International Veterinary Information Service - IVIS
International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction

Laparoscopic neutering and beyond

Jan. 15-Mar. 19, 2020

Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Herts, United Kingdom AL9 7TA

Wednesday 15th January 2020 - Royal Free Medical Simulation Centre, London

Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th March 2020 - RVC, Hertfordshire

(plus a commitment to attend the Royal Free Medical Simulation Centre in between)

Are you interested in adding laparoscopy to the services you can offer your patients?

In cats and dogs laparoscopy can be used to perform ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy, but also cryptorchidectomy, exploratory laparotomy, gastrointestinal biopsies, liver biopsies, bile aspirates, prophylactic gastropexy and much more. Laparoscopy has the potential to improve patient outcomes compared to conventional open surgery.

Smaller surgical wounds result in faster return to normal activities Decreased pain results in faster recovery from anaesthesia Magnification, direct illumination plus improved access to diseased organs makes technical surgeries easier to perform Use of state-of-the-art technologies decrease risk of bleeding and other surgical complications, making surgery safer

Thus laparoscopy has many benefits but it requires considerable training to be able to perform it safely and effectively. The unique psychomotor skill set required to perform laparoscopic surgery cannot be transferred from open surgery. These skills include adaptation to a 2-D monitor display, depth perception, spatial awareness, video-eyehand co-ordination, instrument manipulation about a single pivot point and adaptation to a reduced field of view.

To achieve competency, the surgeon ideally needs to practise psychomotor skills in a controlled environment, outside the operating room, as this affords the opportunity for rapid and sustained skill acquisition in a safe, ethical and friendly environment. Such training will maximise your chances of success and reduce risk to your patients as you start out on your minimally invasive surgery journey. This is therefore a 3-stage course. The first stage is a one-day onsite course at the Royal Free Hospital, where we will deliver the theory behind laparoscopic surgery in veterinary medicine, demonstrate the kit required for laparoscopic surgery and introduce you to the Royal Free Medical Simulation Centre to set up a laparoscopic skills training plan on state-of-the-art, virtual reality, high fidelity, laparoscopic simulators.

The second stage will be implemented by a low-dose, high-frequency (distributed practice) training programme at the Royal Free Medical Simulation Centre. This involves 16 to 25 short, self-directed, training sessions, plus 3 to 4 one-on-one formative assessments and a final summative evaluation. The simulation centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, so for the committed, budding minimally invasive surgeon, this should be possible over an 8 week period.

The third stage is a two-day onsite course at the RVC and will allow you to review your laparoscopic skills and allow you to perform laparoscopic procedures using cadavers. Stage two is fundamental to this course, so please consider your access to the Royal Free Hospital and commitment to laparoscopic surgery before signing up. All prospective applicants should contact Karla Lee ( and provide a CV plus two references before booking.


Continuing Education Credits 
42 hours

Canine, Feline



Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

Royal Veterinary College - CPD Department

Contact  Address 
Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA, UK.

+44 (0)1707 666865