Sponsors of our workshops during Delaware Valley Branch (DVB) AALAS Laboratory Animal Science and Technology Seminar
Posted by: admin | March 25, 2009 | 0 Comments
We are finalizing our preparation for the Laboratory Animal Science and Technology Seminar (LASTS) for next week, March 28th. We have the honor of running two workshops; Rat Cannulaition and Rodent Laparoscopy workshops. Both of these workshops require a lot of equipment and surgical instrumentation and we would not be able to run these without significant support from our following partners:
BioVision Technologies is providing all the laparoscopic equipment and instruments for the workshop entitled
Rodent Laparoscopic Basics
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 becoming commonly 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.
This training is designed for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and research staff without experience in rodent laparoscopy. This workshop 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 workshop, 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 workshop participants should be better able to plan and perform research experiments with their own rodent models using this viable surgical technique.
Alzet Osmotic Pumps, I. Miller Precision Optical Instruments and Roboz is providing equipment and instruments required for the workshop entitled
Vascular cannulation of rodents is a procedure widely used in various areas of biomedical research, especially toxicology, to allow repeated or constant intravenous administration of compounds and/or collection of blood samples. It is also useful for the measurements of blood pressure. This workshop is designed for beginners and is intended as an introduction to rodent cannulation. It will include a review of gross anatomy, cannulation materials and basic cannulation principles and techniques. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to perform jugular cannulation, including the proper selection, usage and handling of applicable surgical instruments and equipment. By the end of this workshop participants should be better able to plan and perform research experiments with their own rodent models using these techniques. This workshop will be composed of two phases. Phase one will include students developing their technical skills by performing exercises using an operating microscope with microsurgical instruments, and the second phase will involve applying these skills to perform jugular cannulation.
Alzet Osmotic Pumps is providing cannulation sets including osmotic pumps and catheters.
I. Miller Precision Optical Instruments is providing stereomicroscopes.
Roboz is providing sets of microsurgical instruments.
Please join us thanking these sponsors since we really could not be able to perform these workshops without their support.