Avian / Exotic Animal Medicine & Soft Tissue Surgery - A 2-Day Practical Course

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About the course

Interest in soft tissue surgery in avian and exotic animals has increased over the last decade due to widespread use of isoflurane anesthesia, the introduction of microsurgical techniques and improvement of microsurgical and bipolar radio-surgical instrumentation. This course has been designed for veterinarians in practice, working with avian cases, wishing to gain a higher level of expertise in their approach to avian respiratory disease, psittacine neonatology and post mortem techniques.

The course also includes an insight into PPDS as well as discussions of raptor tendon injuries and their repair. In preparation of the wetlab, the second day starts with an introductory lecture on avian and exotic animal soft tissue surgery and use of radio surgery, followed by an extensive 4-hour wet lab, where all delegates will undertake a variety of techniques required when confronted with injured avian and exotic animal species.

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

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

  • Avian Respiratory Disease
  • Psittacine Neonatology
  • Post Mortem Techniques
  • Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of PPDS
  • Raptor Tendon Injuries and Repair
  • Maintaining Biosecurity in the Exotic Vet Facility
  • Well / New Bird Checks

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 avian and exotic animal soft tissue surgery, the 4-hour practical session will give attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens (minimum of 2 specimens per attendee) and to ask questions, all under the supervision of the course tutors.

The following topics will be covered during the practical sessions:

  • Use of radio surgery
  • Ingluviotomy (Avian Crop Surgery)
  • Laparotomy, salpingohysterectomy (removal of uterus and oviduct), orchidectomy (neutering)
  • Proventriculotomy (Removal of foreign objects or toxic materials from the proventriculus), cloaco-pexi, cloacoplasty, cloacotomy
  • Enterotomy
  • Tendon repair, tracheotomy, trachectomy, liver biopsy, lung biopsy

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. On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs £20 (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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