Introduction to Equine Laparoscopy - June 16-17, 2021


RACE Approved: 16 hours

Course Description: This course will focus on basic equine laparoscopic surgery. The participant will learn laparoscopic instrumentation, manipulation and principles of cryptorchidectomy, and ovariectomy. This course includes 9.5 hours of lecture and 6.5 hours of laboratory time.

Day 1

7:45 am Welcome, Introductions, Overview of the Course and Breakfast
8:00 am Triangulation / Working in a 2-D environment / Tissue handling
8:30 am Telescopes/cameras/light sources/ insufflators
9:00 am Cannulae and hand instruments
9:30 am Abdominal access: Anatomy and Techniques
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Extracorporeal knots and applications
10:30 am Anesthetic and analgesic considerations in laparoscopy including positioning – Standing vs Dorsal Recumbent/Trendelenberg
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 pm Laboratory 1 – Fundamental laparoscopic skills (Peg transfer/precision cutting/ extracorporeal knots/ligating loops)
1:30 pm Mechanical Hemostasis: Loops, Clips, Staples
2:00 pm Energy sources: Electrocautery, Ultrasonic shears, Lasers, Advanced bipolar cautery
2:30 pm Specimen removal (incision/bags/morcellation)
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Standing cryptorchidectomy
3:45 pm Recumbent cryptorchidectomy
4:15 pm Standing ovariectomy
4:45 pm Recumbent ovariectomy
5:15 pm Conclusion

Day 2

7:45 am Breakfast
8:00 am Laboratory 2 – Ovariectomy trainer ( + review Laboratory 1 skills)
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Diagnostic laparoscopy and biopsy techniques
10:30 am Build your own trainer
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 pm Laboratory 3 – Procedures in anesthetized pigs
3:00 pm Q & A / Discussion / Course evaluations
3:30 pm Conclusion

Dr. Dean Hendrickson DVM, DACVS

Dr. Hendrickson received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1988 and completed an Equine Surgery and Medicine Internship at the University of Sydney, Sydney Australia in 1989. He was accepted into and completed the three-year combined Large Animal Surgery Residency and Masters of Science program at Cornell University in 1992. He became a faculty member in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 1992. He joined the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University in December 1994 as an Equine Surgeon. He has served as VTH Hospital Director and the Associate Dean for the DVM program at CSU. His primary clinical interests are in Equine Wound Care and Minimally Invasive Surgery and has spoken nationally and internationally on both subjects. He has authored papers and book chapters on the use of Endoscopic Surgery. He completed a textbook on Equine Wound Care and has authored chapters in other books on equine wound care. He recently completed the 4th Edition of Turner and McIlwraith’s Large Animal Surgical Techniques. He consults with various Zoological Societies regarding large and megavertabrate species. He has been part of a team that is working on population management of elephants in southern Africa. He is currently interested in educational theory and “making teaching matter” and has been part of teams that have published on educational scholarship. He is an ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery (Large Animal Soft Tissue).

Dr. Jeremiah Easley DVM, DACVS

Jeremiah Easley received his veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He went on to complete a 1-year internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL and a 3 year surgical residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. In 2018, he became an ACVS Founding Fellow in Large Animal Minimally Invasive Soft Tissue Surgery. Dr. Easley is currently an Associate Professor at Colorado State University and the Co-Director of the Preclinical Surgical Research Laboratory. He specializes in preclinical translational models for evaluating novel medical technologies. He has a special interest in Equine Standing Surgery, specifically laparoscopic surgery and was the editor of the 2014 Veterinary Clinics of North America Equine Practice edition on Standing Surgery. His preclinical research role has allowed him to investigate various minimally invasive procedures in a research setting in equine and food animal species. Dr. Easley resides in Fort Collins, CO with his wife Dr. Jennifer Hatzel, DVM, MS, DACT of 10 years. Dr. Easley and his wife share their love for veterinary medicine and work closely together at CSU to improve the health and welfare of many equine patients.

Dr. Eileen Hackett DVM, DACVS

Dr. Eileen Hackett attended University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 1998. After an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, she completed a residency in Large Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. Dr. Hackett joined the CSU Equine Surgery and Critical Care Service and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Hackett serves on the ACVS Resident Credentialing Committee and the ACVECC Research Committee, and is an Associate Editor of Veterinary Surgery. She is a Principal Investigator in the CSU Preclinical Surgical Research Laboratory working with large animal surgical models for rotator cuff repair, vaginal prolapse, and urinary stress incontinence. Dr. Hackett is part of the team at CSU providing specialty boarded critical and emergency care to all large animals 24-hours a day.

Dr. Hans Widejans DVM, DACVS

Dr. Wilderjans received his DVM from Belgium State University in 1987 and completed an Equine Internship at Conques Equine Hospital in South of France in 1989. He was working in Tortington Equine Hospital in West Sussex UK for 3 years and enrolled in an ECVS alternate Large Animal Surgery program. In 1992 he funded the Bosdreef Equine Hospital in Belgium and in 1995 he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2000 Bosdreef Equine Hospital merged with the Equine Hospital De Morette near Brussels.
Together with 4 partners he now manages 2 of the most important private Equine Hospitals in Belgium.
Bosdreef Equine Hospital Group has 24 full time employed veterinarians, only performing hospital work. They have board certified veterinarians in diagnostic imaging, surgery and internal medicine.
Bosdreef Equine Hospital is a fully equipped Equine referral hospital (MRI, CT, scintigraphy) dealing mainly with show jumping horses.
Bosdreef Equine Group also has residency programs running in Equine Surgery, Internal Medicine and diagnostic imaging.
His primary clinical interest involves equine surgery with a special interest in orthopaedic surgery and laparoscopy.
He has spoken nationally and internationally on those subjects. He has authored papers and book chapters on the use of laparoscopic surgery.

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