The Journey - From Concept to Reality: Laparoscopy in Elephants

How and why would you do laparoscopy with an elephant?  Join us as we discover how the first elephant laparoscope was designed and how it has been used to perform surgery on animals that weigh over 10,000 lbs. and are living in the middle of an African savanna. See the unique challenges faced when developing new procedures in exotic species and how advances in laparoscopy have been used to help wildlife conservation, research and animal care in elephants.

Mark Stetter, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Mark Stetter is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.  Prior to this, Stetter worked for over two decades as a clinical zoo and wildlife veterinarian.  Most recently this included 15 years at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando and with the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo in New York. Primary research interest include minimally invasive surgery in wildlife. Stetter has published and presented extensively on this topic including laparoscopy in various species such as fish, birds and mammals. Recent focus has been the development of laparoscopic surgical techniques in elephants. 

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