This highly-practical, one-day workshop for vets and nurses will help participants to develop knowledge and skills to gain confidence in assessing and treating wild and companion birds, to give them the best chance of a successful outcome.
Topics covered will include:
- Common clinical conditions in birds
- Performing a safe and thorough physical exam
- Essential diagnostics in avian patients
- Common clinical techniques and supportive care for avian patients
- Anaesthesia tips for birds
The practical session will involve a review of the common clinical techniques including blood collection methods and xray positioning, crop tubing, IM and IV injection tips and intraosseous catheter placement, microscopy techniques. Working in groups of maximum 3 people you will get plenty of opportunity to practice the different techniques.
- Confidently and competently conduct a physical examination of an avian patient
- Conduct a variety of routine diagnostic tests on avian patients
- Provide supportive care for the critically ill avian patient
This workshop is accredited for 7 NZVNA CPD points.
Kevin graduated from Massey University in 1996 and has worked mainly in small animal practice since. After 8 years between three Auckland clinics he purchased a clinic with an existing interest in exotic pet medicine. Kevin spent the next 4 years training under the previous owner and joined the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Unusual and Exotic Pet special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association. He also completed the Massey University postgraduate paper in Avian Medicine.
In 2007 Kevin launched the Exotic Pet Referral Centre – the first privately owned centre of its kind in NZ. Since then, he has spent much of his time promoting improved standards of care in the field of exotic pets. His caseload has included Antarctic penguins, sharks, dozens of species of pet and wild birds, reptiles and small mammals. Kevin is currently practicing in Northland.
BA, BS, DVM, MANZCVS (Avian)
Jodi has spent the last 25 years working with animals in many different aspects of veterinary medicine. Several years at Oregon Zoo were spent training raptors and working as a veterinary nurse. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2001, and during that time discovered wildlife medicine. She began working intensively with seals and sea lions and did her residency in Zoo, Avian and Wildlife Medicine at Wildbase (Massey University) and Wellington Zoo, after working for several years at the Auckland SPCA.
Jodi is passionate about the health, welfare and behaviour of “exotic” animals and was a lecturer at Unitec for seven years in the Bachelor of Applied Science, Diploma of Veterinary Nursing and the Captive Wild Animals and Animal Welfare Investigations certificates. As an active member of the ANZCVS, she is an examiner for the Avian Chapter. Currently, she is the Animal Welfare Officer and University Veterinarian at the University of Auckland and works with a wide variety of exotic and companion animals.
Value to your practice
The knowledge and skills you will develop in this course will increase your confidence when dealing with avian patients, help to improve patient outcomes and your job satisfaction. It will also allow you to expand the avian side of your practice.
Start date: April 14, 2019
Start time: 08:30
End time: 17:00
Venue: Unitec Institute of Technology
Directions: 139 Carrington Rd, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025