Veterinarians with little or no endoscopic experience (20 cases) are invited to attend an intensive gastrointestinal endoscopy course, offering both 12 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of hands-on laboratory instruction. The Introductory Gastrointestinal Endoscopy course, sponsored by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and Continuing and Professional Education and Outreach Service of Virginia Tech, is scheduled for May 3-5, 2006, at the Virginia Tech campus.

Endoscopy is the use of medical instruments to visually inspect internal organs—in this case the gastrointestinal (GI) system. The information presented will assist veterinarians in the diagnosis and cure of animals suffering from a GI affliction.

Led by faculty members Dr. Michael Leib, professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, and Dr. Ed Monroe, associate professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, lectures will be given on examination equipment, fiber-optic principles, terminology, and complications of or relating to animal endoscopy.

Laboratory time will be dedicated to case material demonstrating how endoscopy is helpful in diagnosing GI cases. Objectives include, but are not limited to, proper hand positioning, operation of controls, careful scope handling, and appropriate cleaning and disinfection. Two animals and four endoscopic stations will be available at each laboratory period.

Register on-line here two weeks prior to the course. For information, contact Anne Cinsavich at (540) 231-5261.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. Virginia Tech’s Continuing and Professional Education arranges over 450 programs each year serving more then 35,000 individuals around the world.