Endoscopy continuing education for veterinarians

Introduction to Small Animal Laparoscopy – April 26-27, 2021


Are you interested in advanced surgical techniques, providing your patients will smaller incisions, less post-op pain, faster healing time, and a faster anesthetic recovery? Laparoscopy provides all of these benefits to your patients. This course requires no previous experience with laparoscopy and space is limited to two people per station in order to maximize instrumentation handling time and one-on-one time with Dr. Monnet.

RACE Approved: 13.0 Hours

Course Description

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic scope is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen for organ biopsy, diagnostic techniques, and surgical procedures. The first day of this course includes lectures on instrumentation, basic techniques, and procedures to be performed in the laboratory. Endoscopic skills begin with a session using endoscopic trainers. During the second day, participants will perform laparoscopy on canine cadavers. Participants will learn basic approaches and tissue manipulation. Laparoscopic techniques include tissue biopsy (liver, pancreas, and kidney), cholecystocentesis, ovariectomy cryptorchidectomy, and basic laparoscopic-assisted techniques including intestinal biopsy, jejunostomy tube placement, gastropexy, and cystoscope for bladder stones removal.

Day 1

8:30 am Breakfast and welcome
9:00 am Instrumentation and technique
10:30 am Break
11:00 pm Laboratory 1: Laparoscopic trainers
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Diagnostic procedures
2:15 pm Laparoscopic surgery
4:00 pm Break
4:15 pm Laboratory 2: Laparoscopic trainers
5:00 pm End of day one

Day 2

8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Laboratory 3: Laparoscopic surgery procedures
1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Review session
2:30 pm Conclusion of Course

Eric Monnet, DVM, PhD DACVS, DECVS

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, Dr. Monnet completed a small animal surgery residency at Colorado State University and concurrently finished a Master of Sciences degree. In 1997, Dr. 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 the ACVS MIS Small Animal fellowship.

Dr Monnet is currently a professor in small animal surgery (General Surgery at Colorado State University. He has authored more than 100 articles and 25 chapters in various surgical textbooks. Dr. Monnet was the founding president in 2001-2003 of the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery and in 2002-2004 of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society. He is the editor of the textbook: “Disease Mechanisms in Small Animal Surgery” (3rd edition). He is also the editor of the textbook “Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery” (1st edition), the textbook “Small Animal Thoracic Surgery” (2nd edition), and the textbook “Gastrointestinal Surgical Techniques” (1st edition).

David C. 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 in the 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. Twedt is the editor of several textbooks including Current Veterinary Therapy.

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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 35 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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