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GENERAL SURGERY:The Cutting Edge of Teaching : 

GENERAL SURGERY:The Cutting Edge of Teaching Dr. Allah Bux Kachiwal DVM, M.Sc. (Hons) (Ph.D.)

General Surgery : 

General Surgery Required rotation for 3rd-year students and interns Perform surgical procedures commonly seen in private practice Integrated approach

General Surgery -- Objectives : 

General Surgery -- Objectives Utilize client-owned animals and service learning projects: Surgically competent graduates Ability to effectively communicate surgical benefits and risks with clients

General Surgery -- Objectives : 

General Surgery -- Objectives Understanding of: benefits of spay/neuter pet overpopulation, early-age spay/neuter, shelter and trap/neuter/release programs Develop community service spirit “This rotation is essential to the surgical skills of any veterinarian” --former student

General Surgery : 

General Surgery STUDENTS do everything with oversight from professional and technical staff Admissions Exams Communications Anesthesia Surgery Recovery/discharge “Very important to our learning and increased our surgical skills and confidence.” --former student

General Surgery : 

General Surgery 12-15 surgeries per student Anesthesia/surgery routine Patients are generally healthy 4 days of client – owned pets 4 days of shelter animals 1 - 2 days of rounds +/- 1 day of AFCAT

Procedures : 

Procedures OHE Castration Declaw Laceration repair Aural hematoma Microchips Retained deciduous teeth Dewclaw removal Tail dock Lumpectomies Abscess treatment Venipuncture Vaccinations

General Surgery -- Teaching : 

General Surgery -- Teaching 1800-1900 surgeries per year Technical aspects Surgical skills Patient evaluation Anesthetic protocols IV catheterization IM, SQ injections Anesthetic monitoring Post-Op monitoring and assessment Analgesia

General Surgery -- Teaching : 

General Surgery -- Teaching Professional aspects Client Communications History Procedure and risks Post-op discussion Discharge 3 – day follow-up Preventative medicine Peer Interactions Faculty/staff interactions Medical record keeping

Slide 10: 

“Now what do I do???” --current student

General Surgery -- Service : 

General Surgery -- Service Graduate veterinarians: Surgically competent Understand and play active role in pet overpopulation solutions Sense of altruism for community and animal welfare

General Surgery -- Service : 

General Surgery -- Service Provide competitively-priced routine services ~ 400 animals/year Assist animal shelters and AFCAT with pet overpopulation and compliance with law ~ 1450 animals/year Open House – Live Surgery Demonstration High school summer camps

General Surgery -- Research : 

General Surgery -- Research Provide patients, tissues and students Intern/resident projects Collaborative studies Educational grants and projects Projects include: Early-age spay/neuter Feral cat epidemiology Analgesia Misc.

General Surgery -- Research : 

General Surgery -- Research 7 grants 14 projects 15 publications 17 + proceedings/monographs 5 abstracts presented at national meetings 2 poster presentations 22 + national/international invited lectures

General Surgery – The Future : 

General Surgery – The Future Include exotic animal surgery Partnerships with Community Practice and Oncology Educational grant to expand on homeless and feral issues Laser surgery??

“Even though I do not plan to work on small animals at all, this is one of the best rotations I’ve had.” -- former student : 

“Even though I do not plan to work on small animals at all, this is one of the best rotations I’ve had.” -- former student

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