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2017 Lab Descriptions


Avian Anesthesia Lab with emergency Support & Diagnostic Surgical Techniques Lab (4 Hours) 


Laurie Degernes, DVM, MPH, DABVP (Emeritus), Director, Degernes Avian Veterinary Services, Durham, NC


This avian anesthesia practical lab will provide opportunities to develop and 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 Necropsy Technique (4 Hours)

Michael Garner, DVM, DACVP, President, Northwest ZooPath, Monroe, WA

This laboratory will demonstrate by hands-on and PowerPoint illustration the proper techniques for performing a thorough avian necropsy. At each stage of the necropsy, images will be projected of normal and abnormal tissues. Collection techniques for culture, histologic and cytologic evaluation will be addressed. Proper gross photography will also be addressed. This lab is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians to make sure they are getting the most information possible out of their patient necropsies in practice.  


Egg Assessment for Diagnosis  (4 Hours)

J Jill Heatley, MS, DVM, DABVP (Avian) Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, College Station, TX, and Glenn Olsen, DVM, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD

There are many problems in aviculture associated with failure of eggs to hatch. This four-hour lab will describe egg anatomy, assessing viability of the embryo, and how to conduct an egg autopsy with description of the likely problems associated with failure-to-hatch. Case demonstrations as well as known species differences will be reviewed.  


Gastrointestinal Surgery of Birds - From Start to Finish (4 Hours)

Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP (Avian), Echols Veterinary Services, Salt Lake City, UT, and Brian Speer, DVM, DABVP (Avian), Dipl ECZM, Medical Center for Birds Oakley, CA 

Gastrointestinal surgery of birds ranges from the relatively uncomplicated pharyngostomy tube placement to the more challenging intestinal resection and anastomosis. This lab will give participants an opportunity to perform gastrointestinal surgeries that range in location from the oral cavity to the cloaca and include ingluviotomy, liver biopsy, pancreatic biopsy, proventriculotomy, ventriculotomy, enterotomy, and more.  


Orthopedic Management of the Avian Wing (4 Hours)

Julia Ponder, DVM, MPH, University of Minnesota - The Raptor Center St. Paul, MN

A comprehensive approach to orthopedic management of the pectoral limb requires an understanding of patient outcome goals, reduction of morbidity and maximization of restoration of function. This lab will review clinically significant anatomy and present surgical and non-surgical approaches to dealing with avian forewing problems, including radius, ulna and metacarpal fractures. Indications and procedures for partial wing amputations will also be covered. The focus will be on practical techniques using easily accessible equipment and materials.  

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