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Veterinary Endoscopy Society Annual Conference

The next VES annual meeting will be held in New York City on June 1-3, 2022.  
The location will be at the Westin Grand Central in Manhattan NYC, New York.  We have decided to host this event as a hybrid meeting that will enable both an in-person and virtual program.
Cost for registration: $450 for MIS Soft Tissue Track, $250 for MIS Neurosurgery track, and $200 for virtual attendance. The various tracks will all be held at separate times so you would be able to participate in all three tracks with minimal overlap. The virtual conference attendance will be via a live Zoom participation with video recordings available for review at a later date (if registered). CE credits will only be given for live attendance (in-person or virtual). 


The Westin New York Grand Central

212 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017
United States


Conference Date: June 1 – 3, 2022

Hotel room block availability dates: Sunday, May 29th, 2020 – Monday, June 6th, 2022

abstract submission

keynote speakers

jp mccrue

dr. jp mccrue

“Endoscopic use cranial neurosurgery”

Dr McCue began his post-graduate professional career pursuing specialization in small animal internal medicine. Following veterinary school at Cornell University he completed a rotating internship and subsequent residency in internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in his hometown of New York City. While in veterinary school Dr. McCue developed an interest in veterinary neurology. Concurrent with obtaining board certification for internal medicine he became the first graduate of the current neurology residency program at the AMC in 2010 and remained there as a staff neurologist and neurosurgeon until 2022. In 2016 he began work to establish a minimally invasive neurosurgical center at the AMC with a focus on pathologies involving the skull base. His professional interests have continued within the intersection of internal medicine and neurology utilizing minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques to address complex endocrine disorders related to the pituitary gland.

Dr. Fred Wininger

“Neuronavigation and its utility in spinal surgery”

Dr. Fred Wininger, an ACVIM (Neuro) Diplomate, began his post-residency career as a faculty member at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery.  There he joined the Comparative Neurology Program, where he was integral in the development of a novel neuronavigation device.   That technology was used to administer therapies for neurodegenerative disorders that are now used to treat children with analogous diseases.  He developed one of the first hybrid private practice/academic residency training programs which has graduated 14 boarded practitioners and continues at his current practice Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency in Charlotte, NC.  He is the sole proprietor and operator of 3D Veterinary Printing, a company providing surgeons with anatomic models and customized surgical instruments.

clayton watkins, dvm

“Endoscopic nasal tumor surgery”

Dr. Watkins earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1988 and founded VetMed Consultants, an ultrasound and endoscopy diagnostic service, in 1996. Since 1996, he as limited is practice to non-invasive diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound, endoscopy, CT and fluoroscopy. His practice is also limited to non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures. These procedures replace more invasive open surgeries thus reducing pain and complications. In collaboration with Dr. John Hayes, a human radiation oncologist of Companion Curietherapy, LLC, he founded the first radiation treatment facility in the Unites States specializing in high-dose-rate brachytherapy. He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1984 and they have four children.
Dr. Oechtering

Dr. Oechtering

“State of the art update on endoscopic ENT surgery”

Gerhard Oechtering studied veterinary medicine at and graduated from the Free University of Berlin in 1983. Later, as DipECVAA, he became senior lecturer in surgical intensive care and anesthesiology at the Veterinary Department of the Justus Liebig University, Giessen. Dr. Oechtering moved to the University of Leipzig in 1994 and since that time serves as professor and head of the Small Animal Department. In 2002 he founded a multidisciplinary research group focusing on brachycephaly. In 2005 his department opened a one-of-a kind veterinary ENT-Unit. His clinical work and special interests include minimally invasive interventional ENT surgery, navigated surgery, laser surgery in the ENT and urological field as well as breeding related ENT problems. Dr. Oechtering's ENT-Unit involves 9 residents receiving cases from across Europe, UK and the US. He has been an invited speaker at several European and American colleges to discuss brachycephaly, ENT topics or laser surgery. He is recognized as a national specialist for veterinary surgery and otorhinolaryngology.
Dr. Berg

Jason Berg DVM DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Neurology)

“Neurosurgery – From Cushing to MIS!”

Graduated Texas A&M 1996.  Internship and dual residency at The AMC 1996-2000.  Lectured local, nationally and internationally on medical and surgical aspects of neurosurgery.  Cofounded or founded Animal Specialty Center (first veterinary Cyberknife center in USA), Animal MR (first MRI services in New York, NJ), Bloodhound Laboratories and finally Guardian Veterinary Specialists.  Champion of pets, people and our profession. 

Dr. Heidi Phillips

“Brachycephalic airway surgery in cats”

Heidi Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, and a VMD degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a 3-year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Pennsylvania where she returned as a staff surgeon after spending two years in private surgical practice. She subsequently became interested in urinary tract surgery and renal transplantation, acting as primary surgeon on over 40 kidney transplantation surgeries in clinically ill dogs and cats. She obtained further training in advanced microvascular and micro-neurological surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, and Columbia University, New York. As a board-certified veterinary surgeon with over 16 years of experience in veterinary soft tissue surgery, transplantation medicine and surgery, and laboratory animal surgery, Dr. Phillips developed the Microsurgery Research and Training Laboratory at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, an interdisciplinary and collaborative microsurgery laboratory that integrates several instructional modalities, assessment tools, technologies, and campus resources to train animal researchers and to improve the quality of research-related surgeries. She is skilled in soft tissue and microsurgical technique and tissue handling of small animals and has authored publications regarding soft tissue surgeries of all types, including vascular anastomosis and renal transplantation as well as book chapters discussing vascular surgery and microsurgery. She is a member of the International Microsurgery Simulation Society, an international collaboration of instructors of microsurgery, the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery, and the Veterinary Endoscopy Society. She became interested in laser-assisted turbinectomy and other endoscopic-assisted treatments of brachycephalic pets in 2014 and was fortunate to visit Dr. Gerhard Oechtering at that time at his clinic in Leipzig. Since then, she has expanded her clinic to include novel treatments of respiratory problems of brachycephalic dogs and cats. Dr. Phillips is an Associate Professor of small animal surgery in the department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the service head of soft tissue surgery in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois. She is also an affiliate of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
Dr Helmuth Billy

Helmuth Billy, MD

“Laparoscopy and Abdominal Operations”

Helmuth Billy,MD specializes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery and is director of bariatric surgery at St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura California  He has been an innovator in the field of utilizing fluorescent imaging in laparoscopic surgery and has published researched articles and authored textbook chapters on various topics in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.  He is a well known speaker and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of technology and minimally invasive surgery.  He has been the president of the California Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for the past 5 years and was recently nominated to the Executive Council for the ASMBS.  Dr. Billy performs over 400 minimally invasive operations a year and is a member of the core teaching faculty for graduate surgical education at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura California.  He has been in private practice in Ventura for the past 20 years and he enjoys downhill skiing, restoring vintage Volkswagens and travelling with his family.  


Dr. Michael Gallizzi

“Endoscopic Spinal Surgery”

Dr. Michael Gallizzi, a Michigan native who specializes in minimally invasive, robotic and endoscopic adult spinal surgery, will join The Steadman Clinic team of surgeons on March 14, 2022. Dr. Gallizzi’s appointment was announced by Dr. Marc J. Philippon, managing partner of The Steadman Clinic and chair of Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) and Dan Drawbaugh, CEO of The Steadman Clinic and SPRI.

Dr. Gallizzi comes to Vail after spending the past three years in practice at Skyridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, and nearly the past six years in medical practice in Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School. Dr. Gallizzi completed his residency training in orthopaedics at the University of Missouri and also served as a clinical instructor in orthopaedic adult spinal surgery as a fellow at Duke University.

Robert F Ward MD

“A novel approach to the treatment of laryngeal paralysis”

Robert Ward, MD, earned his medical degree from Cornell University and went on to serve
his residency in otolaryngology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  He then received his fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology from the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Dr. Ward is well known and extremely highly regarded for his treatment of a wide variety of
ear, nose and throat conditions including Congenital Airway Abnormalities, Chronic
Sinusitis, Tonsillitis & Adenoiditis in Children, Hoarseness in Children, Sleep Disorders in Children, Benign Vocal Cord Lesions, Respiratory Problems in Neurologically Impaired Children, Sleep Apnea in Children, Head & Neck Cancer, Neck Masses in Children.

Dr. Ward is co-inventor on the Y-Lock Tracheal Stent System (DexStent LN). He hasauthored numerous articles in the varied areas of his expertise, and has been recognized
and honored frequently for his clinical skills and accomplishments.

Dr Sean Murphy

“Needlescopic Surgery: Bridging MIS, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgery together- a taste for everyone”

registration tracks

**Please note: you must be logged in to register. Registration for the orthopedic sessions at VES 2022 is temporarily discontinued pending further speaker discussions

MIS SOft Tissue

$ 450USD

MIS Neurosurgery

$ 250USD


$ 200USD

On-Site Walk-in 1-day registration

$ 300USD

MIS SOft Tissue + Orthopaedic

$ 700USD

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