Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery

August 20, 2021 8:00 AM
Viticus Center, Las Vegas, NV


Your registration fee includes: 

  • Lecture Proceedings
  • Daily refreshment breaks and snacks, and lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Transportation between the host conference hotel and the Viticus Center 

NEW this year – registration will require your ACVIM username and password. If you don’t have this readily available, please reach out to ACVIM at prior to registration launch. Space is limited to 24 attendees and typically sells out fast, so be prepared and ready when we launch and not be delayed in trying to retrieve your login credentials! 

COURSE IS SOLD OUT - Please add yourself to the waitlist during the registration process!

Health and Safety

The ACVIM considers the health and safety of all those onsite at Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery course our highest priority, including our attendees, sponsors and ACVIM staff. With your shared commitment and with the right processes in place, we are confident we can achieve a safe and viable return to in-person learning experiences.

The ACVIM pledges to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as state and local health organizations regarding this pandemic. The ACVIM is also working with the Viticus Group to ensure the safety of all attendees. Read through their March 2021 COVID-19 guidelines to learn how Viticus Group is providing the safest environment possible to participants entering the Viticus Center. As the event nears, more detailed information about safety protocols and any updates from the facility will be communicated with participants.

Although we are optimistic that we will be able to host this course in person, all courses are subject to change and/or cancellation. The ACVIM will keep all registered attendees informed should any such change and/or cancellation need to occur.

Additional Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Guidance for Events
World Health Organization
Food and Drug Administration


The Viticus Center - Oquendo Campus
2425 E. Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120
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Rebranded from the Oquendo Center, The Viticus Center provides meeting and lab space devoted to practical, clinical, and hands-on learning for the veterinary community. The Viticus Center is conveniently located about one mile from the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and about 5 miles from the host conference hotel. 

For more information about the Viticus Group and the Viticus Center, please click here. 


Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South
7740 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 710-7740
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The Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South is located 4 miles from the McCarran Airport and less than 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel is within walking distance of the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall, and just down the road from Town Square. Rooms include an in-suite kitchen, and breakfast is included in the room rate.

ACVIM group rate:
$119.00 + tax per night for King Studio Suite with pull-out couch. Breakfast included.
$129.00 + tax per night for a 2-Queen bed Suite with pull-out couch. Breakfast included.
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ACVIM group rate will be available until July 27, 2021 or until sold out, whichever comes first. Please check your hotel reservation confirmation for reservation change and cancellation policy.

If you wish to arrive early or extend your time in Las Vegas, please contact Ana Liza Hernandez at the Home2Suites Las Vegas Strip South for our group rate availability at

Complimentary transportation will be provided between the Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South and The Viticus.  Shuttle schedule will be announced prior to the beginning of the course.

**Please note – if you are not staying at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South, then breakfast and transportation will be on your own.

Course Information

  • Date: August 20-21, 2021
  • Start Time: Friday at 8:00 am PDT
  • End Time: Saturday at 5:00 pm PDT
  • Location: Viticus Center, Las Vegas, NV
  • Audience: ACVIM, ECVIM-CA, ECVN Diplomates and candidates
  • Specialty: Neurology
  • Type: Lecture and Hands-on lab
  • CE Hours: 17


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RACE Application Status:

This program will be submitted for 17 hours of Live, seminar/lecture and lab medical continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE-approval.

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Beth Boudreau, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)


Beth Boudreau, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University

Dr. Beth Boudreau obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine and a DVM degree from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed residency training in Neurology/Neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis, and became an ACVIM Diplomate in Neurology in 2014.  Dr. Boudreau is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She 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, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)


Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (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.

Bianca Hettlich, DMV, DACVS, DECVS, MRCVS

Bianca Hettlich, DMV, DACVS, DECVS, MRCVS
Vetsuisse Faculty
The University of Bern, Switzerland

Dr. Bianca Hettlich received her veterinary degree in 1999 in Munich, Germany. After graduation, she pursued surgical training at Texas A&M University and became board certified with the ACVS in 2006. She remained at Texas A&M as clinical assistant professor in neurosurgery until 2008, after which she joined the orthopedic faculty at the Ohio State University and became tenured in 2014. While primarily performing orthopedic procedures, spinal biomechanics and stabilization procedures continued to be her clinical and research interest. In 2015, Dr. Hettlich joined the Small Animal Surgery Department at the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern, Switzerland, where she received tenure in 2018. 

Nick Jeffery, DECVN, FRCVS, BVSc, DECVS, PhD, MSc

Nick Jeffery, DECVN, FRCVS, BVSc, DECVS, PhD, MSc
Texas A&M University

Dr. Nick Jeffery qualified from University of Bristol in the UK 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 and PhD in neuroscience and recently has 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 moved to join the neurology group at Texas A&M University where he works in both clinic and laboratory.

William Thomas, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

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

Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE)
Owner and Operator, 3D Veterinary Printing, LLC

Dr. Fred Wininger earned his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia, he finished his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University. There he developed a love for neuroimaging and the development of a novel neuronavigation device. Joining the faculty at the University of Missouri, he applied these interests in the development of therapies for both animals and children with Battens disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis). Dr. Wininger moved to St. Louis where he practiced for several years and developed the first hybrid private practice/academic neurology residency program which continues today. He is the owner and operator of 3D veterinary printing LLC, where he creates models and customized surgical tools to aid veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons around the world.  

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