Why This CE is Unique


In other CE courses, you often only have one patient...this limits your ability to gain experience. In addition, you may perform procedures that you won’t see very frequently in your practice—for example, removing an adrenal gland or performing a lobectomy on a lung—when what you really want is to learn practical *everyday* procedures. Finally—and worst of all—in courses like that, the procedures often aren’t survivable.

The Center for the Advancement of Rigid Endoscopy ONLY performs medically necessary and beneficial procedures according to each animal's needs.  All procedures are survival, with the animals adopted out. This creates a win-win situation:

  • Animals receiving medical care that's less painful and with a faster recovery
  • Adoption/rescue organizations receiving medical services for their animals without impacting their budgets
  • Veterinarians learning to perform more humane procedures that improve their standard of care

CLICK HERE to view letters of appreciation from rescue and veterinary professional organizations that have benefited from the procedures performed in previous continuing education courses.

In THIS course, we focus on the most common procedures—typically spays and prophylactic gastropexy—and you perform them on MULTIPLE patients so you can become confident and ultimately gain proficiency.



In other CE courses, the student-to-instructor ratio is often so high, you spend a lot of your time waiting for your turn. Even scarier is when there are so few instructors that you are left to muddle through important portions essentially on your own.

In THIS course, we believe that when you take time away from your practice to learn new skills, your CE course should maximize the time you get to spend learning. That is why we set a maximum of 4 participants, who work in pairs across 2 stations with at least 2 instructors at all times. Your instructor is never more than a few steps away. In addition, having multiple instructors allows for multiple perspectives and a more complete educational experience.


In the didactic portion of the course, you'll learn:

  • Better medicine -- benefits to the patient
  • Everyday procedures -- the varied applications of rigid endoscopy/laparoscopy for minimally-invasive surgery and diagnostics
  • Better practice -- incorporating rigid endoscopy into practice
    • Marketing your new capabilities
    • Educating clients on the benefits
    • Helping your staff become champions for the modality
    • Best practices
    • Fast-track for profitability

In the hands-on portion of the course, you'll:

  • Participate in at least two laparoscopic ovariectomies/ovariohysterectomies
  • Participate in a laparoscopic-assisted prophylactic gastropexy

Surgeries are performed on LIVE rescue dogs, which are then returned for adoption.

agenda for rigid endoscopy veterinary continuing education course


Ray Cox, DVM

Dr. Raymond Cox (CSU 1979) co-authored a pain study publication on laparoscopic spays. He is a co-developer of two-port and single-port laparoscopy for veterinary medicine. Dr. Cox has instructed hundreds of private and university veterinarians worldwide and has performed or participated in thousands of laparoscopic procedures. Dr. Cox is director of surgical standards for CAPNA, a group of veterinarians and practice owners committed to excellence in the field of veterinary medicine and practice management.

Markee Kuschel, DVM

Dr. Markee Kuschel (CSU 1990) is hospital director as well as a partner at Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She is a co-developer of two-port and single-port laparoscopy for veterinary medicine. She has traveled worldwide (Asia, Europe, Canada), training veterinarians in both private practices and universities to perform these surgeries. Dr. Kuschel has performed and instructed thousands of laparoscopic procedures.

CLICK FOR VIDEO: Ray Cox, DVM, on why this CE course is unique.
Markee Kuschel, DVM Instructor


Minimally-invasive surgery and diagnostics sets your practice apart from competitors and improves your practice/hospital's standard of care. Registration is now open for our 2024 sessions. It's a CE course unlike anything you've ever experienced!