The Department of Surgery has a history that dates back to 1996 when Prof. Dr. Seçkin GÜNDÜZ was appointed as the Head of the Department, marking the beginning of education and training in the field. Two years later, in 1998, Research Assist. Berna ERSÖZ KANAY and Research Assist. Serhan TAŞDEMİR joined as assistants, strengthening the department's staff. In the following period, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Seçkin GÜNDÜZ and Assist. Prof. Dr. Berna ERSÖZ KANAY, the Department continued to provide its services. In 2006, Research Assist. Semih ALTAN joined the department as an assistant. In 2012, Prof. Dr. Seçkin GÜNDÜZ retired, and Assist. Prof. Dr. Berna ERSÖZ KANAY was appointed as the new head of the Department. In 2013, Dr. Semih ALTAN returned to the Department after completing his doctorate in Veterinary Surgery at Selçuk University Institute of Health Sciences. With his return, the Department had two academic staff members, and they continued to focus on education and training. In 2014, Research Assistant Eylem BEKTAŞ joined the Department, further strengthening the team. The department was further bolstered in 2018 with the addition of Assist. Prof. Dr. Emine ÇATALKAYA. In 2019, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sadık YAYLA and Research Assistant Nahit SAYLAK also joined the department, contributing to its growth and expertise. In 2020, the Veterinary Surgery Doctorate program was launched at Dicle University Institute of Health Sciences, marking the beginning of doctoral education starting from the fall semester of 2020-2021. The Department continues to offer education and clinical services with a team that consists of 4 faculty members, including 2 Associate Professors and 2 Assistant Professors, 2 research assistants, one of whom is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa through the Article 35 assignment and 4 doctoral students.
The Department of Surgery deals with the medical, conservative and operative treatment of surgical diseases of animals, especially in the first aid of the patient, in all kinds of accidents and injuries, in the treatment of traumatic lesions of the skeletal system such as fractures and dislocations. Operative surgical interventions are performed in cases where conservative and medical treatment fails or when a definitive diagnosis cannot be made.
Students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are first introduced to surgery with the Introduction to the Clinic course and then continue with compulsory courses such as Anesthesiology, Radiology, General Surgery and Special Surgery Orthopedics and Traumatology Foot Diseases in Large Animals and gain the basic knowledge and experience needed by a practicing veterinarian in surgical issues. In addition to the theoretical courses, starting from the 3rd grade, they gain experience and skills in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases during the professional practice courses and internship period. In addition, students are offered alternatives with some specific elective courses for animal species of special interest.
The Surgery Clinic provides services for small animals (cats, dogs, exotic and ornamental animals) and large animals (horses, cows, sheep and goats). Radiology unit provides services to all clinics. In addition to clinical services, research activities are also carried out in synchronous working order.
In the field of orthopedics and traumatology, especially in small animal medicine, studies on bone healing in traumatic diseases of the skeletal system such as osteosynthesis methods with current implants, external fixation, and current studies on post-operative pain and anesthesia applications in animals are carried out in parallel with these operations. In the field of soft tissue surgery, operations are performed especially on urinary system surgery, eye, ear and dental diseases.
In addition, there is interest in reanimation, analgesia and reconstructive surgery in emergency trauma and shock patients. Both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery are performed in the Large Animal Clinic, which has seen a significant decrease in the number of patients coming to the clinic in recent years. In order to increase interest in equine diseases, periodic visits are organized within the framework of the protocol signed with the Diyarbakır Hippodrome of the Turkish Jockey Club.
In the surgical clinic, where approximately 1000 patients are referred from Diyarbakır provinces and districts as well as neighboring provinces, 60% of the patients are cats. With the opening of the animal hospital, which is presented as a project in the coming years, it is planned to provide better quality services for animal health in the region.
In the Surgery Clinic, there are 2 operation rooms, 2 imaging rooms (one is a CR system radiology unit and the other is an ultrasound and eye-ear examination room), 1 closed circuit inhalation anesthesia device, 100 mA 110 kV x-ray device, electrocautery device, bedside monitor, infusion pump. Various orthopedic implants such as pins, plates, interlocking nail system, external fixator system are used.
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