Core Surgical Procedures for the GP and Emergency Vet

December 5 - 7, 2021




  • Date: December 5 - 7, 2021
  • Venue: Viticus Center, Oquendo Campus | Las Vegas, NV
  • Category: Surgery
  • Enrollment Capacity: 24
  • CE Hours: 24
  • Cost: $2,600


This course is designed for emergency veterinarians and general practitioners who wish to take their surgical and urgent care skills further. Interactive lectures including clinical case discussions introduce laboratory procedures and provide a context for perioperative management, especially for those emergent cases. Participants enjoy ample opportunity to practice procedures on both canine and feline cadavers with one-on-one guidance from ACVS and ACVECC-certified instructors. Topics to be explored include thoracic trauma, GDV with necrosis, obstructive biliary disease, liver trauma, and urinary obstruction. Participants are encouraged to submit clinical cases for discussion.

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Hands-on training led by expert instructors equals enhanced proficiency and improved dentistry skills. Build your confidence in performing these  procedures with accuracy and efficiency:

  • Develop an understanding of emergency management of thoracic trauma.
  • Learn specifics of stabilization of patient with thoracic trauma or respiratory distress and gain confidence with sedation and management of various conditions.
  • Practice tracheostomy techniques and become familiar with available thoracostomy tubes.
  • Become familiar with indications and procedure of lateral thoracotomy and gain confidence using stapling devices for lung lobectomy.
  • Discuss timing of surgery for diaphragmatic hernia and become comfortable with anesthesia and surgical techniques for diaphragmatic herniorrhaphy.
  • Discuss gallbladder disease and practice techniques of cholecystectomy and partial liver lobectomy.
  • Review emergency management of gastric dilatation with volvulus/gastric necrosis and gain confidence with different techniques for gastropexy and partial gastrectomy.
  • Review emergency management of urinary obstruction in the dog and cat. Practice techniques for feline perineal urethrostomy and canine scrotal urethrostomy.

Viticus Group’s official lodging partner is Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley. Special lodging discounts are available to participants attending courses at the Viticus Center. Please make these arrangements once you have purchased your course by calling 702.434.4700 and be sure to mention that you are attending a course at the Viticus Center. To make a reservation with our discounted rate, please click here

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley
2800 North Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89014
Toll-free: 702.434.4700


Courtyard Lodging Includes: 

  • Airport Pick up: Available on request, 7 days a week starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p
  • Guests will need to call the hotel upon arrival (702.434.4700) after they pick up their luggage. At that time, we will inform them of the area they will be picked up and we will send the shuttle driver.
  • Airport drop off: All drop-offs are every two hours, starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p. Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior to departing.
  • Shuttle service to Las Vegas Strip: Pickups and drop-offs are outside the Mandalay Bay Tour and Trolley stop.

Drop-off Times:
12:00p, 4:00p, 10:00p

Pick-up Times:
12:30p, 4:30p, 10:30p

  • Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior.
  • Ground transportation to/from hotel and Viticus Center.
  • Be ready at the Courtyard hotel lobby 30 minutes in advance of course start time and board the van for the short ride to the Viticus Center. View Map.
  • Return to the hotel at the end of the instructional day.


Public transportation in Las Vegas is limited. If you are staying somewhere other than our preferred partner, Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport, you will need to arrange for your transportation to and from the Oquendo Center. If you are renting a car, Mandalay Bay, Luxor and several other hotels on the strip may charge for parking. Other transportation options for getting around are taxi service, Uber and Lyft.


  1. WVC scrubs are available upon your arrival if needed.

  2. Closed-toe shoes are required during labs.

  3. A light sweater for indoor areas.

  4. Plenty of sunscreen.

  5. Electronic charging device to power up.

  6. Valid ID - We highly recommend you carry your ID at all times in Las Vegas.


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