Gastrointestinal Surgery Online Course


Detailed videos and descriptions of procedures for the veterinarian in general veterinary practice. Eliminate indecision with Dr. Berg’s advice designed to help you conquer these procedures with confidence. Organized for Quick Review Prior to Any Procedure
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RACE accredited 4 hours CE


Let Dr. Berg help you eliminate the stress with your veterinary surgery cases by providing a blueprint for success. Feel at ease with each and every procedure by incorporating the lessons, tips and tricks learned in this course.

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  • Types of GI foreign bodies
  • Pathophysiology of intestinal obstruction
  • Diagnosis of foreign body obstruction
  • Antibiotics, suture material and needles
  • Indications for surgery for foreign bodies
  • Assessing intestinal viability
  • Postop feeding
  • Intestinal incisional dehiscence

Esophageal feeding tube

  • E tube indications
  • Advantages of e tubes
  • Special equipment
  • E tube feeding

Intra abdominal biopsy techniques

  • Special equipment
  • Risk of dehiscence after intestinal biopsy
  • Role of mesenteric lymph node biopsy
  • Liver biopsy interpretation
  • Risks of pancreatic biopsy


  • Clinical signs of gastric foreign bodies
  • Potentially life threatening gastric foreign bodies:
  • Expansile foreign bodies
  • Post – 1982 pennies
  • Multiple magnets
  • Teriyaki sticks
  • Imaging of gastric foreign bodies
  • Results of endoscopy for gastric
  • foreign bodies
  • Gastrotomy: needles, suture material, antibiotics, suture patterns Postoperative feeding

Intestinal resection and anasotmosis

  • Indications
  • Intestinal tumors types in dogs and cats, signs, diagnosis
  • The GIST concept
  • Roles of surgery in feline gi lymphoma
  • Assessment of intestinal viability
  • Long term survival of dogs and cats with intestinal tumors

Subtotal colectomy in cats

  • Background – idiopathic megacolon
  • Rule outs
  • Medical management
  • Dietary management
  • Indications for subtotal colectomy
  • Risks of colonic surgery
  • Anatomy
  • Prognosis

Red rubber catheter technique for removing linear foreign bodies

  • Background – linear foreign bodies
  • Radiographic and ultrsonographic appearance of linear foreign bodies
  • Disadvantages of removal of linear foreign bodies with multiple enterotomies
  • Management of intestinal perforation

Gastric dilatation volvulus

  • Risk factors for GDV
  • Lifetime risk for GDV in large and giant breed dogs
  • Signs of GDV
  • Radiographic appearance of GDV
  • Systemic sequelae of GDV
  • Gastric decompression; orogastric tube vs trocarization
  • Determining of the direction of volvulus and repositioning the stomach
  • Assessing splenic and gastric viability
  • Methods of gastric resection
  • Incisional gastropexy
  • Mortality rate of GDV

Instructor: Dr. John Berg, DVM, MS, DACVS


Dr. Berg is a 1981 graduate of Colorado State University. He completed a rotating internship at Cornell University in 1982 before returning to Colorado State for his surgery residency. Following his residency, he spent a year in referral practice at South Shore Veterinary Associates, south of Boston, and joined the faculty of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.

He teaches and practices small animal soft tissue surgery and has a special interest in surgical oncology. During his time at Tufts, he has twice received the Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as several other teaching awards.

He is the author of numerous original articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in soft tissue surgery and surgical oncology. Dr. Berg served as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts from 1998 until 2011. He is an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology and an honorary member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology

Online Veterinary CE

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If for any reason this course does not provide the value that
you expect within 30 days, let us know and we will refund
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