Dr. James Johnson to Louisiana State University

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

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Post Test: Avian Nutrition Basics

View the on-demand recording of this non-interactive webinar, then take the brief quiz. With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a continuing education certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education approval.

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Clinical Avian Nutrition for Veterinary Health Professionals

Dr. Susan Orosz will present this live, interactive, webinar on the clinical perspectives of avian nutrition. How can veterinary health professionals best address the nutritional needs of the companion bird in the exam room?

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Avian Nutrition Basics

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2019 Avian Practitioner of the Year

When nominations closed for the 2019 T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year, a list of 24 outstanding avian veterinarians had been submitted for consideration. The independent Selection Committee narrowed the list to five finalists and the Award recipient, Dr. Lorenzo Crosta, was announced during the Opening Session at ExoticsCon 2019.

Jessica Elbert, DVM

Jessica Elbert received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2018

Jessica Comolli , DVM

Jessica Comolli received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a zoological medicine internship at Iowa State University and is currently a zoological medicine resident at the University of Georgia.

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A Guide to Avian Necropsy

The postmortem examination is a valuable part of the diagnostic work-up. Shared by a veterinary pathologist with a special interest in birds, this guide to avian necropsy provides comprehensive instructions for the avian postmortem exam. This article offers step-by-step guidance on avian necropsy with a variety of photographs and video clips that illustrate useful clinical techniques and normal avian anatomy. Feel confident in your knowledge of avian anatomy? You can also “Test Yourself” by identifying the structures shown in four separate images.

Nobuko Wakamatsu-Utsuki, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACPV

Nobuko Wakamatsu-Utsuki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wakamatsu-Utsuki has a special interest in avian pathology and poultry medicine. Her research interests focus on avian diseases, particularly the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and she has published extensively on these topics…

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Radial Vein Blood Collection in the Miniature Pig

Blood collection in miniature pigs can be a challenge. Peripheral veins are not readily accessible and some vessels, such as the auricular vein, are inadequate for obtaining sufficient volumes. The radial vein is located along the medial aspect of the forelimb. This vessel is relatively straight and generally superficial.

Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, DACAW

Valarie Tynes owns Premier Veterinary Behavior Consulting in Sweetwater, Texas. Dr. Tynes is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. After several years in private practice, Valarie completed a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2003. Her special interests include miniature pigs and other exotic pets as well as animal behavior. Dr. Tynes is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a frequent speaker at professional meetings around the world.

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Basic Information Sheet: Miniature Pig

The term “miniature pig” is used to describe a variety of smaller pig breeds as well as crossbreeds. There are at least 14 recognized breeds of miniature pigs, including the Vietnamese potbellied pig, the Juliana pig, the KuneKune, and others. This information sheet reviews natural history and taxonomy, as well as a number of clinically relevant information including (but not limited to) diet, housing, behavior, normal physiologic data and anatomy, restraint, preventive medicine, zoonoses, and important medical conditions seen in the mini pig. Login to view references.

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Body Condition Scoring the Miniature Pig

Miniature pigs reach half their adult weight (32-68 kg) by about 1 year of age and will continue to grow until 3-4 years of age. Pigs easily gain weight and obesity is a very common problem in pet pigs, especially when animals are fed free-choice and not exercised. The risk of obesity in pet pigs can be minimized with client education on body condition scoring as well as regular weighing.

Client Education Handout 

Reading Bird Body Language

Careful observation of avian body language can provide clues when a bird is receptive to play or handling. Download this client education handout to share helpful advice on interpreting psittacine bird postures and behaviors.

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Post-Test: Minimizing Stress to Avian Patients

View the recording of this live webinar event, then take the brief quiz. With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a continuing education certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education approval.

Call for Nominations: T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award

The T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award is given annually, or at the Selection Committee’s discretion, to an outstanding practitioner that has advanced the quality of health care for companion birds.

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Minimizing Stress to Avian Patients During the Veterinary Visit

This live, interactive webinar was presented by Dr. Alicia McLaughlin, a certified Fear Free™ veterinarian who is spearheading the development of an avian-focused Fear Free™ course. This presentation explores the reasons stress should be minimized during avian veterinary visits and the challenges that must be overcome. Dr. McLaughlin also shares practical tips for clinical implementation as they relate to clinic design, staff training, client education, as well as tips for working with avian patients in an exam room or hospital setting. Alicia has also provided two client education handouts for download that she uses in her daily practice.

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2019 AEMV Student Case Report Contest

Lafeber Company was proud to sponsor the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Student Case Report Contest. Veterinary 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 March 22 and judges from the Research Committee evaluated the 14 case reports received. Judges were blinded to the students, mentors, co-authors, and institutions at which the cases were seen. See the brief summaries of each winning case report. Each student has been encouraged to submit their paper for publishing and for a presentation at ExoticsCon 2020.

Alicia McLaughlin, DVM

Alicia McLaughlin completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at The Center for Bird & Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington and she is now an associate veterinarian at this practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career, and has authored or co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low-stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear FreeTM veterinarian and is spearheading the development of an avian-focused Fear Free™ course.

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Post Test: Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Triage

View the recording of this live webinar event, then take the brief quiz. With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a continuing education certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education approval.

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Post-test: Routine Veterinary Care of the Miniature Pig

View the recording of this live webinar event, then take the brief quiz. With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a continuing education certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education approval.

Client Education Handout 

Miniature Pig Care

This client education handout reviews basic care of the miniature pig. Topics covered include diet, housing, training and proper handling, as well as common health problems and preventive care measures, like vaccination and surgical sterilization.

Client Education Handout 

Are You the Right Pet For Me? Miniature Pigs

Pot-belled or miniature pigs are interesting, complex animals that are sometimes kept as pets in urban areas. Unfortunately, there are many misleading claims associated with miniature pet pigs that can eventually lead to these animals being surrendered to shelters or rescues by owners that “leapt before they looked”. Although it is always important to educate […]

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Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Triage

View the recording of this interactive, case-based presentation, which aims to cover the basics while also offering helpful tips, tricks, and insights for the experienced rehabilitator or veterinarian. Topics covered include wildlife rehabilitation fundamentals, emergency triage as it applies to wildlife care, and guidelines used to assess patient condition and determine the most humane treatment plan.

Renée Schott, DVM, CWR

Renée Schott is the Medical Director and a Senior Veterinarian at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRCMN), one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the country. Renée has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over 15 years and she has worked at WRCMN for over 10 years. Additionally, Renée is involved in teaching courses at the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine and she is a Course Instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Renee also does relief work at The Raptor Center in St. Paul and she is a former member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Board of Directors.

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Routine Veterinary Care of the Miniature Pig

Mini pigs remain a surprisingly common pet, with a resurgence in popularity every few years. Owners typically have a “small animal mindset”, and as such, seek like-minded veterinarians, but lack of training and paucity of resources leads many veterinarians to shy away from these unique pets. This recording of the live, interactive webinar reviews handling and restraint as well as routine veterinary procedures, from physical examination, vaccination, and nutrition to therapeutics such as hoof trim, tusk trim, and deworming protocols.

Kristie Mozzachio, DVM, DACVP, CVA

Kristie Mozzachio operates a mobile pet pig exclusive practice serving the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She provides consults on pet pigs as well as research mini pigs, both nationally and internationally. She also serves as a veterinary advisor for Ross Mill Farm & Piggy Camp and Refuge GroinGroin in France. Dr. Mozzachio has also lectured on mini pigs at numerous meetings, and most recently she has co-authored mini pig chapters in the Exotic Animal Formulary and Diseases of Swine.

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Post Test: Reproductive Disease in Reptiles

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Alejandro Morales

Is a veterinarian graduated from San Carlos University in Guatemala City, with a Masters in One Health from Ross University. Dr. Morales has worked as the assistant director and veterinarian for the ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Petén, Guatemala since 2007. Having started at a young age as a guide in the Natural […]

Tim Reichard, DVM

Dr. Tim Reichard is the owner of Dr. Tim’s Wildlife and Exotics Care in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Reichard obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1980…

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Reproductive Disease in Reptiles

Reptile reproduction can be a confusing topic due to the variety of normal reproductive strategies found throughout different reptile species. Nevertheless it important to understand normal reproductive processes to correctly approach some commonly seen problems. The recording of this R.A.C.E.-approved, web-based seminar discusses normal reproductive strategies of reptiles, including important reproductive anatomy and physiology. Three clinically important conditions, pre-ovulatory or follicular stasis, post-ovulatory dystocia, and cloacal prolapse, are also explored in detail.

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Central Venous Catheter Placement in Chelonians

Long-term vascular access is difficult to obtain and maintain in chelonians. Fortunately, central venous catheters provide flexibility and length to avoid catheter dislodgement. Central lines are an effective tool that allow serial blood measurements and can be used for anesthesia administration, intravenous drug delivery, blood product transfusions, and continuous fluid therapy or continuous rate infusions.This photo tutorial article describes this simple technique step-by-step.

Olivia Petritz, DVM, DACZM

Olivia Petritz earned her doctorate at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a small animal medicine and surgery residency at a specialty hospital in San Diego, California followed by an exotic animal internship at Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics in Houston, Texas. Dr. Petritz then completed a 3-year residency in companion exotic animals and zoo medicine at the University of California, Davis. She achieved board certification in November 2013. Olivia then started an exotic animal medicine service at a large specialty hospital in Los Angeles. She worked in California for 3 years before becoming an Assistant Clinical Professor at North Carolina State University.

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Emergency and Critical Care of Rabbits

Save the date for this free R.A.C.E.-approved continuing education webinar, Emergency and Critical Care of Rabbits, presented by Charly Pignon, DVM, DECZM (Small Mammal) on November 7, 2018. Lecture topics will include emergency triage, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, analgesia, fluid therapy, and critical care nutrition. Register today and join us for this interactive event.

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Emergency and Critical Care in Rabbits Post Test

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Pignon Webinar Abstract

The presenter, Charly Pignon, is getting ready to welcome you to this live interactive continuing education event. The webinar will begin at 1 pm EST (New York). Visit the webinar page for more information or read the abstract below.

Anke Stöhr, med. vet., ZB Reptilien

Anke Stöhr is a 2017-2020 Zoological Medicine Resident and masters student at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine…

Mariana Pardo, MV, BVSc, DACVECC

Mariana Pardo is a board-certified Emergency and Critical Care specialist at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. Dr. Pardo earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 from the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. She finished two emergency and critical care internships at the University of Georgia (UGA) and then the University of Florida. She recently completed her emergency and critical residency at Cornell University and she has a strong interest in exotic critical care medicine…

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2018 Avian Practitioner of the Year

Forty-five exceptional avian veterinarians from all around the world were nominated for the 2018 T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year. The independent Selection Committee narrowed this list to six finalists and the Award recipient, Dr. Robert Doneley, was announced during the Plenary Session at the 2018 ExoticsCon.

Lucile Chassang, DVM, IPSAV

Dr. Lucile Chassang graduated from Alfort National Veterinary School (France) in 2013. After 1 year of small animal practice, she performed a 1-year zoological medicine internship in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, in Saint Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada. In 2015, she joined Dr. Minh Huynh ‘s team at Fregis Veterinary Hospital […]

Edward Ramsay, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Ramsay completed a residency at the University of California at Davis in zoological medicine and is board-certified in zoological medicine…

Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer is the Director of Animal Health and Research at the Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has worked since 1992. Dr. Suedmeyer is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and Past-President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (2012-2013) and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian […]

Kathy Duncan

Kathy Duncan has been an active wildlife rehabilitator with Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) since 1999. Ms. Duncan previously served on the PWC Board of Directors for 7 years and she has been Education Director since 2006. Kathy is currently a staff rehabilitation technician at PWC’s wildlife clinic, where she has worked since its opening in 2007…

Natalie Antinoff, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Natalie Antinoff is director of the bird and exotic pet referral practice, Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics, a member of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas…

Miguel Saggese, DVM, MSc, PhD

Miguel Saggese, DVM, MSc, PhD joined Western University of Health Sciences in 2007 as an assistant professor in microbiology and avian diseases. He obtained his veterinary degree in 1995 at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2004, Dr. Saggese completed a 3-year residency and a masters program at The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota. During these years, he studied the effect of West Nile virus (WNV) on birds of prey and the efficacy of WNV vaccines. Between 2004 and 2007, his research focused on avian tuberculosis while completing his Ph.D. in microbiology at The Schubot Center, Texas A&M University.

Michael Kent, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR

Dr. Michael S. Kent is an assistant professor in the department of surgery and radiology at the University of California at Davis (UCD) School of Veterinary Medicine…

Michael E. Comella

Michael E. Comella is a reptile rehabilitator and director of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue…

Michael Dutton, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice), DABVP (Avian Practice), DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Practice), CVPP

Dr. Michael Dutton is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in three specialties…

Maureen Murray, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Maureen Murray is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine…

Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Marla Lichtenberger was a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Lichtenberger completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marla was a frequent international speaker on emergency and critical care for small animals and exotics, as well as a published researcher. She was formerly the owner of Milwaukee Animal Emergency Center for Animals, a critical care facility offering 24-hour care to not only dogs and cats but also reptiles, small mammals, birds and other exotic animals.