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Critical Care Techniques for Avian Wildlife Emergencies

Dr. Heather Barron presented this webinar on avian critical care. View a recording of the live, interactive event, then take the brief post-test to earn 1 hour of continuing education credit. The goal of wildlife medicine is always eventual release and therefore triage of avian wildlife may vary based on case load, regulations, and the presenting situation. Dr. Barron examines the guidelines used to set triage policy and the reasons a bird may not be releasable or have a good quality of life in captivity. She then discusses practical measures intended to alleviate suffering and improve the odds of patient survival, such as fluid support, analgesia, evaluation of blood volume, and transfusion. This presentation concludes with a brief discussion on assessing life and euthanasia.

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Enterocolitis in Hamsters

Diarrhea is the most common problem in pet hamsters. In a recent survey of two large American commercial breeding facilities, approximately 3% of shipped hamsters develop diarrhea. Diarrhea caused by enterocolitis can occur in hamsters of any age or breed and is commonly known as “wet-tail”. Clinical signs in weanlings usually include diarrhea, anorexia, ruffled hair, dehydration, weight loss, and death. The mortality rate is often highest in…

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Avian History Form 5

Avian History Form from the University of Georgia at Athens College of Veterinary Medicine provided by Dr. Heather Barron.

Heather Barron, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Heather Barron is the Director of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Sanibel Island, Florida. Dr. Barron was formerly the Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Professor of Small a Exotic Animal Medicine at St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands. Dr. Barron is an associate editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and the author of numerous publications. Dr. Barron is board certified in avian medicine and she served as the 2010-2011 President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians…

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Avian Behavioral History Form 5

Provided by Dr. Lynne Seibert. board-certified veterinary behaviorist, Download Behavioral History Form 5 PDF.