Client Education Handout 

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 fun 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.

Client Education Handout 

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. This client education handout was awarded third place in the 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Contest, sponsored by Lafeber Company.

Client Education Handout 

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.

Client Education Handout 

Nutritional Requirements for Guinea Pigs

This client education handout reviews the nutritional requirements in 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. This client education handout was awarded second place in the 2021 AEMV Veterinary Technology Student Contest, sponsored by Lafeber Company.

Client Education Handout 

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.

Client Education Handout 

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.

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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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, FANZCVS

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…

Quiz 

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.

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…

Client Education Handout 

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.

Video  Webinar 

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.

“Liberating Wings: The Possibility of Transformative Parrot Conservation” by Dr. LoraKim Joyner for the University of Florida

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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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 […]

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Clinical Approach to Amphibian Emergencies Quiz

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Christina Miller, RVT

Christina Miller is a Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT) working at Russell Lake Animal Hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Originally from Montreal, Quebec (QC), Christina has worked as a veterinary technician since 2004 while studying animal health technology at Vanier College (Ville St-Laurent, QC). She graduated with honors in 2006 and was awarded the Prix […]

Article  Case Study  Slideshow 

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.

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Avian Orthopedics Quiz

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AEMV Veterinary Technology Client Education Materials Contest

Lafeber Company is proud to sponsor the inaugural Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Veterinary Technician and Technician Student Client Education Materials Contest.

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Snake Necropsy Data Collection Form and Checklist

The postmortem exam is a key diagnostic tool used to understand the reasons for the animal’s antemortem clinical compromise and/or cause of death. A necropsy can also provide valuable information to benefit other animals in a population and it can also help provide closure for a grieving owner.

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Clinical Approach to Amphibian Emergencies

Save the Date for a live, interactive, continuing education webinar presented by Douglas Whiteside, DVM, DVSc, DACZM, DECZM (Zoo Health Management). Topics covered will include clinically relevant anatomy and physiology, obtaining a detailed history, triage and emergency therapies, clinical examination, diagnostic testing, analgesia, nutritional support, hospitalization, and euthanasia.

Avian Medicine: Emergencies & Resuscitation

As part of the Lafeber Company Student Program, Dr. Deborah Monks of the Brisbane Bird & Exotics Service presented this live, interactive distance-learning event for the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Exotics Club as well as the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Douglas P. Whiteside, DVM, DVSc, DACZM, DECZM (ZHM)

Dr. Doug Whiteside is an Associate Professor of Conservation Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Senior Staff Veterinarian at the Calgary Zoo. He also is a member of the Wildlife Health & Ecology Research Group and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Calgary. Doug is the amphibian taxon advisory group veterinarian for Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of Alberta’s Amphibian and Reptile Specialist Group and the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team…

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Sedation and Pain Management in Exotic Companion Mammals Quiz

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Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Case Challenge Discussion

Husbandry-related conditions are very common in reptiles, and nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism is frequently recognized in clinical practice. The discussion portion of this Case Challenge reviews pathogenesis, history, examination findings, and diagnostic test results with radiography, and clinical pathology. Key points of case management are explored, including correction of husbandry and dietary factors, management of hypocalcemia, as well as stabilization and supportive care. Prognosis and prevention are also discussed.

Ryan O’Shea, CVT

Ryan O’Shea is a certified veterinary technician and graduate of St. Petersburg College with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. The majority of Ryan’s professional life has been focused on zoo animal health and well-being and he is active member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, having served as the veterinary technician liaison from 2011-2013…

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Sedation & Pain Management of Exotic Companion Mammals

Dario d’Ovidio, DVM, MS, SpecPACS, DECZM (Small Mammals) presented this live, interactive, webinar, RACE-approved for 1 hour of continuing education.

Dario d’Ovidio, DVM, MS, SpecPACS, DECZM (Small Mammals)

Dario d’Ovidio is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small Mammals) and a European Board of Veterinary Specialisation European Veterinary Specialist in Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery. He has also been a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2009. In 2009 he completed an externship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. d’Ovidio is currently the Head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service at the Clinica Veterinaria Malpensa in Samarate, Italy. He is also a referral veterinarian for exotic pets in Naples and a visiting Professor at the Universities of Naples and Parma, Italy…

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Rabbit Husbandry Basics Slideshow

Key points of rabbit husbandry are summarized in this brief Rabbit Husbandry Basics slideshow, designed to serve as a quick clinical refresher for the veterinary health professional. Review the slideshow or read the more detailed Basic Rabbit Care client education handout to review diet, housing, including “bunny proofing”, as well as handling tips for the house rabbit owner.

Article  Teaching Module 

Rabbit Basics Teaching Module

Welcome to LafeberVet’s Rabbit Basics Teaching Module. Level 1 is designed to provide information that the veterinary health professional should know before laying hands on the rabbit patient, including common rabbit breeds, clinically relevant anatomy, behavior, and husbandry.

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Introduction to Avian Orthopedics

As part of the Lafeber Company Student Program, Dr. David Scott of the Carolina Raptor Center presented this distance-learning event for the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Zoo & Wildlife Society. View this 61-minute presentation, RACE-approved for 1 hour of continuing education. Dr. Scott explores proper triage, prognosis, and repair options for various fractures as well as post-operative care and protocols, including physical therapy.

David Scott, DVM

Dr. David Scott has served as the Staff Veterinarian at the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2008. Dr. Scott is the author of Raptor Medicine, Surgery, and Rehabilitation and The Red Tailed Hawk: A Surgical Dissection. He is also a software engineer and has developed the RaptorMed medical records software system, specifically designed for the medical management and husbandry of all types of animals…

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Anesthetic Depth in Exotic Animals: Monitoring the Degree of Central Nervous System Depression

A dedicated anesthetist should be assigned to monitor every patient during the perianesthetic period. The anesthetist is fundamental to patient safety because she assures the patient is not aware, not moving, and not in pain, all while maintaining stable anesthetic depth. A deep plane of anesthesia can lead to hypoventilation and hypoxemia, reduced cardiac output, hypotension, inadequate tissue perfusion, central nervous system (CNS) depression, and prolonged recovery. This review article first explores the stages of anesthesia and then discusses assessment of anesthetic depth in exotic companion mammals, birds, and reptiles.

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Anesthetic Monitoring Teaching Module

Upon completion of this RACE-approved learning aid, the participant will have a basic clinical understanding of anesthetic monitoring of exotic animal patients: birds, exotic companion mammals, and reptiles.

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Veterinary Nursing Resources

Many LafeberVet resources can serve as a useful clinical refresher for veterinary technicians or as a learning aid for students of veterinary technology, including educational videos, RACE-approved webinar recordings, teaching modules, and a variety of articles.

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Rabbit Basics Teaching Module Quiz

The Rabbit Basics Teaching Module was reviewed and approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program for 1 hour of continuing education, in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval…

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Anesthetic Monitoring Quiz

The Anesthetic Monitoring Teaching Module was reviewed and approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program for 1 hour of continuing education, in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

James Haberfield, BSc, BVMS, PGCBM, MANZCVS (Unusual Pets, Avian Health)

James Haberfield is the founder, director and a current veterinarian at Unusual Pet Vets in Australia with clinics in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. Dr. Haberfield earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) as well as a post-graduate certificate in business management (PGCBM) from Murdoch University…

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Avian Wildlife Euthanasia Techniques

Wildlife often present to veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators with conditions that warrant euthanasia. It can be difficult, however, to apply mammalian methods of euthanasia to species with unique physiology such as birds. Although the content has been RACE-approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit, this webinar recording has been indefinitely postponed.