The Center for the Advancement of Rigid Endoscopy and its instructors have taught continuing education courses focused on minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic procedures for more than 15 years. Following are excerpts of letters received from rescue and veterinary professional organizations that have benefited from these courses.

Yes...these letters are from 2007. We included them here because we are STILL working with all of these groups, more than a decade later. We are proud of our longstanding relationships and remain committed to providing value to these important partners.

Dumb Friends League

"As the animal sheltering industry has grown more complex, shelters have been able to use new technologies to cope with the myriad of issues we all face while at the same time keeping the highest standards of care for our animal friends. As a community, it is imperative for us to keep each other informed of new technological advances and their benefits. One of these developments is the laparoscopic spay procedure. This proven procedure offers benefits to both owners and pets while keeping the safety of the patient as the utmost priority. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure reduces possible complications and the smaller incisions cause less discomfort, as well as reduce recovery time for the animal. We have appreciated the partnership with Dr. Cox, by allowing them to teach the procedure we have a few more dogs spayed and can dedicate those resources elsewhere. We are fully aware that this is not, and will not become a replacement for high volume spays, but it will allow the mastery of this technique to benefit animals along with other procedures. This will help spread the knowledge and use of this procedure and will result in a reduction of the unwanted animal population while at the same time keeping our companion animals healthy and happy." -- Theresa Geary, Vice President of Operations (2007)


Doberman Rescue of Colorado

"We have had a relationship with Dr. Cox for several years and in that time he has performed a couple of dozen laparoscopic procedures on our rescue Dobes. The procedures done include spays, gastropexies, and obstruction removals. In our experience, recovery time is improved and occurrences of post-op infections and/or complications are decreased in all cases. In no manner should lap procedures be considered experimental. The techniques are highly refined and polished. Veterinary lap procedures benefit from decades of learning via human medicine. Our group continues to work with Dr. Cox in the area of lap procedures and does so with utter and complete confidence in their efficacy and safety." -- Chuck Vaile, President (2007)


Table Mountain Animal Center

"We are very pleased to be part of the laparoscopic program. To date, the program has done sterilization for over 30 dogs which has enhanced their ability to find loving homes. This program supports our efforts to adopt animals to the community without exhausting our resources." -- Angela Davis, Center Manager (2007)


North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

"In January 2007, the NAVC Conference [note: the conference is now known as VMX] featured a recovery surgery lab: the first time ever at a major veterinary conference. The NAVC went to great lengths to create and maintain appropriate conditions. In this unique instructional environment, veterinarians learned a minimally invasive technique for performing the most common elective surgeries performed in veterinary medicine -- ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy. Studies indicate that animals undergoing laparoscopic spay experience much less pain than with conventional open surgery, a fact that will appeal to pet owners. All dogs spayed during the lab were subsequently presented for adoption. Based on feedback from the registrants, such live animal procedures, performed on animals that are undergoing preparation for adoption, are an extremely effective way to learn such minimally invasive techniques. The NAVC is proud to introduce the most advanced learning experiences to registrants." -- David F. Senior, BVSc, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA (2007)