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Exotics

Christopher Cripps, DVM
Owner, Betterbee

Honey Bees – Need for the Veterinarian
Background on the FDA rule changes that hit January 1, 2017 will be covered and basic honey bee biology will be discussed.

Honey Bees – Role of the Veterinarian
Where does the veterinarian fit into organized beekeeping? What duties will the veterinarian have? What type of paperwork will the veterinarian need to have? During this session, these questions will be answered plus learn how to light a smoker and how to dress.
 
Honey Bees – Bacterial Diseases
American foulbrood and European foulbrood are the major bacterial diseases of honey bees that will invoke antibiotic orders from the veterinarian. What can/should be treated?

Honey Bees – Varroa Mites
These mites are the bane of the beekeeper. They are found throughout the country and are the most common problem for beekeepers.

Honey Bees – Other Disease and Conditions
During this session, the following diseases and conditions will be covered: Nosema, sacbrood, tracheal mites, laying workers, and queenlessness.

Honey Bees – Getting Started as a Bee Vet
During this session, Dr. Cripps will provide example visits to beekeepers and explain what kind of things will they ask, what will you see, what should you do, and what services you should you offer.


Peter DiGeronimo, VMD, MSc
Staff Veterinarian, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Analgesia in Exotic Pets
This lecture is intended as a review of appropriate analgesic choices and dosing regimens for exotic companion animals commonly seen in private practice, including rabbits and rodents, ferrets, birds and reptiles. Indications and contraindications for various analgesics will be discussed for each species. Analgesic options and doses will be suggested according to the most current literature to allow clinicians to confidently take an evidence-based approach to exotics practice.

Avian Radiography
Radiography is an important diagnostic tool in avian practice to evaluate skeletal and visceral structures. This lecture will cover physical and chemical restraint techniques, appropriate positioning of avian patients to obtain diagnostic orthogonal radiographs, the identification of normal avian radiographic anatomy, and how to interpret some common radiographic abnormalities.

Introduction to Amphibian Medicine
Amphibians are popular pets and a rarely tapped niche market in primate care exotics practice. This lecture will give a general overview of amphibian taxonomy, clinical anatomy, husbandry and clinical techniques. Focus will be given to species commonly kept as pets. This lecture is intended to prepare clinicians to evaluate history and husbandry, perform physical examination, and devise diagnostic and therapeutic plans for amphibian patients.

Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry
Rabbits and rodents are often presented to veterinarians for dental problems such as overgrown teeth. This lecture will review the normal dentition and oral anatomy of rabbis and pe rodents (guinea pigs and chinchillas) and the diagnosis and treatment of dental disease. Clinical techniques including intra-oral exam, incisor trims, premolar/molar crown reductions (“floating the cheek teeth”), and adjunctive medical therapy will be discussed.

Hedgehogs and Sugar Gliders
Hedgehogs and sugar gliders are popular pocket pets that present unique challenges to veterinarians due to their peculiar anatomy. This lecture will cover the husbandry, behavior and appropriate dietary recommendations of hedgehogs and sugar gliders. Common presenting complaints of hedgehogs (oral disease, neoplasia, “wobblers,” dermatitis) and of sugar gliders (lethargy, seizures, orchiectomy) will be discussed.

Updates on Ferret Medicine
Ferrets are popular pets seen by small animal clinicians as dog and cat medicine is often easily translatable to ferrets. Novel treatment modalities, ongoing research, and (in) availability of certain pharmaceuticals is changing how we as clinicians treat our ferret patients. This lecture will take an evidence-based approach by reviewing some of the recent literature on ferret medicine. Novel preventative care options, alternative therapeutic recommendations, and emerging diseases will be discussed.