Introduction to Small Animal Laparoscopy - Veterinarians

March 27 - 28, 2023

Register by 12/27/2022 to receive $200 off $1,995!

Course Description

Minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) is the standard of care for many human procedures and is increasingly the expectation of many of our more discerning pet-owning clients in progressive veterinary practices.  Now is the time for you to reach for new professional horizons and discover the many advantages of laparoscopic organ biopsy, diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures. Your new skills will distinguish you and your practice within your community!  

This course is designed for the inquisitive and motivated veterinarian with little or no experience with laparoscopy. On Day 1, you will receive instruction on instrumentation and basic techniques before beginning your hands-on training on endoscopic trainers within the CSU Translational Medicine Institute’s endoscopy training center.  On Day 2, you will perform laparoscopy on canine cadavers. Laparoscopic techniques include tissue biopsy (liver, pancreas, kidney), cholecystocentesis, ovariectomy, cryptorchidectomy and basic laparoscopic-assisted techniques including intestinal biopsy, jejunostomy tube placement, gastropexy, and cystoscopy for bladder stone removal. 

Following this course, you’ll be motivated and prepared to perform basic laparoscopic procedures in your practice. Additionally, you’ll be able to register for the laparoscopic ovariectomy course and the laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy course 

Open to technicians to attend with a veterinarian from their practice.

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Dr. Eric Monnet

Dr. Sarah Marvel

Race Approved CE

13.0 Hours



Eric Monnet

Dr. Eric Monnet


Dr. Eric Monnet graduated from veterinary school in Maisons Alfort, France in 1985.  He worked for four years in a Paris private practice performing small animal medicine and surgery.  In 1994, Dr. Monnet completed a small animal surgery residency at Colorado State University and concurrently finished a Master of Sciences degree.  In 1997, Dr. Monnet received his PhD in Clinical Sciences studying cardiac efficiency in dogs. In 2003, he became a fellow of the American Heart Association.  In 2017, he became a founding fellow the ACVS MIS Small Animal fellowship.

Dr. Monnet is currently a professor in small animal surgery (General Surgery at Colorado State University.  He has authored more than 100 articles and 25 chapters in various surgical textbooks.  Dr. Monnet was the founding president in 2001-2003 of the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery and in 2002-2004 of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society.  He is the editor of the textbook: “Disease Mechanisms in Small Animal Surgery” (3rd edition).  He is also the editor of the textbook “Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery” (1st edition), the textbook “Small Animal Thoracic Surgery” (2nd edition), and the textbook “Gastrointestinal Surgical Techniques” (1st edition).

Sarah Marvel

Dr. Sarah Marvel

MS, DVM, DACVS-SA, ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology ACVS Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery (Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery), Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Marvel received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and then went on to obtain her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 2009.  She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University.  She stayed at Colorado State University and completed a residency in small animal surgery in 2013.  Following her surgical residency she completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.  She achieved board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS-SA) in 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the General Surgery department at Colorado State University.

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Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course. If a course is canceled for any reason, we are not responsible for any charges related to travel.
Refunds are available for cancellations made 60 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future course.