I participated in the December 2023, 5-day Module B, Microsurgical and Experimental Techniques course intending to learn how to perform one of the most difficult surgeries in small rodents. As a total beginner, I had very low expectations for my performance in this training. However, in only 5 days I gained both theoretical and practical knowledge for microsurgeries, knots, anesthesia, and anatomy, which in my mind I expected to take months or even a whole year to obtain. I actually managed to perform the whole surgery! René and Irene are top on what they do and most importantly, they respect the animals and their welfare, which is what they try to teach you throughout the course. They are very helpful, follow you on every step, and give you all the required knowledge to successfully perform your surgery from the detailed protocol to the specific instruments that you are going to need. The environment was very friendly and the whole experience was amazing! Thank you René and Irene for everything!!
I attended a Module B course in 2023. It was a great pleasure to receive first-hand lectures and guidelines from René Remie, the renowned microsurgery expert. I learned more than expected about all my techniques of interest. In addition to the knowledge, I greatly appreciate the generosity of René and Irene in sharing their vast experience, their library, the answer to every question, their scientific opinion, and, of course, the opportunity to be personally trained by both. If possible, I recommend following the five-day course because, although time is never enough, one week is suitable for correcting mistakes, practising, checking the best surgical tools, and discussing the different surgical techniques. Thank you very much for a fruitful week!
I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the outstanding theoretical and practical course you and Irene gave in Bellinzona, where I have seen, practised and learned new procedures and skills, taught with a dedication that has left an indelible impact on my knowledge and I feel compelled to convey my heartfelt thanks. I am grateful not only for the successful outcome of the microsurgery course but also for the manner in which you and Irene conducted yourselves. Your dedication to your craft and the welfare of your ‘’patients’’ is truly admirable and presented in a collegial atmosphere. To conclude 😊… YOU ROCK!
I completed the animal surgery course at the RRSSC and I must say it exceeded my expectations. The course content was comprehensive, covering a wide range of surgical techniques and procedures. The instructors were experienced professionals who provided clear explanations and hands-on demonstrations. The practical sessions were invaluable, allowing us to practice various surgical procedures under expert guidance. The course organization and materials were top-notch, making it easy to follow along and refer back to the content. Overall, I feel much more confident in my animal surgery skills after taking this course and highly recommend it to anyone who is performing rodent microsurgeries. Thank you so much for this experience, I really appreciated it.
I accomplished more progress in the 5-day Module B course than I did in 6 months. René is an exceptional instructor, and his vast experience in developing research models is immediately apparent. Irene and René are very proactive and provide precise feedback that allows you to improve quickly
It was an excellent opportunity for me to attend such an important four days of microsurgical skills and hemodynamic ADInstruments PV-loop course at the René Remie Surgical Skills Centre. As a researcher in cardiology, it was the best investment for my research career to date. I have learned much about preclinical animal use in 32 hours over four days, including the 3R’s principles and how to work with animals to have excellent outcomes. This was a very well-organised course, which delivered vast amounts of knowledge and advice. From the practical point of view, I have learned many things to improve my microsurgical skills with continuous support, always being there to answer our questions. I would highly recommend this course at the RRSSC, especially to cardiology professionals.
I would highly recommend the Microsurgery and Experimental Techniques course run by René and Irene. It was very professionally run, with both theoretical lectures and practical demonstrations/learning that were tailored for my personal benefit, which was very much appreciated. I learnt a lot during my time at the RRSSC, especially the multiple surgical models that I requested as well as practical tips that will improve them.
I attended the 5-day Module B course with René and Irene in November of 2022. The course had a perfect balance of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. The presentations were packed with critical information every surgeon should know. I have 25 years of surgical experience, but my week at the RRSSC showed me how much more there is to learn in this field. René is a wealth of knowledge and I learned tremendously throughout the course. I really enjoyed my week and am very grateful I had the opportunity to attend such a great course. I highly recommend it, whether you are a novice, intermediate or experienced surgeon. Thank you! – Andree Lapierre
On Monday, I arrived at RRSSC without any microsurgical knowledge. On Friday, I was able to perform the implantation of a telemetry device into the carotid artery of the mouse. René and Irene really do a great job at teaching complex topics on a personal level that makes it very easy to follow and understand. 10/10 would recommend it.
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