Restraint & Handling of Small Exotic Companion Mammals Webinar


Restraint of exotic companion mammals is a challenging but necessary part of veterinary practice. 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. She also discusses how to avoid being bitten, potential complications that can arise during restraint, as well as species-specific behavioral issues that should be considered. Once the basics of handling and restraint are reviewed, restraint techniques involved for specific clinical procedures, oral examination, and drug administration are discussed. This presentation concludes with 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 was enhanced by the inclusion of video clips.


Webinar recording

The webinar recording of this live, interactive, web-based course is RACE-approved for veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses.

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


Scroll down 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

RACE program number 752665 offers 1 hour of non-interactive continuing education in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (R.A.C.E.) approval.


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.


Test your knowledge

To cite this page:

Darbo-McClellan H. Restraint & handling of small exotic companion mammals webinar. LafeberVet web site. Nov 13, 2014. Available at