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Lab Assistant 

If you are interested in becoming a Lab Assistant for the 2014 Conference, please complete the
Lab Assistant Application


Lab Assistant Information and Policies

Lab Assistants will be working under the direction of the Lab Coordinator, Dr. Steve Metz, as well as the Presenter for each Lab.  You will be notified of your Lab Assistant assignment in July 2014, via email.


To apply, please take the following steps: 

  1. Register and pay for the conference. For complete program, go to our website at under the Conference tab. 
  2. Complete the Assistantship Application and fax, email or mail it to the Conference Office by June 15, 2014. 

Practical Labs:  Tuesday, August 5

*Indicates sessions that are open to Technicians

  • Introduction to Avian Laser Surgery (Advanced) - Douglas Mader, Session 3005
  • Avian Radiography:  Technique & Interpretation (Intermediate)* - Ryan Devoe, Session 3050
  • Surgical Procedures of the Psittacine Skull (Intermediate-Advanced) - Brian Speer & Scott Echols, Session 3010
  • Avian Female Reproductive Tract Surgery (Advanced) - Brian Speer & Scott Echols, Session 3055
  • Egg Diagnosis (Basic - Advanced)* - J. Jill Heatley, Session 3060
  • Anesthesia/Emergency Support & Diagnostic Surgical Techniques (Basic - Intermerdiate)* - Laurie Degernes, Session 3015
  • Bird Basics: Grooming, Sample Collection, and Techniques Common in Avian Medicine (Basic)* - Julie Whittington, Session 3065
  • Orthopedic Management of the Avian Wing (Intermediate-Advanced) - Julie Ponder, Session 3020
  • Getting Your Hands Wet with Fish: How to Work Up Fish Cases (Basic - Advanced)* - Lester Khoo / Drury Reavill / Mike Corcoran, Session 3025
  • Avian Necropsy (Intermediate - Advanced)* - Gerry Dorrestein, Session 3070
  • How to Intubate Almost any Exotic Companion Mammal* - Angela Lennox / Daniel Johnson, Session 3075 


Contact the Conference Office at 608-268-4714 or



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