Labs & Workshops

Labs & Workshops

Get Your Hands Dirty

Looking for an additional challenge to enhance your learning at Chicago Vet? 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.

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

Wound Closure Academy - Principles & Techniques 

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Participants will be exposed to the wound closure principles; review the phases of wound healing by tissue type; learn about the anatomy of a suture. Participants will learn how to select the best polymer for the different tissue types and review the clinical evidences available for antibacterial sutures. Participants will have the opportunity to practice wound closure and knot-tying.

 After participating in this program, you will have a greater understanding of basic and innovative wound closure techniques and be able to:

  • Understand the basics of Wound Healing and Science of Tissue Management.
  • Discuss the selection of sutures and needles based upon tissue type.
  • Practice basic wound closure and knot-typing techniques: intradermal and subcuticular suturing, simple continuous and interrupted suturing patterns, surgeon and strangle knots, burying the know and hand ties. 

3-Hour Course 

Thursday, May 14th: 9 AM

Capacity: 40 veterinarians and veterinary techs
Cost: $100

Presented by: Dr. Lynetta Freeman & Ed Vitt

Wound Closure Academy - Procedural Focus 

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Participants will be exposed to the science of tissue management and review the phases of wound healing as it relates to specific procedures.   Participants will learn how to select the best needle and polymer for the different tissue types during the following procedures: gastropexy, gastrotomy, bladder and intestinal procedures.

After participating in this program, you will have a greater understanding of basic and innovative wound closure techniques and be able to:

  • Discuss wound closure principles and review the phases of wound healing by tissue type
  • Outline about the anatomy of a suture and selection of suture and needle by procedure
  • Practice advanced wound closure and knot-typing techniques with a procedural focus on gastropexy, gastrotomy, bladder and intestinal procedures
    • Each participant will work in pairs for the hands-on lab

3-hour course

Thursday, May 14th: 1:30 PM

Capacity: 40 veterinarians
Cost: $100

Presented by: Dr. Lynetta Freeman & Ed Vitt

Lynetta Freeman, DVM, MS, MBA

Lynetta Freeman, Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, brings extensive experience in teaching open and minimally invasive surgery, developing surgical procedures and devices, and in conducting basic research in wound healing. During her tenure at Purdue, Lyn served as a clinical soft tissue surgeon, taught the general surgery course to third year students, and led the Priority 4 Paws program to serve shelter animals with a mobile surgery service for fourth year students.  She performed basic research in wound healing and NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery).  She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and was recognized as an ACVS Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Lynetta Freeman

Ed Vitt, Consultant

Ed Vitt was most recently with Ethicon Inc. for over 33 years and had responsibilities for education and training. Ed Vitt played an integral role in established Ethicon as a leader in surgery and surgical innovation.

Ed Vitt

Regenerative Medicine PRP and Intra-Articular Injection Lab


Sponsored by Companion Animal

In this workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of regenerative medicine and proficiency in performing intra-articular injections. Proper techniques for the collection and subsequent processing of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells are included. Injection techniques will be practiced utilizing anatomical landmarks and palpation, providing attendees working knowledge sufficient to successfully employ learned concepts immediately upon return to their practices.

4-hour course

Friday, May 15th: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

Capacity: 20 veterinarians
Cost: $295

Presented by Dr. Lisa A. Miller

Lisa A. Miller, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation in 2003, Dr. Miller completed an internship in internal medicine and then became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Working in a large referral practice, she practiced canine rehabilitation, sports medicine, neurological rehabilitation, and acupuncture for several years before returning to general practice.

Currently serving as Companion Animal Health’s Veterinary Medical Director, she is pleased to have found a place in the industry that allows her to still be actively involved in treating patients while learning about the latest technology in therapeutic lasers and helping veterinarians to successfully incorporate the modality into their practices.


Cranial Cruciate with Orthozip

Sponsored by Steris Animal Health

Open to: veterinarians 

This six-hour hands on workshop will be a comprehensive exercise in extracapsular repair of the canine cranial cruciate ligament.

The laboratory portion will cover the lateral approach to the stifle, removal of the cruciate remnants, inspection of the meniscus and an overview of the meniscal release. Stabilization will be applied using the lateral suture technique with a focus on proper suture placement using proven isometric points. High strength orthopedic adjustable locking loops (OrthoZip by Everost) will be placed isometrically using Orthozip posts and tightened. All attendees will have their repair critiqued by an experienced surgeon.

6-hour course

Friday, May 15th: 9:30 AM

Capacity: 14 veterinarians
Cost: $350

Presented by Dr. Randy Basinger

Randy Basinger, DVM, ACVS

Dr. Basinger received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1983. After an internship in Boston, he completed a three-year surgery residency and coursework for a Master’s degree in physiology at the University of Georgia.  In 1987 he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s award for the best research publication by a resident and moved to Columbia, SC to open a specialty referral center.

Dr. Basinger has published 4 textbook chapters and 14 scientific articles, and is a frequent lecturer at the local, state, national, and international level. He is currently the chairman of the   ACVS Foundation.


Feline Oral Surgery 

Sponsored by Steris Animal Health


Open to: veterinarians

In this 4-hour course, veterinarians will perform intraoral regional nerve blocks and discuss their role in multimodal pain management.

Participants will learn what makes cat extractions unique and will learn how to utilize dental radiography to facilitate decision-making. Participants will learn how to create and execute oral flaps, how to properly use the high-speed 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 cat cadavers for mandibular teeth. Participants will also practice with cat cadavers.

4-hour course


Thursday, May 14th: 10:30 AM

Capacity: 12 veterinarians
Cost: $350


Presented by: Dr. Paul Q. Mitchell

Paul Q. Mitchell, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. Mitchell graduated with his DVM from Michigan State University in 1991. He worked in mixed animal and small animal private practice for five years before starting a residency in veterinary dentistry with Dr. Robert Wiggs 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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