center

Dr. Robert Bergman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Medical Director, Carolina Veterinary Specialists
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Robert Bergman received his DVM from the University of Georgia. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia and then 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.

Following residency, Dr. Bergman was a clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Texas A&M for 2 years. He 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 the chair of the ACVIM Neurology Certification Exam Committee.

Dr. G. Elizabeth Pluhar, DVM, MS, DACVS
Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Dr. G. Elizabeth Pluhar earned her MS from Northern Illinois University, her DVM from Oregon State University, a second MS degree from Washington State University, and a PhD in comparative orthopaedics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also completed advanced clinical training, an internship at the Animal Medical Center in N.Y. and surgery residency at Washington State University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Pluhar has received several honors and awards including the William Harris Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society and the Mark of Excellence Award from the University of Minnesota. She is involved with several professional organizations, including the Society for Neuro-Oncology, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and serves on an Advisory Committee for the FDA.

Dr. Sean Sanders, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
Consulting Veterinary Neurologist and Neurosurgeon
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Sean Sanders received his DVM 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 petepilepsy.com. Dr. Sanders lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Dr. Beverly K. Sturges, DVM, BS, MS, MAS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Professor of Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery
University of California, Davis

Dr. Beverly Sturges received her DVM degree from Oregon State University in 1986 and practiced general mixed animal medicine and surgery in the US and abroad until 1995. In 1998, she completed a Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at UC Davis and became ACVIM board certified.

In 2008, Dr. Sturges completed the NIH program for training in Clinical and Translational Research and earned a Master’s degree in clinical research. Her primary research interests include novel treatments for brain tumors, spinal biomechanics and novel treatment of spina bifida.


Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport
6575 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 647-8000

ACVIM group rate: $89.00 + tax per night. Rate includes hot breakfast.

How to Make Your Reservation:

•  Phone: (702) 647-8000. Ask for ACVIM group rate.
•  Online: Click here (corporate account code 0003183905)
•  Email: 

ACVIM group rate available until July 23, 2018 or until sold out, whichever comes first.
Transportation to and from the Oquendo Center will be provided.

**Please note – if you are not staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport hotel, then breakfast will be on your own**


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