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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Post-Test Australian Wildfire Series Part 1: Bushfires & Treatment of Australian Wildlife

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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…

“Medical, Nursing & Cosmetic Procedures in Birds of Prey Part 1” by Dr. Jaime Samour for the University of Tennessee

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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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

Post test for Fowl Detectives: Using Physical Exam & Clinical Signs to Diagnose Poultry Diseases

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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.

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Rabbit and Large Herbivorous Rodent Dental Disease

Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM presented a live, interactive webinar hosted by LafeberVet. View the RACE-approved, 2-hour presentation, then take the quiz to earn continuing education credit. This webinar first explores clinically relevant anatomy and pathogenesis of congenital and acquired disease. Diagnosis is then discussed, including history, the focused, five-part oral examination, as well as skull radiographs and computed tomography. Therapeutic options, such as coronal height reduction, extractions, and options for odontogenic abscessation, are then presented.

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Basic Information Sheet: Axolotl

Native to Lake Xochimilco, its canal systems, and a few neighboring waterways of Mexico City, the axolotl is a neotenic amphibian species closely related to the tiger salamander. This Basic Information Sheet reviews natural history, conservation status, and taxonomy, as well as a number of clinically relevant topics including diet, housing, behavior, restraint, and important medical conditions seen in the axolotl. Login to view references.

Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM

Krista Keller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Keller has also worked as an Avian and Exotics Telemedicine Specialist for Abaxis, Incorporated since 2014. Krista earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed an internship in companion animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University and a residency in zoological companion animal medicine at the University of California at Davis…

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Care of the Axolotl

This client education handout reviews basic care of the axolotl. Topics covered in detail include housing, such as habitat, water quality, filtration, and lighting, as well as well as diet and common health problems.

Susan Horton, DVM

Dr. Susan Horton owns Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, which she established in 2000. Dr. Horton is also a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, particularly for the amphibian and reptile board. Sue is a Past-President of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and an Editor for the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Horton has presented both nationally and internationally on exotic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Horton has also been published in the Veterinary Clinics of North America, the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, and Invertebrate Biology.

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An Introduction to Exotic Animal Medicine

Dr. Gregory Rich of Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana presented this distance-learning event on exotic animal medicine for Texas A&M University ZEW Club. This presentation was sponsored by the Lafeber Company Student Program.

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Avian Raw Whole Food Nutrition

Dr. Jason Crean of Saint Xavier University presented this distance-learning event on whole food nutrition in birds for the University of Minnesota College Veterinary Medicine ZEAW Club. This presentation was sponsored by the Lafeber Company Student Program.

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Veiled Chameleon Case Challenge Quiz

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Jason Crean, MS, EdD

Dr. Jason Crean currently teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences at Saint Xavier University-Chicago where he has instituted coursework like “Zoo Biology: Animal Nutrition, Behavior & Diagnostics.” Dr. Crean is also a zoo consultant, working with zoological institutions in the areas of nutrition, enrichment, and biologically-appropriate exhibit design. He currently serves as the Director of Science & Education at Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville, Michigan but also consults for other institutions like the Chicago Nature Museum and the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory…

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Clinical Approach to Amphibian Emergencies Quiz

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Christina Miller, RVT

Christina Miller is a Registered Veterinary Technologist working at Russell Lake Animal Hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Christina has worked as a veterinary technician since 2004 while studying animal health technology at Vanier College. She graduated with honors in 2006 and was awarded the Prix D’Excellence by the Quebec Association of Animal Health Technicians in 2007 for her work promoting high quality medicine for exotic companion animals. Over the next decade, Christina returned to Vanier to teach reptile and amphibian care…

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Case Challenge: An 8-Month-Old Chameleon With Anorexia & Lethargy

An 8-month old female veiled chameleon presents for a 3-day duration of anorexia and lethargy. Use history, physical examination findings, laboratory results and survey radiographs to solve this case challenge.

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AEMV Veterinary Medical Student Case Report Contest

Lafeber Company is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Student Case Report Contest. Veterinary medical students everywhere are eligible to submit a 2-page, English-language case report about an exotic companion mammal case seen at your college of veterinary medicine OR during an experience in a clinical setting. Submissions must be received by Friday, April 30, 2021. Entries will be evaluated and graded by members of the AEMV Research/Scientific Committee and winners will be notified May 28, 2021.