Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery - A 2-Day Practical Course

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About the course

Client interest and commitment to Back Yard Poultry, has mushroomed dramatically in the past 6-8 years.  Not only has this created a requirement for clinicians to advance their avian medicine and surgery, an area traditionally not taught at undergraduate level, but also all the complexities of dispensing medication to food producing species, maintaining records etc.. This course has been designed for veterinarians in practice, who are working with backyard poultry.

The course includes discussions of common backyard poultry diseases, including aetiology, diagnosis and realistic treatment options.  As well as traditional poultry medicine and flock health, this course will take delegates a stage further, to include anaesthesia, diagnostics, common surgical challenges (crop impaction, salpingohysterectomy, fracture repairs). 

Chickens are no longer ‘an agricultural commodity’’, but often a much loved family member, with many clients willing to pursue extensive diagnostic and treatment modalities.

This is an invaluable opportunity for delegates to gain real hands-on practical experience, such that they have confidence to undertake all procedures in their own practice.

On the first day the following topics will be covered in lectures and case presentations:

  • Introduction and biosecurity
  • Welfare requirements
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Anaesthesia
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Important viral diseases
  • UGT anatomy, physiology and disease
  • Therapeutics

Frank and honest topical discussions will be encouraged during the dedicated question times, with speakers sharing their successes and failures in order to maximise the learning experience for all attending veterinarians. Day 1 will conclude with an optional course dinner which will give delegates the opportunity to get to know each other and to spend more time with the speakers.

On the second day, after an introduction to soft tissue surgery, the 3.5-hour practical session in the morning will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups, all under the supervision of the course tutors. The following topics will be covered during the practical sessions:

  • Ingluviotomy (for treatment of crop impaction, and ingluviotomy tube placement)
  • Laparotomy, Salpingohysterectomy, Enterectomy

After lunch there will be an introductory lecture into avian orthopaedic surgery.  This will be followed by a further 2.5-hour practical wet lab, where tibio-tarsal, humeral and tarso-metatarsus fracture repairs will be undertaken by all delegates.

Day 2 will finish with case discussions. Delegates will be encouraged to bring cases with them for discussion in this session.

The course fee includes lunches on site, coffee/tea breaks, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance (14 hours). On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs £25 (not included in the price, drinks will be charged extra). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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