Veterinary Applied Laparoscopic Training (VALT) Laboratory

Veterinary Applied Laparoscopic Training (VALT) Laboratory (l-r) A box trainer uses real instruments to teach hand-eye coordination and practice routine procedures such as suturing. The virtual reality, or VR, trainer uses a large screen and gives instant feedback.The canine abdomen models allow surgeons to the feel the confinement and shape of the abdominal cavity.

Established in 2008, the VALT laboratory’s mission is to develop, validate, and implement veterinary laparoscopic training programs. The aim is to bring the basic laparoscopic skills training out of the operating room, where different techniques can be practiced and explored. Research studies have shown that additional training in the VALT lab improves skill level. The long-term goal is to create safer surgeons, for the benefit of animal patients.

Unlike traditional surgical techniques, laparoscopic surgery can be performed using very small incisions. Surgeons look at magnified images on television screens while using long instruments to perform the surgery or diagnostic procedures.  Because laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, there are fewer risks for the patient and recovery time is much quicker. The VALT laboratory currently offers skills training to WSU residents and veterinarians, and plans to offer elective courses to DVM students in the near future.  As the lab grows, the hope is to expand training to veterinary surgeons from other universities.

Make a Gift to WSU's VALT Laboratory

VALT Laboratory

Thank you for supporting the Veterinary Applied Laparoscopic Training (VALT) Lab at Washington State University by making a donation to the College of Veterinary Medicine.



Dr. Boel Fransson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS Assistant Professor Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Claude A Ragle, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ABVP (equine) Associate Professor Equine Surgery

Valt Lab

To make a gift by mail:  Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:
Lynne Haley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

For questions about giving, contact Lynne Haley, Director of Development, at (509) 335-5021 or