Top 10 Neoplasms of Exotic Companion Mammals

Introduction

Cheryl Greenacre, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Practice) presented this talk for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Zoological Medicine Club as part of the Lafeber Company Student Program. This recording was created for students unable to attend the live event.

 

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Fast Facts on Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus

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A Clinician’s Perspective on Avian Ganglioneuritis and Avian Bornavirus

This live, interactive, RACE-approved webinar reviews avian ganglioneuritis and proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), which are extremely complex and potentially confusing topics. This lecture will begin with what is currently known (including varying viewpoints among the scientific community) and will emphasize what clinicians need to know about the disease, its diagnostic and treatment options, and the latest discoveries reported in the literature to help guide best practices.

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Exotic Small Mammal Anesthesia

Exotic small mammals can be challenging to safely induce, maintain and recover from general anesthesia. View the recording of this RACE-approved webinar, which explores clinical anesthesia in exotic companion mammals from patient assessment and anesthetic induction to monitoring and recovery. This recording discusses the importance of proper physical examinations, the pharmacology of common anesthetic drugs or fluids, including the use of constant rate infusions and locoregional anesthesia techniques, intravenous and intraosseous catheterization, intubation techniques, and how to choose monitoring equipment in common companion exotic small mammal species.

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease and Vaccination

This live webinar event by Dr. Amanda Jones was RACE approved for 1 hour of continuing education. This presentation reviewed the history, pathobiology and transmission of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus. Dr. Jones also reviewed vaccines available in Europe and North America. The target audience for this presentation was primarily North American veterinary health professionals, but there useful information was provided for anyone interested in this disease. Stay Tuned: A RACE-approved webinar recording will be available soon.

Amanda Jones, DVM

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Amphibian Sedation and Anesthesia Quiz

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Lori Arent, MS

Lori Arent is the Assistant Director at The Raptor Center (TRC), College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She has a Master’s of Science in Veterinary Physiology from the University of MN. Prior to her current role at TRC, she managed the rehabilitation of 800-1000 raptor patients annually, with a special focus on reconditioning and pre-release preparations. She has authored multiple resources, such as Raptors in Captivity, Guidelines for Care and Management…and the chapter on Avian Anatomy and Physiology in Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians.

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Lafeber’s New Health & Nutrition Kits

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Amphibian Sedation and Anesthesia

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Care of Senior or Geriatric Domestic Rabbits

The objective of this educational resource is to empower owners on how best to care for their senior or geriatric rabbits. The reader will learn how to ensure common geriatric conditions do not become a welfare concern for their pet. The goal is not to “cure” but rather manage geriatric diseases, such as cataracts, arthritis, and even cognitive decline.

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Senior Pet Questionnaire

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Rabbit History Form

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Chloe McMenamin RVN, BSc VN, CH

Chloe McMenamin is a lecturer of Applied Animal Health in the veterinary nursing department of Unitec Institute of Technology, which is part of Te Pūkenga Aotearoa New Zealand. Chloe earned a Bachelor of Science in veterinary nursing from University College Dublin, then came to Aotearoa New Zealand to work as an exotic and wildlife veterinary nurse.

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Avian Neonatology and Pediatrics

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Avian Quick Links

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Basic Information Sheet: Pionus

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Marianne Wikdahl, RVT

Marianne Wikdahl graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2011….In 2017, Marianne returned to her home country Norway, and is currently working at Sveberg Dyrehospital, a small animal clinic outside of Trondheim. Marianne has a special interest in exotic mammal medicine and has worked with a wide range of exotic species throughout her career so far. She is currently studying the Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Small Mammals (Girling & Fraser), which she aims to complete in 2022.

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Anneliese Strunk, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Anneliese Strunk is the Residency Director and a senior associate at The Center for Bird & Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington. Dr. Strunk obtained her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1995, graduating Magna Cum Laude from TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Anneliese spent her first year out of school as an associate at the Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital in Austin, Texas, seeing small animal and exotic cases. Dr. Strunk then completed an internship in exotic animal, wildlife and zoo medicine at the. University of Georgia in 2002, followed by a 3-year residency in companion avian and exotic pet medicine at the University of California at Davis. After completing her residency, Dr. Strunk moved across the country to…

Alyssa Scagnelli, DVM

Alyssa Scagnelli is an associate veterinarian at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic (AEAC) in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Scagnelli earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After graduation, she completed two academic internships at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine. Her last year at LSU was entirely devoted to companion, wildlife, zoo, and aquarium medicine and conservation. In addition to working at AEAC, Dr. Scagnelli is also adjunct faculty at Midwestern University School of Veterinary Medicine…

Byron de la Navarre, DVM

Byron de la Navarre is chief of staff at Animal House of Chicago, Complete Veterinary Care, which he opened in 2000. Byron attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, where he completed Honors Research in the captive husbandry and breeding of peregrine falcons at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Byron then attended the veterinary college at Cornell, earning his DVM degree in 1990. While in veterinary school, he externed at over 12 zoos in North & Central America, Europe, and Israel. After completing an internship, Dr. de la Navarre worked in private practice, including Niles Animal Hospital & Bird Medical Center in the Chicago area…

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Reptile Venipuncture Teaching Module

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Charles Cummings, DVM CertAqV

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2022 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest

Lafeber Company was proud to sponsor the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) Veterinary Technology Client Education Materials Contest. Credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary technologists, veterinary nurses, as well as students in this field were encouraged to submit a two-page, English-language educational handout (1500 words or less) about a companion exotic mammal health and wellness topic.

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Blood Collection in Turtles and Tortoises

Successful venipuncture can be a challenge in turtles and tortoises, however hematology and biochemistry results serve as an important part of the minimum database in chelonians just as they do for all veterinary patients. Use this video, or text with still images, to review the equipment needed and sample handling recommendations as well as the potential complications and proper approach to the jugular vein, brachial vein, subcarapacial vessel, and dorsal coccygeal sinus in the chelonian.

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2022 AEMV Veterinary Medical Student Case Report Contest

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Avian Cardiology Essentials

Cardiovascular disease commonly occurs in companion birds and poses a serious threat to the quality of life and longevity of many avian species. This live, interactive, RACE-approved webinar was presented by avian veterinarian, Brenna Fitzgerald. Topics discussed include key features of avian cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, risk factors, as well as specific clinical disease states, including atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, and pericardial disease and effusion. This lecture also reviewed essential elements of a diagnostic workup, and current treatment approaches that can improve longevity and quality of life for these patients.

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Blood Collection in Lizards

Hematology and biochemistry results are an important part of the minimum database for all veterinary patients, including lizards. Proper venipuncture technique is critical for accurate interpretation of laboratory results. Blood samples are most frequently collected from the ventral coccygeal vein and jugular vein in lizards; however, the site selected can depend on a variety of factors including the preferences and experience of the phlebotomist, the volume of blood needed, patient size and temperament, and of course the species involved.

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Blood Collection in Snakes

Proper patient handling, blood collection technique and sample handling are all critical for accurate interpretation of hematology and biochemistry in all patients, including snakes. Use the video or text with still images to review equipment needed as well as the potential complications and proper approach to the ventral coccygeal vein and the heart, the two most common venipuncture sites in the snake.

Brenna Fitzgerald, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

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