Introduction to Small Animal Laparoscopy - April 28-29, 2015

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive approach to the abdomen for organ biopsy, diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures.


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April 28-29, 2015


Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive approach to the abdomen for organ biopsy, diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures. The first day of the course will include lectures on the procedures to be performed in the laboratory, followed by a hands-on session using fresh pig cadavers to practice the basic laparoscopic skills. On the second day the participants will perform laparoscopy on anesthetized dogs. Participants will learn basic approaches and tissue manipulation. Laparoscopic techniques include tissue biopsy (liver, pancreas and kidney) and basic laparoscopic-assisted techniques including, intestinal biopsy, gastropexy, and ovariectomy or ovariohysterectomy. This course is intended for those who have minimal or no experience with laparoscopy. The laboratory is limited in size to three people per animal. Technicians can attend lectures and observe in the laboratory.

To learn more about Small Animal Laparoscopy at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital visit the VTH Laparoscopy Home Page.

CE Credits:


This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 13 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.


Dr. David Twedt, Dipl. ACVIM

Professor, Colorado State University

Dr. Eric Monnet, Dipl. ACVS

Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Dr. Craig Webb, Dipl. ACVIM

Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Registration Fees:

Standard: $1775.00 if received 1 month prior to course

Late: $1875.00 if received less that 1 month prior to course

Veterinary Technicians: $300; click here for technician registration form.

Note: If you are attempting to register 1 month or less prior to this course please call (970) 297-1273 to confirm availability.

Enrollment is limited. Register Early!

Alternate Registration Process: If you prefer to purchase this course by mail or fax, click here to use the downloadable purchase form.

Course Schedule:

Day 1:

8-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast and check-in

8:30 a.m.-noon: Lecture on instrumentation and techniques

12-1 p.m.: Lunch with professors (provided)

1-3 p.m.: Laparoscopic techniques(cont)

3-5:30 p.m.: Pig cadaver laboratory

Day 2:

8-8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast and lab orientation

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Dog laparoscopic laboratory

Registration and Cancellation Information:

Pre-registration is required for all veterinary continuing education conferences. Courses are subject to cancellation when registration is inadequate to cover costs of the program. Registration at least six weeks before the course will help prevent cancellation. Course fee is payable to Colorado State University. Fee includes proceedings, materials, supplies, refreshments and in some cases, lunch. Please see course schedules for more information.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Registration fees are fully refundable until 60 days prior to the course, 50% refundable between 60 and 30 days prior to the course and non-refundable after 30 days prior to the course. Fees will be refunded 100% at any date if vacated spot can be filled.

Other courses offered the same week:

Multipurpose Rigid Endoscopy: April 27, 2015

Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: April 30, 2015 (morning)

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgical Laparoscopy: April 30-May 1, 2015 (afternoon)


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