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Microsurgery Training Laboratory

Registration is not yet available. Please email ope@vetmed.illinois.edu or call 217-333-2907 if you are interested in this course.

Dr. Heidi Phillips at the University of Illinois offers individualized, intensive training including the proper use of an operating microscope, micro-instruments, micro-suture, and live animal models (rats).

Course enrollment is limited to three learners per course who are closely monitored throughout. Dr. Phillips provides hands-on guidance and skill evaluation throughout the course.

Course topics include:

  • Use of the operating microscope
  • Dissection and cannulation of arteries and veins in the rat
  • End-to-end and end-to-side arterial and venous anastomoses as well as interpositional grafts and free tissue transfer
  • Nerve transection and anastomosis
  • Rodent anesthesia and monitoring
  • Humane treatment and euthanasia

Dr. Phillips offers training for:

  • M.D. residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and other allied medical professionals
  • Veterinary surgeons and surgery residents and laboratory animal veterinarians
  • Researchers who perform surgical procedures, including catheterization, on laboratory animals

About Dr. Phillips

With surgical skills honed performing kidney transplants on cats during five years as assistant director of the Renal Transplant Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Heidi Phillips now offers microsurgery training at the University of Illinois.

Her expertise includes microvascular surgery, reconstructive surgery, and urogenital surgery, especially feline and canine ureteral surgery and transplant surgery.

Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Phillips is also an award-winning teacher and has directed the Small Animal Surgery Residency Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the University of Illinois, Urbana. Dr. Phillips has trained with experts in microsurgery instruction from the Cleveland Clinic and Columbia University, using the rodent model as well as lifelike bio-tissue training models.