Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH, MPPA, DABVP (Avian Practice), DACVPM

Marcy Souza is a Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Wildlife Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Maryland, then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University (2004) and a Master of Public Health at UT (2008). Marcy became of Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice) in 2007 and she also completed a 3-year clinical residency in avian and zoological medicine. Dr. Souza also became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2010…

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Stephen Kania, PhD

Stephen Kania received his Master’s degree in microbiology from Washington State University in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. He earned his PhD in veterinary infectious diseases from the University of Florida and joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He has combined his interests in molecular […]

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Basic Information Sheet: Ramphastidae

The birds of family Ramphastidae are found in South and Central America, from central Mexico to southern Brazil, and include the large toucans, the smaller aracaris, and the very small toucanets. This information sheet reviews natural history and taxonomy, as well as diet, housing, behavior, normal physiologic data and anatomy, restraint, behavior, and important medical conditions seen in family Ramphastidae.

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Care of Toucans, Toucanets & Aracaris

This client education handout reviews basic care of birds in family Ramphastidae: toucans, toucanettes, and aracaris. Topics covered in detail include housing, such as space and temperature, as well as well as diet and breeding.

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Reptile and Amphibian Nutrition

Nutrition is the leading cause of disease in reptiles and amphibians. Chronic nutritional diseases remain common, including nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, hepatic lipidosis, protein deficiency, hypovitaminosis A, hypervitaminosis A, pyramidal shell growth, renal disease, urocystoliths, thiamine deficiency, vitamin E/selenium deficiency, steatitis, corneal lipidosis, and obesity. The goal of this web-based seminar is to educate veterinary health professionals such that they can provide sound nutritional advice to reptile and amphibian keepers.

“Avian Ultrasound” by Dr. Petra Schnitzer for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

The Lafeber Company Student Program supports the growth of zoological medicine in veterinary medical schools by sponsoring speakers and other educational events.

Thomas H. Boyer, DVM, DABVP (Reptile and Amphibian Practice)

Thomas Boyer earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Dr. Boyer co-founded the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians in 1991…

In Memoriam: Dr. Drury Reavill

Exotic animal medicine has lost a leader, a colleague, and a friend in Dr. Drury Reavill. Drury was triple boarded. She became one of the first avian practitioners certified in avian practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 1993, and she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2000. In 2013, she also earned certification in reptile and amphibian practice through ABVP. Dr. Reavill was the Director of Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service from 1998 to 2019. She has received numerous awards and accolades including an Inaugural Award for Outstanding Contributions to Exotic Animal Medicine in 2020. This Award was presented jointly by AAV, AEMV, and ARAV in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of exotic animal medicine.

Tariq Abou-Zahr BVSc CertAVP (ZooMed) DECZM (Avian) MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Avian Medicine & Surgery)

Dr. Abou-Zahr is an avian and exotic veterinary surgeon from the United Kingdom, currently practicing at Valley Vets in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 and gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine in 2018. Tariq completed a 4-year combined internship and residency program at Great Western Exotic Vets in Swindon. He became board-certified by the European College of Zoological Medicine in the Avian Medicine and Surgery specialty in 2021.

Zalmir Silvino Cubas, DVM

Zalmir Silvino Cubas earned a master in veterinary sciences from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil). Zalmir then served as both a staff veterinarian and chief veterinarian for the Curitiba Zoo, Brazil for 9 years. He also completed a residency in zoological medicine at the University of California at Davis. He then became the Director of the Parque das Aves Foz Tropicana, Brazil. Dr. Silvino Cubas has also served as the Director of the Department of Environment for the Municipality of Foz do Iguaçu and a veterinarian for the Três Fronteiras Conservation and Breeding Center, Foz do Iguaçu. Zalmir worked at the Itaipu Binacional company wildlife refuge, zoo and veterinary hospital from 2006 to 2020, in the areas of animal care, management, research and wildlife conservation. Dr. Silvino Cubas co-edited Biology, Medicine and Surgery of South American Wild Animals with Professor Murray Fowler…

Jessica Magnotti, DVM

Jessica Magnotti is completing a residency in avian medicine at Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services. Jessica attended George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology in 2013…

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Medical, Nursing & Cosmetic Procedures of Birds of Prey

Dr. Jaime Samour presented Part 1 of his presentation for the Avian, Wildlife & Exotics club at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. his distance-learning event was part of the Lafeber Company Student Program.

Gastrointestinal Stasis in Rabbits

Dr. Jessica Magnotti of Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services presented this distance-learning event for the veterinary medical students at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the Lafeber Company Student Program.

Aneesa Malik MSc, BSc (Hons), RVN, Cert VNES, Cert VNECC

Aneesa is a registered veterinary nurse from the United Kingdom. She has worked in first opinion, charity, emergency, referral, exotics, and with some species of British wildlife. Her interests and learning aims within nursing is veterinary ethics and welfare. Specifically, her focus is the emergency and critical patient, the wildlife and exotic patient, animal pain, […]

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Moving From Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Resilience

Caring for others can be extremely satisfying, yet it can also incur a cost, “the cost of caring,” commonly known as compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is recognized as an occupational hazard within the high care professions where compassion is at the core of practice. Debbie L. Stoewn, DVM, MSW, RSW, PhD will present this live, interactive, 1-hour RACE-approved webinar, hosted by LafeberVet. Topics covered will include compassion, a healthcare priority, core value, and ethical imperative, understanding compassion fatigue as the manifestation of secondary traumatic stress and burnout or chronic empathic distress, as well as causes, symptoms, and consequences of compassion fatigue. This seminar also explores approaches to mitigate, transform, and treat compassion fatigue to build compassion resilience.

Debbie L. Stoewen DVM, MSW, RSW, PhD

Dr. Debbie Stoewen is a licensed veterinarian and registered social worker with a PhD in the field of veterinary medical communication. With 25 years of practice experience, including being the founder and sole proprietor of a companion animal hospital, she is well-versed in the daily realities of veterinary practice. Debbie earned both her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Guelph. She also earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Stoewen is an acclaimed animal health speaker, educator, and innovator…

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Small Mammal Imaging and Radiographic Cases

This non-interactive webinar recording presented by Natalie Antinoff, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice) explores radiography and sonography of exotic companion mammals. Topics covered will include restraint and positioning, normal radiographic anatomy of ferrets, rabbits, and popular rodent species, as well as unique anatomic features of the sugar glider and hedgehog. Common pathologic conditions as well as typical radiographic findings will also be explored, and case examples will be used to emphasize key concepts.

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Post-Test Australian Wildfire Series Part 2: Animal Welfare & Ethics in Natural Disasters

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Le site Lafervet.com est conçu pour une utilisation par les vétérinaires. Il est ouvert aux vétérinaires diplômés, aux techniciens vétérinaires diplômés, aux […]

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Shelter Avian Intake Physical Exam Form

The California Veterinary Emergency Team (CVET) Shelter Entrance Avian Examination Form, shared by Dr. Michelle Hawkins, includes entrance exam considerations helpful in a triage situation. This form is divided into four sections: animal and owner information, physical findings, problem list/medication and plan, as well notes.

2021 T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year

Thirty-three exceptional avian veterinarians from all around the world were nominated for the 2021 T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year. The independent Selection Committee narrowed this list to four finalists and the Award recipient, Dr. Yvonne van Zeeland, was announced during the Plenary Session at the 2021 ExoticsCon…

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Lead Exposure in Backyard Poultry

Although birds are kept for a variety of reasons, many owners raise backyard chickens for personal consumption of meat and eggs. There is some concerns that poultry can be exposed to heavy metals, such as lead, and then pass lead on to people in their eggs or meat. Poultry are most commonly exposed to lead through soil that has been contaminated by lead-based paint flakes that have come off older buildings or even…

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Care of the Backyard Chicken

This client education handout reviews basic care of backyard poultry, specifically the pet chicken. Topics covered in more detail include housing, such as space, substrate, temperature, ventilation, predator proofing, perching, nestboxes, and sanitation, as well as diet and basic principles of biosecurity and quarantine.

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Poultry and Public Health

Although keeping backyard poultry can be enjoyable, owners should be aware that healthy birds can sometimes carry harmful germs that make people sick. Public health concerns linked to backyard poultry include infection caused by Salmonella spp., E. coli, Campylobacter spp., and avian influenza. These germs can cause a variety of illnesses in people, ranging from minor skin infections to serious illnesses that can cause death. High-risk individuals include children less than 5 years of age, adults over 65 years of age, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. Whether the owner is building their very first coop or is a seasoned backyard poultry owner, this client handout provide tips on simple things that can be done to stay healthy.

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Fowl Detectives Post-Test

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Australian Wildfire & Wildlife Insights

The 2019/2020 wildfires put the plight of Australian wildlife and the realities of climate change on the international stage. This RACE-approved webinar recording consists of two, 1-hour seminars that explore the impact of Australian bushfires on wildlife. Part 1, presented by Dr Talbot, explores the basics of patient assessment and triage as well as management of pain, smoke inhalation, and burns for the unique species found in Australia. Part 2 summarizes Dr. Campbell-Ward’s research evaluating the key rescue/rehabilitation-related wild animal welfare outcomes and ethical dilemmas encountered during the Australian bushfires.

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Fowl Detectives

View this RACE-approved webinar recording “Fowl Detectives: Using Physical Exam & Clinical Signs to Diagnose Poultry Diseases” presented by Teresa Morishita, DVM, PhD, DACPV. This program is approved for 1 hour of continuing credit in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) approval.

Michelle Campbell-Ward BSc BVSc (Hons I) PGCertIAWEL MANZCVS (Zoo Medicine) DZooMed (Mammalian) MRCVS

Michelle Campbell-Ward is a Senior Program and Policy Officer for Animal Welfare in the Department of Regional New South Wales (NSW). She has also worked as a zoo and wildlife veterinarian with the Taronga Conservation Society…

Jessica Rosen

Jessica Rosen is a veterinary technology student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. Jessica won 2nd place in the Veterinary Technology Student division of the inaugural 2021 Veterinary Technology Contest.

Harley Swan

Harley A. Swan is a veterinary technology student at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Harley won 1st place in the Technology Student division of the inaugural 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest..

Jovanna Berls, CVA, LVT

Jovanna Berls is a licensed veterinary technician at ABC Animal & Bird Clinic in Sugar Land, Texas. Jovanna won 3rd place in the Veterinary Technician division of the inaugural 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest.

Dylan Farr

…Dylan worked and learned under the acclaimed exotic animal veterinarian Douglas Mader, DABVP DABVP (Reptile) DECZM (Herpetology), learning about and treating many varying exotic species and becoming proficient in exotic species anesthesia. Currently, Dylan is a Technician Supervisor at Marathon Veterinary Hospital and he recently completed his Fear-Free certification.

Stefanie Kotschwar BScH (Zoology, Nutrition), MSc (Zoo Conservation), RVT

Stefanie Kotschwar is a registered veterinary technician that has worked at Lynwood Animal Hospital in Ottawa, ON, Canada since 2016. Prior to becoming an RVT in 2017, Stefanie obtained her Bachelor of Science with honors in zoology from the University of Guelph and her Masters of Sciences in zoo conservation biology from Plymouth University. While working as a veterinary assistant in Guelph, Stefanie did the Distance Education Veterinary Program through Cedar Valley College. She has a special interest in exotic medicine, nutrition, and emergency care. Her long term goal is to obtain Veterinary Technician Specialty in Clinical Practice (Exotic Medicine).

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Exotic Companion Mammal Enrichment

Have you heard about environmental enrichment but are wondering what it really means and how to implement it to benefit your pets? This client education handout explores the definition of enrichment, the benefits of enrichment, as well as practical suggestions on implementation. Enrichment can be enjoyable as you get to create an array of fun, interactive enclosures and toys for your pet. This client education handout was awarded first place in the 2021 Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Veterinary Technology Contest, sponsored by Lafeber Company.

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Nutrition: The Key to Your Chinchilla’s Health

Your chinchilla’s diet plays a key role in maintaining optimal condition. A healthy diet prevents two common health problems: dental disease and gastrointestinal problems. Specifically, your chinchilla requires a high-fiber, low-fat diet consisting primarily of grass hay and a small portion of pellets formulated specifically for chinchillas. This client education handout reviews the foods eaten by chinchillas in the wild, recommendations for a healthy pet chinchilla diet, as well as why a high-fiber diet is essential to your chinchilla’s health.

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Pigs and Dogs: A Recipe for Disaster

Dogs remain one of the most common household companions, and as miniature pigs grow in popularity as pets, the question invariably comes up: how might dogs and pigs get along in the same household? This client education handout reviews normal predator (pack) versus prey (herd) behavior, as well as the significant risk when pet pigs are left unsupervised with dogs. This client education handout was awarded first place in the 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Student Contest, sponsored by Lafeber Company.

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Nutritional Requirements for Guinea Pigs

This client education handout reviews the nutritional requirements of guinea pigs. Providing guinea pigs the correct diet is an essential part of keeping these fun, loving creatures happy and healthy. Two extremely important nutrients that play a vital role in maintaining the health of guinea pigs are calcium and vitamin C.

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Mask Off! How to Recognize the Masking Phenomenon in Your Exotic Pet

This client education handout reviews the masking phenomenon observed in exotic pets. Why do exotic animals attempt to hide signs of illness or injury and what can the attentive owner do to offset this behavior? This client education handout was awarded second place in the 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest, sponsored by Lafeber Company.

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2021 AEMV Veterinary Medical Student Case Report Contest

Lafeber Company was proud to sponsor the 2021 Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Student Case Report Contest. Veterinary medical students from all over the world were encouraged to write a 2-page case report about an exotic companion mammal seen at their college of veterinary medicine or during a clinical experience. Submissions closed in March and judges from the Research Committee evaluated the case reports received from seven nations. Judges were blinded to the students, mentors, co-authors, and institutions at which the cases were seen. Read the summary of each winning case report.

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2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest

Lafeber Company was proud to sponsor the 2021 Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Veterinary Technician/Technologist and Technician Student Client Education Materials Contest. Credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary technologists, and veterinary nurses as well as students in this field were encouraged to submit a two (2) page, English-language educational handout (1500 words or less) about a companion exotic mammal health and wellness topic. Submissions closed on April 30. Seventeen client education handouts were received. The AEMV Technician Committee evaluated this educational material and they were blinded to the identify of each veterinary technologists or student.

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Post-test: Structure and Function in Raptors

This program is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (R.A.C.E.) to offer a total of 1.00 CE Credits (1.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 1.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (1.00 max). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements. RACE does not “accredit” or “endorse” or “certify” any program or person, nor does RACE approval

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Structure and Function in Raptors

This RACE-approved, continuing education webinar recording, presented by Dr. Jaime Samour, is a terrific opportunity to review (or discover) avian anatomy in general and raptor anatomy in particular. This 1-hour system-by-system review begins with the integumentary system, including plumage, beak, and talons, then moves through the raptor musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and male and female reproductive systems, as well as circulation, brain and intelligence, plus special senses. View the 1 hour webinar recording, then take the brief quiz to earn 1 hour of continuing education credit.

Jaime Samour MVZ (Honours), PhD, DECZM (Avian), FRSB

Jaime Samour has dedicated most of his professional life to falcon medicine. He graduated with Honours from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Veracruz University, Veracruz, Mexico in 1978. After a brief period of time working in private practice in El Salvador, he returned to Veracruz University and became an Associate Professor. In 1981, Jaime traveled to London to study and conduct research projects in reptile and avian medicine at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. He lso learned hematology under the supervision of Dr. Christine Hawkey and Mike Hart. He received his Doctorate degree in Avian Reproductive Biology from the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Immediately afterwards, Jaime moved to the Middle East where he has worked ever since…

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Liberating Wings: The Possibility of Transformative Parrot Conservation

Dr. LoraKim Joyner of One Earth Conservation presented this distance-learning event on parrot conservation for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife, Zoological, and Avian Animal Medicine Club as part of the Lafeber Company Student Program.

Bree Talbot, BVSc, MANZCVS

Bree Talbot joined the team at Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital in 2020, where she leads Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital. Bree was previously an Associate Veterinarian at the University of Sydney’s Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital and the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre, where she worked for 6 years. In 2015, Dr. Talbot became a Member and Examiner of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in medicine and surgery of unusual pets…

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Rabbit and Large Herbivorous Rodent Dental Disease Test

Test your knowledge – Take the post-test for the “Rabbit and Large Herbivorous Rodent Dental Disease” and earn 2 hours of continuing education credit.

Thank You For Attending

Thank you for attending this web-based seminar “Medical, Nursing & Cosmetic Procedures in Birds of Preys Part 1” presented by Dr. Jaime Samour. This program was sponsored by the Lafeber Company Student Program.

Charly Pignon DVM, DECZM (Small Mammal)

Charly Pignon is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal) and a board member of Yaboumba, a French association for continuing education in exotic and wild animals. Charly graduated in 2005 from Alfort National Veterinary School in Maisons-Alfort, France. In 2009, Charly completed an exotic animal medicine internship at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and when he returned to France he created the Exotic Medicine Service at Alfort National Veterinary School. Dr. Pignon is also the Immediate Past President (2017-2018) of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.