Restraint & Handling of Small Exotic Companion Mammals Webinar


Restraint of exotic companion mammals is a challenging but necessary part of veterinary practice. In this live, interactive, web-based course, Ms. McClellan reviews the approach to predator and prey species as well as the principles of capture and restraint of several species of small exotic companion animals in a hospital setting. We will also discuss how to avoid being bitten, potential complications that can arise during restraint, as well as species-specific behavioral issues that should be considered. Once we go over the basics of handling and restraint, we will discuss restraint techniques involved for specific clinical procedures, oral examination, and drug administration. Finally, we will explore measures that can be used to reduce the stress of restraint and associated fear responses through the use of operative learning, including systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning. The goal of these client education techniques is to help provide a long-term, healthy, low-stress environment. Attendee participation will be enhanced by the inclusion of video clips.

Webinar Video

Due to technical glitches during the live event, a private recording of Ms. Darbo-McClellan’s presentation was also recorded & is shown here.

Click here to view the Question & Answer session recorded on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

The videos created by Heather Darbo-McClellan are also posted separately below.

Date Time Presenter Outline Status CE
November 16, 2014 4 pm EST Heather Darbo-McClellan,CVT, VTS (ECC) Word PDF Closed 1 hour

LafeberVet’s R.A.C.E. provider number is 776-43027. This program offered 1 hour of continuing education in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (R.A.C.E.) approval. R.A.C.E. approval for this program has expired.

Videos created by Heather Darbo-McClellan

Slide 8. Removing a guinea pig from a cage

Slide 8. Wrapping a guinea pig in a towel

Slide 9. Wrapping a rabbit in a towel

Slide 10. Removing a rabbit from a cage

Slide 15. Hedgehog restraint

Slide 16. Sugar glider restraint

Also visit for helpful videos illustrating laboratory animal restraint

Q & A session


Veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians take the post-test. With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a continuing education certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB R.A.C.E. approval.

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