VBI Features New Onsite Course – Basic Principles of Rodent Laparoscopy - as Part of its Surgical Technique Refinement Initiative
Posted by: admin | August 27, 2009 | 0 Comments
Today the Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) added a new course to its mobile onsite course repertoire; Basic Principles of Rodent Laparoscopy. This course enhance VBI’s already impressive library of materials and resources currently provided to the Biomedical Community.
The addition of “Basic Principles of Rodent Laparoscopy” underscores VBI’s ongoing commitment to advancing the three R’s (Refinement, Reduction and Replacement), by refining already existing surgical procedures and converting laparotomic procedures into laparoscopic procedures and then sharing this technology with the Biomedical Community. .
Rat and mouse laparoscopy was inspired by the notion that laparoscopic procedures offer several advantages over laparotomies (open abdominal procedures). Laparoscopy results in less pain, faster recovery, earlier return of normal intestinal transit and gastric emptying, and rapid return to regular activities. Laparoscopic procedures are being utilized on rodent models in biomedical research to investigate the processes of inflammation, neoplastic transformation, and to test novel treatments and develop novel cancer models. Newly developed rodent laparoscopy procedures allow for the examination of the rodent abdominal cavity and organs within it, and permit serial biopsy collections without sacrificing the animal.
Laparoscopic procedures have been used in research projects but often procedural descriptions are omitted. VBI believes that knowledge and education about this topic will lead to advancement of the 3R’s and consequently animal welfare.
Basic Principles of Rodent Laparoscopy is designed for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and research staff without experience in rodent laparoscopy. This course is intended as an introduction to rodent laparoscopy and will include a review of basic laparoscopic principles, gross anatomy of the rodent abdominal cavity and commonly performed rodent laparoscopic procedures. During this course, participants will have the opportunity to advance their skills with rodent laparoscopy including the proper selection, usage and handling of rodent appropriate laparoscopic instruments and equipment. By the end of this course participants should be better able to plan for and perform research experiments with their own rodent models using this viable surgical technique.