Endoscopy continuing education for veterinarians

Introduction to Small Animal Laparoscopy – October 11-12, 2021



RACE approved: 13.0 hours

Course Description

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive approach to abdomen for organ biopsy, diagnostic techniques, and surgical procedures. The first day of the course includes lectures on instrumentation, basic techniques and procedures to be performed in the laboratory. Endoscopic skills begin with a session using endoscopic trainers, followed by a hands-on session using cadavers to develop basic laparoscopic skills.
The second day participants will perform laparoscopy on cadavers. Participants will learn basic approaches and tissue manipulation. Laparoscopic techniques include tissue biopsy (liver, pancreas, and kidney), cholecystocentesis and basic laparoscopic-assisted techniques including, intestinal biopsy, gastropexy, and ovariectomy.

This course is intended for veterinarians with minimal to no experience with laparoscopy. The laboratory is limited in size to three individuals per animal. Demonstrations and lectures will be recorded and participants will be able to access these recordings after the course. After this course, participants may also register for the laparoscopic ovariectomy and/or advanced surgical laparoscopy course.

Veterinary technicians may register here, attend lectures, learn endoscopic instrumentation care, and assist during the laboratory.

Day 1

7:30 a.m. – Welcome and breakfast
8 a.m. – Instrumentation and technique
9:30 a.m. – Break
10 a.m. – Diagnostic procedures
11 a.m. – Laparoscopic trainers
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – Laparoscopic surgery techniques
3 p.m. – Break
3:30 p.m. – Laparoscopy laboratory
6 p.m. – Conclusion of day 1

Day 2

8 a.m. – Breakfast/Pre-Lab Orientation
9 a.m. – Laparoscopy Laboratory
1 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Procedure review and Q&A
4 p.m. – Conclusion of course

David Twedt

David Twedt, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. David C. Twedt is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and Associate Director of Continuing Education at the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute.
Twedt is past President of the ACVIM and Comparative Gastroenterology Society. Publication and research interests include liver disease, gastrointestinal disease and endoscopy. He has also been the recipient of a number of teaching and research awards including the Veterinary Endoscopy Society Pioneer in Endoscopy Award. Additionally, Twedt is the editor of several textbooks including Current Veterinary Therapy.

Eric Monnet

Dr. Eric Monnet


Dr. Eric Monnet graduated from veterinary school in Maisons Alfort, France in 1985. He worked for four years in a Paris private practice performing small animal medicine and surgery. In 1994, Monnet completed a small animal surgery residency at Colorado State University and concurrently finished a Master of Science degree. In 1997, Monnet received his PhD in Clinical Sciences studying cardiac efficiency in dogs. In 2003, he became a fellow of the American Heart Association. In 2017, he became a founding fellow of the ACVS MIS Small Animal fellowship.
Monnet is currently a professor in small animal surgery (General Surgery at Colorado State University. Monnet was the founding president of the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery from 2001-2003 and the Veterinary Endoscopy Society from 2002-2004. He has authored more than 100 articles and 25 chapters in various surgical textbooks. Monnet is the editor of textbooks “Disease Mechanisms in Small Animal Surgery” (3rd edition), “Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery” (1st edition), “Small Animal Thoracic Surgery” (2nd edition), and “Gastrointestinal Surgical Techniques” (1st edition).

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
If a course is canceled for any reason, we are not responsible for any charges related to travel.
Refunds are available for cancellations made 60 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future course.

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