Wound Management

Flaps and Grafts

Friday, December 1
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 3

Veterinarian Technician

When wounds are too large or awkward to close primarily or by second intention, use flaps or grafts can provide a viable means for wound closure. In this lecture we’ll review common flaps and their application and also discuss in detail the development and application of mesh grafts.

Karen Tobias

Professor, Small Animal Surgery
University of Tennessee

Dr. Karen Tobias is a Professor of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery and board-certified surgeon at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM in 1985 from University of Illinois and completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Purdue University in 1986 and a Small Animal Surgery residency and Master’s Degree at The Ohio State University in 1989.
Dr. Tobias has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters and is known nationally and internationally for her work on portosystemic shunts in dogs. She is the author of the Manual of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery (Wiley/Blackwell, 2010); co-editor of Tobias and Johnston: Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal (Elsevier/Saunders, 2012); and co-author of Paterson and Tobias Atlas of Ear Diseases of the Dog and Cat (Wiley/Blackwell, 2013).


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