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Application of a laparoscopic technique for vasectomy in standing horses
  1. Arantza Vitoria1,2,
  2. Antonio Romero1,2,
  3. Sara Fuente2,
  4. Laura Barrachina2,3 and
  5. Francisco José Vazquez1,2
  1. 1 Patología Animal, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  2. 2 Hospital Veterinario, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  3. 3 Anatomía, Embriología y Genética Animal, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francisco José Vazquez, Patología Animal, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Aragón 50013, Spain; pvazquez{at}


This report describes a technique for standing laparoscopic vasectomy in stallions through a prospective descriptive study. A preliminary study was carried out with two experimental intact male horses and subsequently the procedure was performed in two clinical cases. These horse owners want to keep their animals in the most possible natural way, preserving its stallion behaviour in a herd without generating offspring. The horses were sedated and restrained in stocks and laparoscopic vasectomy was performed using three portal sites in both paralumbar fossae recording surgical times. A 4-cm segment of each ductus deferens (DD) was occluded with laparoscopic vessel sealing devices and subsequently excised. Semen collection was performed using an artificial vagina before the laparoscopic procedure and at 15 and 60 days postoperatively. Sexual behaviour and spermiogram were analysed. Two months after vasectomy, control laparoscopy was performed in experimental horses to assess the surgical site. Bilateral vasectomy could be performed without intraoperative complications in a mean surgical time of 20 min per DD. Success of the procedure was confirmed in all cases by azoospermic ejaculates 60 days after vasectomy. This is the first time that the technique for laparoscopic vasectomy is described in horses.

  • horses
  • laparoscopy
  • surgery
  • reproduction
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Advisory Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation from the University of Zaragoza.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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