30/09/2019 - 04/10/2019 | Cluj, Romania

waiting list open

Program Director / Principal Course Master:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Gilles Dupré Dipl.ECVS (AT)

Course Master:

Dr. Bart Van Gœthem Dipl.ECVS (AT)


Dr. Attilio Rocchi, Dipl.ECVA (AT)


The ESAVS Soft Tissue Surgery – Laparoscopy course is dedicated to practitioners, specialists and faculty members wishing to start with laparoscopic surgery. A strong focus will be made on practical exercises with dry labs on models and ex-vivo organs and wet labs on dogs’ cadavers and anesthetized pigs.

During this course, beside the theoretical training, many hours will be dedicated to hands-on. You will train on models (Mistels), on anatomic pieces (livers) and on dog cadavers. Your final training will happen on anesthetized pigs. In addition, under the supervision of your course masters and in cooperation with the veterinary faculty, you might have the possibility to participate to real surgeries on real patients being addressed for elective surgeries as ovariectomy or ovario-hysterectomy.
All procedures on anesthetized animal will respect the most advanced animal welfare guidelines. The dogs will be brought back to where they belong (shelters or owners).

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, participants 1) Shall have a profound knowledge on the pros and cons of mini-invasive surgery and the most common indications 2) Shall be able to plan and organize a mini-invasive setting in their clinic 3) shall be able to perform at least most common elective surgeries.

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)

Monday, 30 September 2019 – Basis of mini-invasive surgery
• History
• Organization
• Instrumentation
• Hemostasis
• How to enter the abdomen
• Abdominal exploration
• Hand skills training

Welcome Drink

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - Dry labs and ex-vivo training
• Practical session / Dry lab
Organizing the tower
Instruments and camera handling and practice on board
Mistels training and validation
• Practical session / Ex vivo
Use of energy devices
Practice on ex vivo pieces (liver etc)
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - Indications and techniques in laparoscopic surgery
• From multi-ports to single ports
• Laparoscopic spay and OHE
• Cryptorchidectomy
• Laparoscopic assisted procedures: Gastropexy, cystotomy
Thursday, 3 October 2019 - Training on dogs cadavers
• Pneumoperitoneum and portal placement
• Exploration
• Ovariectomy
• Ovariohysterectomy
• Cholecystectomy
• …/…
• Anesthesia in laparoscopic surgery

Social dinner

Friday, 4 October 2019 - Training on anesthetized pigs
• Full day training session


Total hours: 40

ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA

ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5


Registration and fees

Tuition fee: Euro 3.500.-


Early registration: Euro 3.400.-

(deadline for early registration payment: 30th March 2019)

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