Soft Tissue Surgery Seminar @ Unicoi State Park

Soft Tissue Surgery Seminar @ Unicoi State Park

+ LEAP CE with Betsy Choder, ESQ.!

Saturday, May 2, 2020  POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 11, 2020
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Provides 5 General CE Credits + 2 LEAP CE Credits



Unicoi State Park & Lodge

1788 GA-356, Helen, GA 30545
1-800-573-9659 (Hotel Reservations)

Registrants receive our special rate of $115.00!

Call 1-800-201-3205 or visit and use booking code 09341.

All hotel reservations must be made on or before September 10.


Dr. Randy Basinger, DVM, ACVS

Dr. Basinger received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1983. After a one-year internship in Boston, he completed a three-year surgery residency and coursework for a Master’s degree in physiology at the University of Georgia.  In 1987, he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s award for the best research publication by a resident. Dr. Basinger has published 4 textbook chapters and 14 scientific articles, and is a frequent lecturer at the local, state, national, and international level. He is currently the chairman of the ACVS Foundation Board of Trustees. Randy started the Veterinary Referral Center in Columbia SC in 1987, and now has a part time mobile surgery practice. He has helped with multiple locums at UGA over the last several years.

Randy is married to another veterinarian, Dr. Louise Burpee (UGA ‘87), and one of their two children, Will, is a 2015 veterinary school graduate from UGA. Randy and Louise were the 2019 UGA Distinguished Alumni of the Year. They share their time between Litchfield beach and Columbia in South Carolina with 2 dogs, 3 cats, 6 laying hens, a parrot, and a large garden of vegetables, fruits and berries.


7:00am – 7:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30am – 9:10am: Managing Severe Foot Injuries in Dogs and Cats
9:10am – 9:30am: Break
9:30am – 11:10am: Tumor Removal – Think Before You Ellipse
11:10am – 12:20pm: Break
12:20pm – 1:10pm: Practical Management of Maxillofacial Injuries in Dogs and Cats
1:10pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm – 3:30pm: LEAP CE: Legal & Ethical Considerations of CBD Oil in Veterinary Medicine with Betsy Choder, BS, MS, JD


(On or Before 9-25/After 9-25)

Hospital MemberIndividual Member Non-Member
Full Session$150$275/$325$325/$375
LEAP CE Only$0$0$250


A thousand acres of wilderness situated between charming mountain towns will delight you, area festivities will lure you and natural wonders will astonish you. Come visit us at Unicoi State Park and Lodge and experience the fun the North Georgia Mountains can offer. Nearby alpine Helen is host to great shopping, restaurants and annual events such as Oktoberfest. Neighboring Anna Ruby Falls dazzles with double waterfalls and local history. Explore our vast wilderness trails and fish in Georgia’s most famous trout streams, then relax and enjoy the sounds and sites of Mother Nature’s best work.

Visitors to Unicoi State Park and Lodge have always enjoyed the expansiveness of the wilderness surrounding the Georgia state parks, from our hiking/biking trails and the ever-popular Unicoi Lake. Fishermen have always known that our cool mountain streams are a haven for large quantities of bream and mountain trout. Now, our Georgia adventure activities are even more abundant at Unicoi State Park and Lodge. Learn to paddleboard on Unicoi Lake, try your hand at 3-D archery or take a level one fly fishing class. We have all the great fun you expect from Unicoi State Park and Lodge and so much more.


Archery & Air Gun Range

The Unicoi State Park Archery & Air Gun Range is a shooting facility that is set up for static archery target practice, 3-D archery target practice and air gun rifle target practice. All three areas of the range are considered ADA Accessible. Starting at $25 per person

GPS Scavenger Hunt

If you love exploring, you will love the scavenger hunt. This is truly fun for all ages and teaches exploration and navigation skills. Starting at $15 per device

Mountain Biking

Bring your mountain bike and experience our Mountain Bike Trail near Smith Creek. Our trail is considered intermediate in difficulty. Starting at $5 per person

Fly Fishing

Take a Level 1 fly-fishing course, learn the basic of putting the real together and casting. This is a land-based class for beginners. Starting at $25 per person

Kayaking (Limited kayaks available)

Get closer to the fish and closer to the water with our unique Guided Kayaking Class. Our guided Kayaking Class is a great way to see the lake and learn the history of Unicoi and the surrounding area. Starting at $10 per person

Zip Line Adventure Tour

Zip through the canopy with our canopy rangers. The adventure is amazing for the beginner and experienced thrill seeker. The adventure allows you to experience views of the lake and wildlife from a whole new vantage point. Starting at $59 per person