Surgery of the Ear, Airway, Spleen and Liver 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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under each Course Segment

Arytenoid lateralization

  • Laryngeal anatomy
  • Current concept of the cause of laryngeal paralysis
  • Laryngeal examination
  • Emergency treatment of laryngeal paralysis
  • Postoperative care
  • Prognosis and complications

Soft palate resection and correction of stenotic nares

  • Components of brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Clinical signs of brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal signs in brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Emergency management of brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Indications for surgery for overlong soft palate and stenotic nares
  • Techniques for soft palate resection
  • Basics of surgical lasers and laser safety
  • Techniques for correction of stenotic nares

Tracheostomy tube placement

  • Indications for tracheostomy tubes
  • Emergency tracheostomy
  • Controlled tracheostomy
  • Tube types and selection
  • Ventilating through a tracheostomy tube
  • Tubes for flabby necked dogs
  • Making the tracheal incision
  • Tube maintenance
  • Tube removal

Total ear canal ablation

  • Causes of end stage otitis externa
  • Diagnosis of end stage otitis externa
  • Antibiotic selection
  • Prognosis/complications following TECA
  • TECA in cats

Ventral bulla osteotomy

  • Indications for ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Otitis media with minimal otitis externa
  • Inflammatory polyps in cats:
  • Nasopharyngeal polyps
  • Ear canal polyps
  • Removal of polyps by traction vs. ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Outcome for cats treated for inflammatory polyps

Aural hematoma

  • Relevant anatomy of the pinna
  • Cause of aural hematoma
  • Treatment options:
  • Aspiration/corticosteroids
  • Passive drain
  • Teat cannula
  • C02 laser
  • Surgical repair
  • Aftercare


  • Behavior of hemangiosarcoma (HSA)
  • Ruleouts for canine splenic masses
  • Overview of splenic hematoma
  • Preoperative care
  • Vascular anatomy of the spleen
  • Use of surgical staplers and vessel sealing devices
  • Interpretation of histopathology results
  • Prognosis and adjuvant therapy for HSA
  • Feline splenic mast cell tumor

Gall bladder mucoceles and cholecystectomy

  • Possible causes of gall bladder mucoceles
  • Clinical presentation
  • Ultrasonographic appearance
  • Deciding whether surgery is indicated
  • Deciding whether intraop biliary lavage is indicated
  • Considerations prior to surgery
  • Anatomy of the gall bladder
  • Technique for cholecystectomy
  • Technique for biliary lavage
  • Prognosis

Liver lobectomy

  • Types/behavior of canine liver tumors
  • Signs and clinical pathology of liver tumors
  • Vacuolar hepatopathy and HCC in Scotties
  • Imaging of liver masses in dogs
  • Roles of cytology and biopsy
  • Client communication re. liver lobectomies
  • Basic liver anatomy
  • Liver lobectomy techniques
  • Staplers and vessel sealing devices in liver lobectomy
  • HCC prognosis
  • Feline liver masses

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
your entire registration fee.