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Endoscopy: 3 Tips for Improving Endoscopy at Your Practice

Posted by Abby Crimm

Hands-on training + expert instructors = enhanced proficiency and improved endoscopy skills. Learn what's new in endoscopy equipment & technique to better apply it at your practice.

When we think of endoscopy, our minds naturally go to gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, but endoscopy is an effective diagnostic tool for investigating multiple body systems. Are you using this tool to your full advantage?

Here are some thing to think about when evaluating your team's endoscopy offerings:

Tip 1: Get Familiar with Your Equipment

Understanding your equipment's capabilities will greatly enhance your capabilities. The tools are only as useful as whoever is wielding it, after all. 

Many beginner endoscopists are unfamiliar with the various controls and have limited experience with what their equipment can do. This is like using a smartphone for text and calls only–it negates the purpose of having the device.

Endoscopy CE course participants

Learn to know what all the buttons and channels on your scope are and you will greatly improve the endoscopic experience! 

Tip 2: Prepare Well

There is nothing more frustrating than suddenly having to rummage through cupboards or under tables for those biopsy forceps or grasping instruments that you suddenly realize you need during the procedure.

It helps to have an endoscopic team, with veterinary technicians or assistants who are familiar with the endoscopic procedures and know what you will need. This requires training and pre-procedural planning, especially in the beginning when the team is learning. 

Another sort of planning that is just as necessary is helping the client plan for the patient. A stomach full of food or a colon full of feces makes endoscopy frustrating.

Make sure that you are greeted by a clutter-free gastrointestinal tract by ensuring that your patients are adequately prepared. It helps to admit these patients 24-48hours before the procedure to achieve adequate planning.

You also need to plan for and discuss complications such as oesophageal rupture after a foreign body retrieval, and it helps to discuss the possibility of stomach tube placements with the clients. 

Tip 3: Get Hands-on Training

There's no substitute for in-person practice with a procedure. It's the fastest way to learn the most up-to-date techniques, navigate equipment, and simply improve your endoscopy performance. 

endoscopy CE course participant

Because hands-on training matters, we offer multiple flexible & rigid endoscopy wet lab courses that allow veterinarians to come practice in a clinical environment. You become comfortable and confident in performing the procedure, receiving instruction from top experts in veterinary medicine. 

Meet One of Your Instructors, Dr. Todd Tams

Dr. Tams, along with instructors Dr. Steven Marks and Dr. Lynette Cole, is a repeat instructor at the Viticus Center because he knows how valuable hands-on labs are in improving endoscopic outcomes for patients. 

What You'll Get from the Course

This course combines flexible GI endoscopy and rigid endoscopy to create a comprehensive 4-day course comprised of lecture and hands-on lab covering the following areas:

  • Basic Flexible Endoscopy – Introduction to endoscopy including indications, endoscopic instrumentation, techniques for examining the upper and lower GI tract, plus a 7-hour wet lab to provide hands-on experience in both upper and lower endoscopy.
  • Intermediate Flexible Endoscopy – One-day course (lecture, demonstration, & laboratory session) on intermediate endoscopy techniques including canine airway exam, additional experience in gastrointestinal examination, and foreign body retrieval and biopsies. This lab will also include a gastrointestinal examination of cats.
  • Rigid Endoscopy – One-day course (lecture, demonstration & laboratory session) on rigid endoscopy including laparoscopy, rhinoscopy, video-otoscopy, and urethroscopy/cystoscopy.


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