Common Complications of Routine Surgical Procedures - GI Tract

Small Animal

Contact Hours

3 Hours - RACE Accredited

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 29 October, 2023

Registration Deadline

Fri, 17 November, 2023




Diagnostic Imaging

Emergency & Critical Care

Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology

Pathology - Clinical & Gross


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Recorded on: 14th December 2023


Annika Bergström   DVM, PhD, DECVS-SA - Anicura Animal Hospital, Sweden
Annick Hamaide   DVM, PhD, DECVS - University of Liège, Belgium
Elisa Mazzaferro   MS, DVM, PhD, DACVECC - Cornell University, USA


David Holt   BVSc DACVS - University of Pennsylvania, USA



Gastrointestinal surgeries are frequently required and commonly undertaken in small animal general practice.

An international panel of world-renowned soft tissue surgeons will discuss commonly encountered pitfalls and the diagnosis and management of postoperative complications following routine surgery of the GI tract, ranging from anorexia, vomiting, and fever to aspiration pneumonia, anastomosis dehiscence, and incisional infections. Case examples will be used to highlight key points and share useful tips.

Attending veterinarians will have plenty of opportunity to share their own experiences and ask questions.

Dr Hamaide graduated in 1990 from the University of Liège, Belgium. She did her residency in Small Animal Surgery at Michigan State University and became European Specialist in Surgery (ECVS) in 1998. She also holds a PhD thesis on the study of vesico-urethral function in the dog. She is currently Professor of Surgical Oncology and Chair of the Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Liège.

Annika qualified from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden in 1999. After graduating Annika started to work as a clinician at the University Animal Hospital before staring a PhD and thereafter a residency in 2004. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Following her residency, she worked as senior lecturer in Uppsala and in 2020 she became an Associate Professor. Annika is now working as a veterinary surgeon at AniCura Animal Hospital in Sweden and continues to publish articles having supervised PhD students as well as residents. She lectures regularly at national courses/conferences on small animal surgery.

David is Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

He graduated from University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 1983, before undertaking an internship University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Philadelphia, PA 19104 from 1985 to 1986, followed by a residency also at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine from 1987 to 1990 in small animal surgery.

David is a Clinical Specialist in Soft-Tissue Surgery and his interests in research include Imaging cancer during surgery, Portosystemic shunts, Brachycephalic airway disease, Laryngeal paralysis and has published in excess of 100 papers and book chapters.

Dr. Mazzaferro is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing an internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma in Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Emergency-Critical Care at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in 2002. Dr. Mazzaferro was the Director of Emergency Services at a multispecialty practice in Colorado for 10 years before joining CUVS in 2012.

Dr. Mazzaferro is internationally renowned and a leader in her field. She is President of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. She is also a prolific publisher, having authored four manuals as well as numerous chapters and manuscripts on a range of topics relating to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having given presentations in more than 21 US states and 9 countries.

Internationally, Dr. Mazzaferro is recognized for her accomplishments as a lecturer and author. At CUVS, she is known for her upbeat, warm personality and unwavering positivity. She simultaneously conveys her tremendous experience and expertise with warmth and compassion – a combination that is reassuring and invaluable in the emergency setting.

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