Panel Discussion – You can biopsy THAT?! Laparoscopy in Practice

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Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – You can biopsy THAT?! Laparoscopy in Practice (Recorded 8 April 2021)


Panelists:Jacqui WhittemoreDVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) – Crown Veterinary Specialists,
Eva Eberspächer-Schweda  DVM, Fachtierärztin, DACVAA – VetmedUni Vienna, Austria
Elise Robertson  BS, BVetMed, MANZCVSc(Feline), DABVP(Feline), FHEA, FRSB, FRCVS –
Feline Vet Referrals, UK
Moderator:Tim McCarthyDVM, PhD, DACVS – VetMIST, USA


Laparoscopy provides minimally invasive access to the abdominal cavity and the ability to visually inspect organs. As a result, laparoscopy is rapidly becoming a mainstay diagnostic and therapeutic technique in medicine and surgery. The multidisciplinary panel of internationally renowned specialists consisting of an internist, anaesthesiologist and a feline practitioner will be discussing the principles of performing a safe laparoscopy followed by techniques for collecting biopsies from the liver, pancreas, the kidney and the gastrointestinal tract. Indications for performing laparoscopic biopsies will be discussed and advantages and disadvantages of the technique debated. Special consideration will be given to cats relating to the size of the patient, the equipment and the insufflation pressure used during the procedure. The exchanges between the panelists will be moderated by a surgeon who is world-renowned in the field of minimally invasive surgical techniques.


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    Jacqui Whittemore
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

    United States

    American Specialist in Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Whittemore graduated from the University of California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  After two years in small animal general practice, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University.  Her dissertation focused on evaluation of laboratory markers of systemic disease in dogs and cats.  She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2007 and enjoys balancing the demands of individual case management, teaching, and clinical research. Dr. Whittemore is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also serves as the Minimally-Invasive Procedures service chief and the Acree Research Chair of Medicine.

    Dr. Whittemore’s major research focus is on identification and amelioration of adverse effects of exogenous therapies on the gastrointestinal tract. Current work in this area is focused on adverse effects of antiplatelet, immunosuppressive and antibiotic therapies on the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas of dogs and cats. Secondary active areas of research include development and validation of veterinary simulators to minimize live animal use for veterinary training, for which she holds a patent, and development and validation of minimally-invasive interventional techniques to decrease patient morbidity and improve patient outcome.

    Dr. Whittemore spends her free time building houses as a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, backpacking in the Smokies, and swing dancing.

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    Eva Eberspächer-Schweda
    DVM, Fachtierärztin, Dipl.ACVAA


    American Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
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    1993-1999 School of Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany

    1999-2001 Doctorial Thesis in Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany

    2000-2004 Research coordinator and Head of the Laboratory of the Experimental Cerebral Ischemia and Trauma Research section Klinik für Anaesthesiologie, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität Munich, Germany

    2004-2007 Residency in Anesthesia / Critical Patient Care at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), Dept. of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, University of California at Davis, USA Since

    2007 Univ.-Assistentin in the Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Care, Department for Small Animals and Horses, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

    2008-2011 Founding and daily management of the Perioperative Intensive Care Unit, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

    Oct 2010 Habilitation in Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Intensive Care

    2013-2015 Coordinator of the Small Animal Rotating Internship Program of the VetmedUni Vienna, Austria

    Nov 2014 Senior Teacher of the Year

    2014 Award VetmedUni Vienna, Austria

    Since 2015 Coordinator of the Small Animal Anesthesia section

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    Elise Robertson
    BS, BVetMed, MANZCVSc(Feline), Dipl.ABVP(Feline), FHEA, FRSB, FRCVS

    United Kingdom, United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Practice (Feline)
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    Elise graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a BSc in Biological Sciences/Anatomy & Neurophysiology. She then relocated to the UK in 1998 to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK! She was awarded Membership Australian and New Zealand College Veterinary Scientists Feline Chapter (ANZCVSc) in 2008 and later Diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). She’s head European mentor for the International Society Feline Medicine (ISFM)/University of Sydney Distance Education programme in Feline Medicine, Examiner for ANZCVSc Feline Chapter, Co-Lecturer for ESAVS Endoscopy/Endosurgery Courses and Co-Lecturer at Colorado State University Endoscopy/Endosurgery Courses .

    She currently operates a visiting feline medicine referral (Feline Vet Referrals, and endoscopy consultancy service (Endoscopy Vet Referrals, for veterinary practices in SE England. She also heads the Feline Medicine and Endoscopy Referral Service at VRCC Referrals. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy & endosurgery (‘keyhole surgery’), receiving her formal training from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France, and the UK.

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    Tim McCarthy
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Small Animal Veterinary Surgery
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    Dr McCarthy received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1969, became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1978, and earned a PhD in surgery from Colorado State University in 1981. He currently practices at VetMIST in Beaverton, Oregon. Dr McCarthy performed his first endoscopy in 1982 and since that time has performed over 5000 endoscopic procedures, and has developed many endoscopic techniques that are becoming commonplace in small animal practice today. Dr McCarthy has published numerous articles on small animal endoscopy, has lectured nationally and internationally, and published a major textbook on small animal endoscopy.

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