Zoonoses Associated with Exotic Pets

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Save the Date for a continuing education webinar presented by Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH MPPA, DABVP (Avian), DACVPM

Date:  Sunday, January 30, 2022

Time:  3 pm EST (New York); What time is that in my time zone?

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Zoonoses are diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans, and some estimate that 75% of emerging human infectious diseases are zoonotic. Many of these zoonoses come from non-domestic animals. This live, interactive webinar presented by Dr. Marcy Souza will provide an overview of more common zoonoses associated with non-domestic or exotic pets, including but not limited to salmonellosis, influenza, chlamydiosis, monkeypox, rabies, Mycobacterium sp., and various parasitic diseases. Recent outbreaks of zoonoses in exotic pets and people will be highlighted. We will also discuss the potential role of non-domestic species in the emergence and/or transmission of novel pathogens in the future.


Lecture outline

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  • What is a zoonoses?
    • Estimates regarding the impact of zoonoses on human populations
  • What species are we talking about today?
    • Birds:  Psittaciformes, Passeriformes, Columbiformes, Galliformes
    • Mammals:  rodents, rabbits, ferrets, hedgehogs
    • Reptiles:  chelonians, snakes, lizards
  • Major zoonoses of concern:  species, signs in animals (if any), symptoms in people, preventive measures, recent outbreaks
    • Rabies
    • Mycobacterium sp.
    • Parasitic diseases
      • Baylisascaris procyonis
      • Giardia sp.
      • Cryptosporidium sp.
  • Non-domestic species as drivers of disease emergence
  • General prevention strategies for unknown diseases


About the presenter

Dr. Marcy J. Souza is a Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Wildlife Medicine at the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University (2004) and a Master of Public Health at UT (2008). Marcy is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine… [MORE]


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Webinar FAQ

How do I view the live webinar event?

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email via Zoom. To access the webinar on January 30, simply select the Join Webinar button OR copy and paste your personalized URL link into your browser.

When entering the webinar “room”, you will be prompted to download webinar service software. This software can be downloaded immediately before the webinar or right now to ensure a pleasant, viewing experience.

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All you need is a computer (or similar device) with an internet connection. Provided your computer has speakers (can you listen to music?) you will be able to view and listen to the webinar.

What web browsers are recommended?
Recommended browsers include Internet Explorer 8 or greater, Mozilla Firefox 3 or greater, Google Chrome or Safari 4 or later. Adobe® Flash® Player 11.3 or later must be installed.

What if I’d like to view the course on a mobile device?
Apps for viewing the webinar are available for Apple devices and Android devices.

Will I be able to ask questions?
If you attend the live webinar, you will be able to ask questions by typing into a chat box on the webinar screen. The speaker will read out and answer as many of the questions as possible.

What happens if I miss the live webinar?
The webinar will be recorded, and the recorded version will be available for viewing after the live presentation.

Additional questions or concerns?
Please contact LafeberVet at vetinfo@lafeber.com.


RACE approval

This program 863875 is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Continuing Education (RACE) to offer a total of 1.00 CE credits to any one veterinarian and/or 1.00 veterinary technician CE credit. This RACE approval is for the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. 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 validate the content of the program.

To cite this page:

Souza MJ. Zoonoses associated with exotic pets. LafeberVet web site. December 10, 2021. Available at  https://lafeber.com/vet/zoonoses-associated-with-exotic-pets/