Rodent (mouse and rat) Laparoscopy workshop during the AALAS Convention
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The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) will be attending the 2009 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Conference. During this conference VBI will be presenting a workshop entitled Introduction to Basic Principles of Large Animal and Rodent (mouse and rat) Laparoscopy through Inanimate Object Training. This workshop is presented in collaboration with BioVision Technologies, LLC and Surgical Science. Please find description of the abstract below as well as the time and location.
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Denver Convention Center; Room: 108
Laparoscopic procedures offer several advantages over laparotomies. Laparoscopy is less invasive (thus decreasing the need for variables like analgesics or antibiotics), and results in earlier return to oral intake and normal physiological status. Laparoscopy is a powerful diagnostic tool for examining the abdominal cavity and for the collection of intrabdominal biopsies to detect inflammatory, neoplastic, and many other pathologic and non-pathologic changes. Furthermore, laparoscopy is commonly used for the treatment of gastrointestinal and reproductive diseases as well as for assisted reproductive technology procedures such as oocyte collection and artificial insemination. Laparoscopic procedures are commonly used in biomedical research to investigate the processes of inflammation, neoplastic transformation, and to test novel treatments and develop novel cancer models. This surgical modality allows examination of the abdominal cavity and performance of artificial reproductive procedures and serial biopsy collections without sacrificing the animal, while allowing the same animal to serve as its own control. This workshop is designed for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and research staff as a basic introduction to large animal and rodent laparoscopy. This workshop will include a review of basic laparoscopic principles, techniques, complications, anesthetic considerations, and proper selection of laparoscopic instruments and equipment. Participants will have the opportunity to handle large animal and rodent appropriate laparoscopic instruments and equipment while working with inanimate box trainers. By the end of this workshop, participants should have a basic understanding of laparoscopy and equipment as well as when laparoscopy could be used in biomedical research. This workshop will consist of 2.5 didactic hours followed by 45 minutes introductory dry lab to introduce the trainee to basic laparoscopic techniques. Further training beyond this course is recommended before performing laparoscopic procedures in live subjects.