Improve International has announced a two-day Masterclass in Feline Endoscopy with Dr Elise Robertson BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline) DipABVP (Feline) FHEA FRSB MRCVS ABVS at its wet-lab practical training facility in Sheffield.

Limited to 12 delegates, the masterclass will cover flexible and rigid endoscopy and offer delegates the opportunity to practice techniques under the guidance of Dr Robertson.

The learning objectives include:

  • The ‘driving skills’ needed for flexible endoscopy, in vivo, to limit the risk of iatrogenic damage to the patient and equipment

  • Techniques for obtaining endoscopic biopsies and endoscopic foreign body removal

  • Proficiency in J-manoeuvre, pyloric and ileocolic sphincter intubation in the cat

  • Approaches to respiratory endoscopy

  • The assembly of the endoscopy chain (both flexible and rigid endoscopy)

  • The performance of infraorbital nerve blocks.

Improve's Veterinary Operations Manager, Juliet Pope BVSc Cert SAS MRCVS, said: "Virtually every feline medicine case has the potential to be an endoscopy case and, without it, colleagues can hit a ‘diagnostic roadblock’ in which they find themselves simply repeating diagnostic tests; resorting to polypharmacy in an attempt to ‘treat the treatable’ or referring the patient.

"An understanding of endoscopy and the confidence to perform it can help to overcome this roadblock and reach a diagnosis and definitive treatment plan quickly. This is good for practice performance and it’s also good for patients as it ensures a quicker recovery, with reduced pain and fewer complications."

For more information, visit:, or contact Improve International on 01793 759159.

Whilst you're here, take a moment to see our latest job opportunities for vets.