Fowl Detectives


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Save the Date for a continuing education webinar “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.

Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021

Time: 3 pm EDT (New York)

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There are a growing number of individuals that own backyard chickens. These poultry are kept not for only pleasure but also as a source of eggs. In fact, one of the hottest commodities during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic was the demand for day-old chicks as many individuals wanted to raise their own source of eggs for food sustainability.

Backyard and/or small flock poultry medicine is increasing in demand and the need to serve the medical needs of this animal population are in much demand. There are few courses, if any, dedicated to poultry medicine in current veterinary school curricula, but many veterinarians can further their education by attending continuing educational conferences. Veterinarians can  apply their knowledge, skills, and training to work with poultry species.

In this seminar, we will discuss the basic approach to the poultry patient, beginning with the  physical exam and the clinical signs observed. It is important to know and understand the clues provided so that an expedient diagnosis can be made to assist client and patient. A thorough history of the poultry patient must be obtained to narrow the differential diagnoses list. In should be mentioned that poultry have unique anatomical differences from mammals, and this will affect the clinical approach in working up poultry cases. In addition, poultry diseases often  impact multiple organ systems, which may stump the novice poultry medicine practitioner. This webinar will also review the diseases that should be considered when examining different anatomical structures and the clues that allow the practitioner to develop a differential diagnosis list. Though these discussions, we will review common diseases of backyard poultry that are frequently seen in private practice.



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Wyandotte chicken

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  • Introduction
    • Tools for the practitioner
    • Becoming a fowl detective to aid in diagnosis


  • Physical examination
    • Overall structure and symmetry
      • Body condition
      • Skeletal diseases
      • Feather-related diseases
    • Examining the head
      • Basic exam
      • Eyes
        • Eye examination
        • Diseases of the eye
        • Swelling around the eyes
      • Ornaments
        • Diseases of the combs and wattles
        • Diseases of the snood
      • Oropharynx                                
        • Exam
        • Diseases
      • Extremities
      • Vent region


  • Clinical signs
    • Respiratory issues
    • Digestive disorders
    • Reproductive findings
  • Age and types of diseases
  • Solving the cases


About the presenter

Dr. Teresa Morishita is a Professor of Poultry Medicine & Food Safety and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Morishita attended the University of California at Davis (UCD) and received a dual Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree. Wanting to gain additional skills in clinical avian medicine, she completed a residency in avian/poultry medicine from UCD and became a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. She also earned her PhD in comparative pathology… [Learn more].


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RACE approval

This program is approved for 1 hour of continuing credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

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Morishita T. Fowl detectives:  Using physical exam & clinical signs to diagnose poultry diseases. LafeberVet web site. July 13, 2021. Available at