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Exotic Medicine: General Care And Husbandry Of Companion Animal Exotics

Exotic Medicine: General Care And Husbandry Of Companion Animal Exotics

Exotic Medicine: General Care And Husbandry Of Companion Animal Exotics

Nichole Zellner, DVM
Nichole Zellner, DVM
on behalf of VetMedTeam

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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Last updated: 19 May 2017

Reference: 160608

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This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.

Description

Although rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets are not presented for services in the same numbers as cats and dogs, these pets also deserve the best medical care possible. Are you comfortable with the husbandry, behavior, physical exams, treatment, and restraint of these animals? Are you capable of providing superior client education to their owners? If not, it may be that your practice lacks effective protocols to treat these small animals and/or you have not been trained specifically in the treatment of rabbits and ferrets and pocket pets. Continuing education does not always cover these species.

This course is designed to increase your familiarity with these pets by providing species-specific information across a broad spectrum of areas. Exotic Medicine: General Care and Husbandry of Companion Animal Exotics covers ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and hedgehogs. A review in the anatomy and physiology of each species is provided along with critical husbandry and nutritional factors that are essential to their survival.

A basic approach to veterinary care presents detailed information on restraint, physical examination and venipuncture techniques along with parasites, fluid therapy, pain management and medication administration. Some team members find they enjoy working with these animals and become the “go-to” person when they are seen by the clinic. The attending veterinarian needs a team member who is aware of the special needs and concerns of these small pets. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course.

Exotic Medicine: General Care and Husbandry of Companion Animal Exotics is a 4-week course that provides expert content, practical assignments, case studies, and examinations so that participants will leave the course feeling confident in their new knowledge, and able to care for these animals. This course is designed for complete utilization of veterinary technicians, enhancing the veterinary:technician team approach in the care of exotic patients.

This course was formally titled Basic Principles of Ferrets, Rabbit and Pocket Pets.

Objectives

On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Describe anatomical and physiology structures of ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
2. Discuss safe and appropriate housing modalities for ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
3. Analyze and determine appropriate diets for ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
4. Implement safe restraint techniques for ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
5. Execute physical examinations on ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
6. Identify common parasites seen in ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
7. Demonstrate venipuncture techniques used to obtain laboratory samples in ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and pocket pets
8. Dompare and contrast ideal locations for catheter placement and fluid therapy protocols
9. Describe the importance of environmental enrichment factors in ferrets
10. Implement a pain management program for ferrets and rabbits
11. Evaluate vaccination protocols and implement vaccine reaction procedures for ferrets
12. Facilitate hand raising orphaned rabbits
13. Describe the importance of digestion and absorption, hindgut flora and fermentation in rabbits
14. Recognize the importance of cecotrophy in rabbits and evaluate dietary components for rabbits
Consider zoonotic diseases in small rodents and implement protocols to prevent the spread of such diseases
Discuss color and genetic variations in, and identify techniques used to hand raise sugar gliders
Integrate techniques to examine hedgehogs safely
Nichole Zellner, DVM

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Nichole Zellner, DVM
on behalf of VetMedTeam

Dr. Zellner is a proud alumni of Virginia Tech where she received her undergraduate degree. She went on to the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM in 2006. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Zellner moved down to Florida where she began practicing at the Avian and Animal Hospital in Largo, FL.

Dr. Zellner has a special interest in avian and exotic medicine and is pursuing board certification.

She married a fellow veterinarian and they share their home with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 snakes, and 4 birds.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
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    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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