Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery

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Audience Audience: ACVIM, ECEIM, ECVIM, ECVN Diplomates and Candidates Date Date: August 23-24, 2019
Category Category: Neurology Start Time Start Time: Friday, 8:00 am
Type: Lecture and Wet Lab End Time End Time: Saturday, 5:00 pm
CE Hours CE Hours: 18.5 Venue Venue: Oquendo Center
Capacity Capacity 24 Location Location: Las Vegas, NV

This two-day course provides attendees the opportunity to practice advanced neurosurgical techniques under the guidance of expert neurosurgeons while sharing experiences with other participants.

The program consists of short presentations followed by hands-on labs in which participants learn and practice a wide variety of neurosurgical approaches and techniques. Specific procedures include rostral and caudal fossa craniotomies, ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, spinal fixation, partial corpectomy, and lumbosacral foraminotomy.  

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Obtain a working knowledge of the various approaches to the brain and spine, including an understanding of regional anatomy and specific tips and techniques.
  • Become familiar with the indications and potential complications of specific neurosurgical procedures.
  • Gain experience using neurosurgical instruments including drills, plates, pins, screws and ventriculoperitoneal shunts.


Please click here for the course agenda

Your registration fee includes:

  • Lecture Proceedings
  • Daily refreshment breaks and snacks
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday
  • Transportation between the Courtyard Marriott Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley and the Oquendo Center


RACE Application Status

This program has been approved for 18.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

William Thomas, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) (Course Leader)
Professor of Neurology, University of Tennessee
Dr. William Thomas received his DVM and MS from Auburn University and completed a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Auburn University.

Dr. Thomas was previously an instructor at North Carolina State University and for the past 25 years he has been at the University of Tennessee. He has authored 2 textbooks, and over 50 scientific publications and book chapters.

Beth Boudreau, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology) (Assistant Course Leader)
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Beth Boudreau received her DVM  from Texas A&M University and completed her residency training in Neurology/Neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine. 

Dr. Boudreau has special interests in neuro-oncology and neuro-immunology; her current research includes molecular characterization of canine gliomas and clinical trials of novel immunomodulators for the treatment of canine brain tumors.

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, DACVS, DACVIM, (Neurology)
Attending Clinician, Orthopedics and Neurology,
Texas A&M University

Dr. Sharon Kerwin received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She completed a rotating small animal internship at Louisiana State University, and a small animal surgery residency at LSU. She worked as an orthopedic surgeon at LSU until 2002, and then returned to Texas A&M University where she works as an attending clinician in orthopedics and neurology. She completed a neurology residency in 2016 at Texas A&M.
Dr. Kerwin’s clinical and research interests in small animal bone and joint disease and spinal surgery, with a special interest in feline orthopedics and neurology.

Nick Jeffery, BVSc, PhD, MS, ECVS, ECVN
Professor, Texas A&M University

Dr. Nick Jeffery qualified from University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and has worked in primary care practice, private surgical / neurosurgical referral practice, basic science laboratories and university veterinary schools in the UK and USA. He specializes in neurology and neurosurgery with diplomas from ECVS and ECVN, a PhD in neuroscience, and has recently undergone specialist training in clinical trial design and analysis.

In October 2016, following completion of two clinical trials for chronic spinal cord injury, Dr. Jeffery joined the neurology group at Texas A&M University. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice.



The Oquendo Center

2425 E. Oquendo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
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The course will be conducted at The Oquendo Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility which hosts a wide range of veterinary events, including hands-on labs, lectures, workshops, symposiums and demonstrations. The Oquendo Center is conveniently located about one mile from the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and 3 miles from the Courtyard hotel.

For more information about The Oquendo Center, please click here.


Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Henderson / Green Valley

2800 North Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 434-4700
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ACVIM group rate: $99.00 + tax per night. Rate includes hot breakfast voucher for use in the Bistro dining area.

How to Make Your Reservation:

Phone:  (702)-434-4700

Online: For ACVIM group rate CLICK HERE

ACVIM group rate will be available until July 29, 2019 or until sold out, whichever comes first. Please check your hotel reservation confirmation for reservation change and cancellation policy.

Complimentary transportation will be provided between the Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Henderson / Green Valley and The Oquendo Center. Schedule will be announced 1-2 weeks prior to the course start date.

**Please note – if you are not staying at the Courtyard by Marriott LastVegas Henderson / Green Valley hotel, then breakfast will be on your own**


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