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Minimally-Invasive Scoping

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The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to offer several innovative minimally-invasive scoping courses designed to meet the varied needs of small animal veterinarians and specialists desiring in-depth training in small animal internal medicine endoscopy.

Online only course (20 CE hours)

This course provides in-depth online training in flexible and rigid scope anatomy, handling and cleaning; laser physics, handling and safety; intracorporeal laser lithotripsy; cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, laparoscopy and associated advanced procedures. Information covered includes equipment required, case selection and anesthetic considerations, procedural techniques, tips and tricks, and complications. 

Enrollment for the online course is rolling, with no set deadline for course completion. Online training is administered in short (mostly 15-30 minute) modules that may be replayed individually for integration into the typical clinician’s busy lifestyle. Comprehensive notes complement online materials and facilitate easy review on the clinic floor. Short questions at the end of each segment highlight important points, with additional reinforcement provided through a larger assessment at the end of each module. 

Integrated courses (56-64 CE hours)

Two integrated courses are available for individuals desiring hands-on training. Both include the comprehensive online training described above, which occurs during a set timeframe leading up to the course and must be completed prior to the onsite laboratories. Onsite laboratories focus on maximizing ‘scope time’, with lecture limited to group debriefing sessions. A mixture of dry, cadaveric and live animal laboratories are used to facilitate mastery of presented material, with the expectation that participants will be ready to ‘Scope On!’ upon course completion.

The summer offering includes 4 days (approximately 36 hours) of onsite training, during which participants cultivate proficiency in flexible and rigid scope and instrument handling and cleaning; laser physics, handling and safety; laser lithotripsy; cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, and associated advanced procedures. The spring offering includes 1 additional day of laboratory, devoted to laparoscopy, resulting in a total of 5 days (approximately 44 hours) of onsite training.