Vogt C, Gervasoni D, Grezel D, Morales A. Surgical training applied to experimentation: a course without the use of live animals [abstract]. ALTEX. 2011;28(Special Issue):218. Abstract 701.


The main objectives of surgical training are to learn how to consider the patient as a whole and to acquire perfect technical skills. Often neglected, the latter allows a decrease of the impact of surgical trauma, decreased morbidity and even mortality. Insisting on the importance of a thorough evaluation of the patient, from the physiological point of view, as well as in terms of discomfort and pain, this set of courses aims to increase the technical competence of novice or confirmed trainees.

The program focuses on:
- Mastering the surgical context from the preparation of the equipment and tools to aseptic techniques.
- Numerous practical training with alternative supports
- Interactive discussion and analysis of selected surgical procedures and procedures proposed by trainees.

The twenty-two hours of training include 90% practical and tutored courses with a maximum of 20 attendees per session. Teaching is ensured by veterinarian surgeons (DVM), lecturers or research scientists (Ecole de Chirurgie de Lyon). Teaching material, documents and state of the art alternative supports (patent pending) are specially developed. This formation has been approved by the Swiss "Association des Veterinaires Cantonaux" and has been submitted to the French "Commission Nationale de l'Experimentation Animale". This poster was awarded the first prize by the "Association Francaise des Sciences et Techniques de l'Animal de Laboratoire" (AFSTAL) during the 2011 meeting in Marne La Vallee - France.

Author's contacts: Catherine.vogt@univ-lyon1.fr

Link to journal: ALTEX - Alternatives to Animal Experimentation