Labs & Workshops


Labs & Workshops

Take learning outside the classroom

Looking for an additional challenge to enhance your learning at Austin Vet? Our conference offers 2 unique learning opportunities with wet labs, brought to you by STERIS Animal Health .  Challenge yourself and enhance your learning when you attend these hands-on sessions. 

Sign up for one of our small-scale labs & workshops. These hands-on sessions provide the perfect opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and gain the crucial experience to put these new skills into practice.

Immerse yourself in one or more of these opportunities, which offer a small-group learning environment with our top-tier instructors. These labs and workshops are the perfect place for those who are tight on time, but still want to tackle a new procedure or freshen up an existing skill.

Wet labs: capacity = 12 people per lab

Cost: $350 (each)

Restrictions: Open only to veterinarians

To register, add the chosen wet lab to your cart during registration. Or, call us at (646) 437-9080.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Endoscopy

This lab and hands-on workshop is a comprehensive introduction and exercise in veterinary endoscopy for companion animals. During the classroom portion, participants will learn the anatomy and basics of both flexible and rigid endoscopes as well as common endoscopic procedures in cats and dogs, including upper respiratory and gastrointestinal inspections. 

The hands-on laboratory portion gives attendees the opportunity to work closely with wireless flexible endoscopes (Endo-i by STERIS Animal Health) and endoscopy models to perform a variety of skill-based tasks: navigation, grasping, retrieval, insufflation, suction, and biopsies.  The attendees will have their skills critiqued by an experienced, boarded veterinary internist.  4 hour course

Tues, April 21st: 10:30 AM

Open to veterinarians only

CE Units: 4.0

Capacity: 12 veterinarians; Cost: $350

Presented by: Dr. Thomason and Dr. Mackin

John Thomason, DVM, MS, DACVIM

John Thomason is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University (MSU). He received his DVM in 2006 from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his M.S. in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from Mississippi State University. He completed his residency in small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University prior to joining the faculty in 2010. Dr. Thomason’s research interests are in the field of hematology and hemostasis.


Dr. Andrew Mackin is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Mississippi State University. Dr. Mackin is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University in Western Australia, with a completed internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College.  He is also a Fellow of the ANZCVSc, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Dr. Mackin has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine. 

Canine Oral Surgery

Veterinarians will perform intraoral regional nerve blocks and discuss their role in multimodal pain management. Demonstration, Hands-on Instruction and Practice of surgical extractions in dog cadavers, focusing primarily on the maxillary canine and the maxillary fourth premolar teeth. Participants will learn how to create and execute oral flaps, how to properly use the highspeed drill to remove alveolar bone and section teeth, how to effectively use root elevators to loosen teeth roots, and how to surgically close the extraction site defects in dog cadavers.

Mon, April 20th: 10:00 AM

Open to veterinarians only

CE Units: 4.0

Capacity: 12 veterinarians; Cost: $350

Presented by: Dr. Mitchell

Paul Q. Mitchell, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. Mitchell worked in mixed animal and small animal private practice for five years before starting a residency in veterinary dentistry at the Dallas Dental Service Animal
Clinic. He became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 1999 and has served as the chair of the AVDC exam committee. He is the author of Small Animal Dentistry; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002 and has spoken nationally and internationally. He has worked for Veterinary Centers of America in their specialty referral hospital in Boston and as their national veterinary dental educator, giving numerous lectures and wet labs on veterinary dentistry.

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