All our latest news and events for 2017!




Conferences 2017!
Bain Fallon Memoroal Lectures
Melbourne July 9th - 13th 
Stand 2 & 3
Promotional video - click here 

New Product Range - Andersen Products
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Austvet Endoscopy is proud to announce it has teamed up with Andersen Products to exclusively distribute
their EtO Sterilisation Products and Consumables to the Australian veterinary industry.

Trusted:- Andersen Products has been providing the life science industries with Ethylene Oxide sterilisation

solutions since 1956. Ethylene Oxide has been in use as a biocide for more than a century.


We are very excited moving forward and can see a good fit with our Endoscopic equipment and the way to

the future in the vet market.  These sterilisers have an excellent reputation and we aim to support them with

confident back up and service as we do with our Endoscopic products.




Strangles in Horses 


International speaker at the recent Bain Fallon Conference, Dr Andrew Walker, presented a paper on Strangles,

the carrier state and the importance of guttural pouch endoscopy for the eradication of S. Equi infection titled:


"New perspectives for the diagnosis, control, treatment and prevention of Strangles in horses".

Click on the below link to view:




Sea Turtle Research on Heron Island


Austvet Endoscopy were proud to assist Dr Anthony Rafferty from Monash University Victoria, by loaning

Endoscopy equipment for Sea Turtle research on Heron Island recently. Dr Rafferty's research has just been

published and garnered a substantial amount of media coverage. The publsihed paper is titled:


"Limited Oxygen Availability In Utero May Constrain the Evolution of Live Birth in Reptiles" - click here to view


Check out too these amazing photos and images from the research conducted:


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Laparoscopic Spey Video


Laparoscopic Small Animal Speys are becoming increasingly more popular than the traditional surgical procedure

as a means of reducing trauma to the patient and offering quicker recovery times. Check out this great video

courtesy of Covidien Animal Health:




Minimally Invasive Abdominal Equine Laparoscopic Surgery: Surgical Techniques Easier on Horses
Through small incisions, a laparoscope is inserted into the body of the horse to view the inside of the
abdominal cavity. The laparoscope is attached to an Endoscopic Video Camera for viewing on a video
monitor. Specialised long handled Surgical Laparoscopic instruments pass through separate cannula or
ports that can then be used for dissecting, cutting, suturing and cauterizing. During procedures, the
abdomen is kept disintended of filled with carbon dioxide gas using a High Flow Laparoscopic CO2 Insufflator.
This increases the visual access to many of the abdominal organs and allows the surgeon room to work.
Indications for Equine Laparoscopy include:
  • Visual examination
  • Uteroplexy                                                                                                                                                  
  • Ovariectomy
  • Ovarian tumor removal
  • Clearing blocked oviducts
  • Castration
  • Cryptorchidectomy
  • Abdominal or Thoracic exploration
  • Biopsies
  • Adhesiolysis
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Incisional hernia repair
  • Nephrectomy
  • Colopexy
  • Nephrosplenic space ablation
  • Acute & Chronic colic
  • Closure of Mesenteric defects
  • Ruptured bladder repair
  • Removal of bladder stones
The major benefits of minimally invasive surgery include smaller incisions, tension-free dissections,
better visualisation especially in areas that cannot be seen with traditional surgical approaches, less
postoperative pain and inflammation, reduced discomfort associated with incisional healing and therefore
decreased need for postoperative medications, decreased hospitalisation and rehabilitation time, a
more rapid return to function and an excellent cosmetic outcome.
Many Laparoscopic procedures can be performed on the standing horse with the use of sedation and
local anaesthesia, thus the inherent potential complications of anaesthesia and recovery from anaesthesia
are also avoided.
Equine Laparoscopy does require specialised endoscopic equipment and surgical skills. For further information,
questions can be directed to Dr Angus Adkins from Scone Equine Hospital on +61 2 6545 1333. Dr Adkins has
currently done over 40 Equine Laparoscopic surgeries.

Top Tip for Avoiding Oesophageal Strictures
Courtesy of Southern Animal Emergency Centre, Vic
Oesophageal strictures are uncommon but serious disorder in dogs and cats which can be challenging to
manage. Fortunately there are simple strategies which can minimise the possibility of a stricture.
An oesophageal stricture is one of the differentials for regurgitation and gagging. Diagnosis is made using
both plain and contrast radiography, with endoscopy being the diagnostic tool of choice for evaluating severity.
Simple medical treatment can minimise the possibility of a stricture forming, and with some forethought there
may be no need to reach for the x-ray machine or endoscope. Prevention of strictures should be directed
towards reflex in vomiting andanaesthetised animals.
Omeprazole and H2 receptor blockers reduce gastric acidity while carafate provides a barrier to gastric acid.
Metoclopromide increases lower oesophageal sphincter tone. Consider administering oral omeprazole
4 hours prior to induction of GA.
Balloon dilation of the stricture is the preferred method of treatment, but recurrence is common.
Oesophageal perforation is a life-threatening complication.

Olympus & GENCA Endoscope Workshops 2016
Olympus Australia and the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia Inc (GENCA)  hold separate
workshops around Australia which focus on the essential topic of endoscope cleaning and reprocessing. 
The workshops are suitable both for staff new to endoscopes and personnel involved in the cleaning
and reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and accessories.
The workshops are comprehensive and include the latest cleaning techniques and standards - they are a
must for any clinic using endoscopes to ensure staff, patients and scopes are protected. The program
  • Cleaning Endoscopes and Accessories
  • Infection Control
  • OH&S Issues in relation to liquid and chemical sterilants
  • Water Filtration
  • Internal and External Scope Components
  • Troubleshooting
The workshops run all day and the fee covers handbook, lunch and refreshments. A Certificate of Attendance
will also be issued upon completion of the workshop.
For further details regarding the GENCA workshops, please contact Anne Wilson - Executive Officer, at
GENCA on 1300 788 155 or email
For all Olympus workshops, go to: and click on Events & Training.
Be sure to book early to secure your seat.



Foreign Body Removal from a Mare
Dr Ben Poole from Cooroora Veterinary Clinic in Cooroy QLD was presented recently with a mare that had a bunya pine branchlet caught in its bronchial tube. Austvet Endoscopy supplied a snare/wire loop which was passed through the endoscope to loop and retrieve the branchlet (after a bit of tugging as it was firmly lodged) and the procedure was a huge success. Dr Poole has kindly sent us a photo and judging by the size of the branchlet,  the mare would have no doubt been very happy to have it removed!
Austvet Endoscopy's range of foreign body retrieval devices includes not only snare/wire loops but also tripod retrieval devices, basket retrieval devices, the Roth Net retriever and a rigid oesophageal removal forcep. You can view these instruments
on our website under "New Products" or contact us for further information.


Introduction to Flexible Endoscopy CD-ROM

Improve your knowledge and handling of flexible endoscopy procedures. Authored by an international expert,
this CD-ROM is a professional development tool that provides solid grounding in the principles and techniques
of flexible endoscopy. The program, which is designed to be used with your computer,  is easy to use and you
will be given instructions and feedback as you proceed through the course.
Content Includes:
  • Required instrumentation
  • How to care for, clean and store endoscopic instruments
  • Equipment set - up
  • How to correctly hold a flexible endoscope
  • Post - endoscopic procedures
  • How to incorporate flexible endoscopy into a veterinary practice
System Requirements:
  • WindowsTM 95/98
  • Pentium class processor (min 90MHz)
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 8X CD-ROM drive (min)
  • 16 bit sound card and speakers
  • Monitor resolution of 640 x 480 with 16 bit/24 bit colour
Author: Dr Todd Tams    Price: $181.00 AUD (ex GST)   Published: 2000   ISBN: 189698522X
Available through the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, University of Sydney