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Avian Labs 2016

AAV is pleased to present the following labs at ExoticsCon 2016. Visit for registration information.



Avian Anesthesia Lab with Emergency Support and Diagnostic Surgical Techniques 

This intermediate level anesthesia lab provides opportunities to refine skills in induction, maintenance, monitoring, and anesthesia support of inhalation (isoflurane) anesthesia. Essential emergency support techniques commonly utilized during anesthesia will be included (intravenous and intraosseous catheters and airsac cannulation), as well as two common diagnostic surgical procedures (liver biopsy and ingluviotomy).


Avian Ultrasound 

A radiologist with extensive exotic experience will begin the session with a 1 hour power point on what can and cannot be imaged in the avian species with ultrasound.  Examples of normal anatomy as well as pathology will be covered.  The didactic portion will be followed by a one hour hands on lab allowing the veterinarian to gain ultrasound experience on live birds.


Understanding Parrot Intelligence and Cognitive Abilities in Daily Practice 

Based on the scientific work of Dr. I.M. Pepperberg and the contributions of Dr. J.Hooimeijer tools will be provided to understand the intelligence of parrots and their cognitive abilities. It will enable veterinarians to deal with parrots in daily practice, to handle and manipulate parrots, to understand the background of behavior problems, to deal and solve behavior problems and to enhance the welfare of parrots in captivity and the welfare of the caretakers of parrots.

Psittacine Skull Surgery 

This lab will focus on how to surgically approach the psittacine skull.  Specifically, participants will learn how to perform sinusotomy and trephination, correct palatine luxations, address jugal fractures, perform correct beak trims, correct beak deviations and more.  Participants should leave with a much better understanding of psittacine skull anatomy and how to correct common diseases that affect the parrot head.

Flighted Psittacine Training and Behavior Management - Off-site 

Work with flighted parrots in aviaries and in free flight at the most progressive training facility for flighted companion parrots. Learn the benefits of flight, good candidates for flight, how to train for flight and how to successfully live with flighted companion parrots. Discover how flighted parrots can improve training skills as well as sensitivities to behavior and body language. Learn techniques to successfully gain cooperation and address problem behaviors when working with flighted parrots. The facility is one hour away from hotel. Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel.


Orthopedic Management of the Avian Pelvic Limb

A comprehensive approach to orthopedic management of the pelvic limb requires an understanding of patient outcome goals, reduction of morbidity and maximization of restoration of function. We will review clinically significant anatomy and methods for dealing with orthopedic conditions of the avian leg, including tibiotarsus fractures and stifle luxations. Coaptation skills will be included in addition to surgical approaches to fracture management. The focus will be on practical techniques using easily accessible equipment and materials.


Avian Ophthalmology - Principles & Application 

Based on the knowledge provided within a (the proposed) master class on avian ophthalmology the practitioner will learn about instrumentation specifically meeting the requirements of avian ophthalmology and will be enabled to go through the routine ophthalmological examination procedure including ophthalmoscopy
(i. e. fundic exam).


Magnified Surgery Simulation Laboratory 

Registrants will learn basic techniques of magnified tissue handling skills using simulation models (Surgi-Real and other models). The first half of the lab will include lecture to optimize technique and one-on-one fitting of surgical loupes for comfortable and usable results. The second half of the lab includes practicing simple interrupted suturing with 5-0 PDS and 6-0 or 7-0 nylon. There will be one station per registrant. The maximum number of registrants is 24.


Surgical Procedures of the Avian Coelom 

Surgery of the coelomic cavity of birds is not uncommon. These procedures include more complicated time-consuming surgeries of birds, and can be quite challenging. A well-developed skill set, that is continually refined and complimented by good anesthesia and patient support, can greatly improve the outcome. The purpose of this lab is to review the pertinent anatomy, surgical approaches and a variety of procedures that may be performed of the coelomic cavities of birds.


Avian Endoscopy - Getting to Grips with Coelioscopy and Visceral Biopsy 

This 4 hr wet-lab consists of a 1 hr heavily illustrated lecture followed by a 3 hr practical hands on endoscopy wetlab where attendees will learn the basics of equipment choice, patient preparations, and coelioscopy including tissue biopsy. Color handouts can also be provided. 


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