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Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7404371, 4 pages
Research Article

Vaginoscopy in Ewes Utilizing a Laparoscopic Surgical Port Device

Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 West Drake Road, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Eileen Hackett; ude.etatsoloc@ttekcah.neelie

Received 6 June 2017; Revised 26 July 2017; Accepted 9 August 2017; Published 12 September 2017

Academic Editor: Antonio Ortega-Pacheco

Copyright © 2017 Jeremiah Easley et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Vaginoscopy allows for diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the vaginal vault. A laparoscopic surgical port device and rigid telescope were utilized for serial vaginoscopy in 8 healthy anesthetized ewes. Vaginoscopy examinations were performed in each ewe at days 1, 14, and 28. This technique was well-tolerated and facilitated carbon dioxide vaginal inflation, complete vaginal examination, identification of the cervix, and targeted biopsy collection. No complications were encountered during or following the vaginoscopy procedures. The laparoscopic port device was well-suited to the ewe vulvar size. This technique could be applied to clinical evaluation in ewes for the purposes of examination, biopsy, culture, foreign body removal, and minor surgical procedures.