Post-test: Routine Veterinary Care of the Miniature Pig

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Basic Miniature Pig Care

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

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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

This interactive, case-based presentation aims to cover the basics while also offering helpful tips, tricks, and insights for the experienced rehabilitator or veterinarian. Topics covered will 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. She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over 15 years and has worked at WRCMN for over 8 years.

Kara Burns, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) to Colorado 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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Routine Veterinary Care of the Miniature Pig


Lecture outline

Lecture topics will include:

  • Handling & restraint
    • Holding small pigs
    • Crowd/sorting board
    • Crate
    • Harness
    • “The Pig Flip”
      • Trazodone + Gabapentin
      • Midazolam
      • Midazolam + Butorphanol + Xylazine (or dexmedetomidine)
    • Chemical restraint
  • Routine veterinary procedures
    • Physical examination
      • T: 99.7-102°F
      • P: 70-80/min
      • R: 13-18/min
      • Life expectancy: 17-21 years
    • Hoof trim
    • Tusk trim (males)
    • Vaccination
    • Deworming
    • Nutrition


Mini pigs remain a surprisingly common pet, with a resurgence in popularity every few years. Owners typically […]

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.


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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2019 AEMV Student Case Report Contest

Lafeber Company is proud to sponsor the second annual

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

Student Case Report Contest


Who is eligible?

ALL veterinary students EVERYWHERE


Case report

Write a 2-page, English-language case report (1500 words or less) about an exotic companion mammal case seen at your college of veterinary medicine OR during an experience in […]

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Reproductive Disease in Reptiles

Save the Date for a RACE-approved webinar by Royal Veterinary College reptile #veterinarian, Joanna Hedley: February 27, 2019.


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.


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 is 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 is a frequent international speaker on emergency and critical care for small animals and exotics, as well as a published researcher. She is currently 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.

Mark Mitchell, MS, DVM, PhD

Mark A. Mitchell received his DVM in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in clinical epidemiology with an emphasis on wildlife medicine from the University of Illinois in 1997…

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

Liz Wilson was a certified veterinary technician and a certified parrot behavior consultant, with over 30 years of experience specializing in avian and exotic animal care…

Laurie Hess, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Laurie Hess is a board-certified avian specialist and owner of Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, New York. Dr. Hess received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and interned at the Animal Medical Center in New York city…

Lauren Powers, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Lauren Powers is service chief of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area…

Larry Nemetz, MS, DVM

Dr. Larry Nemetz received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s in veterinary anatomy.

Kitty Remington, DVM

Kitty Remington, DVM was granted Diplomate status in the avian specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners from 2001-2010…

Keven Flammer, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Keven Flammer is a professor in Companion and Wild Avian Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Flammer is board-certified in avian practice…

Kenneth Latimer, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Dr. Kenneth S. Latimer is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and a research veterinary clinical pathologist at Covance Laboratories, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin…


Dr. Kenneth J. Drobatz received his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis in 1985 and a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003…

Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Kara Burns, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) is a licensed veterinary technician with master’s degrees in physiology and counseling psychology…

Julia Ponder, DVM

Dr. Dr. julia PonderJulia Ponder is a 1984 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine…

Jose Biascoechea, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Jose Biascoechea is board-certified in avian medicine and surgery. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he proceeded with his graduate studies in Kansas State University and maintained a mobile veterinary practice for seven years before founding Birds and Exotics Animal Care in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina since July 2000…

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Exotic Companion Animal)

Jody Nugent-Deal is a registered veterinary technician and a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia/analgesia and clinical practice – exotic companion animal. Jody has worked for the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Small Animal Anesthesia Department, where she is the supervisor. Ms. Nugent-Deal is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials and appeals committees.

Joanne Moeller, LVT

Joanne Moeller has enjoyed working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for the last 35 years…

Jill Murray, RVT, VTS (Exotic Companion Animals-AVTCP)

Jill Murray is a registered veterinary technician and veterinary technician specialist in exotic companion animal medicine…

Jeffrey Jenkins, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Jeff Jenkins has been the owner of the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital in San Diego, California since 1987…

Jeffrey Applegate, DVM

Dr. Jeffrey Applegate is an associate veterinarian in the Avian and Exotics Department of the Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital…

Jeannine Miesle, MA

Jeannine Miesle has gained practical avian experience over the years caring for birds she has adopted and rescued…