Regulatory surgery training 2010/63/UE Directive

A course to prepare students for rodent surgeries according to the 2010/63/UE Directive validated by the French Ministry.

From February 22-24 2021, the PhD students and young researchers of the Bordeaux Neurocampus were invited to follow a training which prepares them for rodent surgeries according to the 2010/63/UE Directive validated by the French Ministry (reference: I-69VETSALIUS-CHIR-14). The training was provided by Vetsaliusunder the supervision of Dr. Delphine BOUARD. As indicated on their website, ‘Dr Delphine Bouard, veterinarian and specialist in laboratory animal science and medicine, is Vetsalius’s principal surgeon. Dr Bouard has more than 15 years of experience in experimental surgery (interventions on small and large animals) and has performed between 500 and 2000 surgeries per year for more than 10 years’.

The in total 24h course included training on the following topics:

1.     Introduction to Experimental Models of Surgery

2.     Surgical Unit Organization

3.     Anesthesia and Analgesia for Surgery

4.     Appropriate Use and Maintenance of Surgical Tools

5.     Use of Magnification Devices

6.     Aseptic Surgery

7.     General Surgical Techniques: Thoracic and Abdominal Cavity Approach

8.     Hemostasis

9.     Suture

10.   Monitoring

11.   Perioperative Care

12.   Many hands-on ex vivo sessions are included, such as: suture on training pads, aseptic workshop and anesthesia challenge.

Overall, the course was very well appreciated (68% of 5/5 score against 32% of 4/5 score). The course was received as well organized, interactive and adapted to the types of surgery done in the institute. The fact that the course was given physically and not online was much appreciated. Participants agreed that every PhD student who needs this training should have an opportunity to do it on their first year, and as early as possible. The suggestion was made to next time include one actual surgical practice session (going through a simple stereotaxic procedure for example). This would have enabled to illustrate all the theoretical courses (anaesthesia, analgesia, asepsis, post-surgery cares, etc) with direct interest for (all) most of the participants.

Some statistics on the course participants and their appreciation of the course:



Updated on 22/04/2021