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2016 Annual Conference Workshops

Animal Training for Veterinary Procedures


Instructors: 
 

Rebecca Bearman, BS, MS
Jodi Carrigan, BS
Lynn Yakubinis, BS 

Date/Time: Saturday, 16 July, 8 am – 5 pm

Maximum Participants: 24

Location: Zoo Atlanta

Transportation included, Bus departure will be at the exit doorway in conference room, Grand Hall East at 7:25 AM EST

Summary: Positive reinforcement training has been proven to improve animal welfare while decreasing risk to staff and animals during a variety of medical procedures. This workshop will prepare zoo vets to work alongside keepers using this amazing tool. Information will be provided in the form of lectures and demonstrations giving attendees the opportunity to see keepers working with a multitude of species, using a wide variety of behaviors that make their health care simpler for everyone involved.

Lunch will be provided.

Cost: $200


Diagnostic Cytology of Exotic Species


Instructors: 
 Nicole Stacy, DVM, DrMedVet, DACVP (Clinical)

Date/Time: Saturday, 16 July,  8am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 35

Location: Conference Hotel

Summary: This 4-hour workshop offers an overview of optimal sample handling and processing of cytology
specimens of various exotic species (amphibians, fish, reptiles, birds, exotic mammals), and provides a systematic and practical approach to cytologic evaluation in general, as well as specifically for cytology samples by organ system. An interactive case-based discussion will then build upon the presented material and provide application of the previously discussed material. Since microscopes will not be available for the individual workshop participant, high quality projected images will be used during lectures and case discussion. Notes for workshop participants will be delivered via Dropbox prior to the workshop. It is recommended to download the app “Notability”prior to the workshop to facilitate the addition of notes to provided pdf files during lectures.

Cost: $150


Reptile Ultrasonography


Instructors: 
 Mason Savage, DVM, DACVR

Date/Time: Saturday, 16 July, 8am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 24

Location: Zoo Atlanta

Transportation included, Bus departure will be at the exit doorway in conference room, Grand Hall East at 7:25 AM EST

Summary: The first half of this workshop will involve lectures on ultrasonographic techniques in reptiles and visualization of normal ultrasonographic appearance of internal organs. The participants will then be able to perform the ultrasonogram on live, manually restrained animals to become familiar with the ultrasonographic techniques and normal anatomy and ultrasonographic appearance of most of the internal organs.

Cost: $300


Introduction to ZIMS for Medical Software

Instructors:  

Rachel Thompson, DVM
Andrew Teare, DVM 

Date/Time: Saturday, 16 July 8am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Location: Conference Hotel

Summary: As with any complex software, learning to efficiently navigate through the features available in ZIMS might seem like a task that is just too large for your available time. This overview session will orient clinicians to the organization of the record modules, discuss methods to efficiently retrieve information from the system, demonstrate how to use calendar functions to help organize and communicate daily tasks to staff and familiarize clinicians with the global and regional resources available within the ZIMS database. If you are new to ZIMS, your institution is preparing to move to ZIMS or you would just like a better understanding of how ZIMS features can assist you with daily job tasks, this session will enhance your skills and knowledge about this electronic medical records system. This will be a ‘hands-on’ learning session and participants will need to bring a laptop with wireless access. Chrome is the preferred browser, but all major browsers will support access to ZIMS.

Cost: $100

Making ZIMS work for you

Instructors:  

Rachel Thompson, DVM
Andrew Teare, DVM 

Date/Time: Saturday, 16 July,  1pm- 5pm 

Maximum Participants: 30

Location: Conference Hotel

Summary: Whether you need to comply with statutory laws, national agency regulations or just help ensure that your institution fulfils the requirements for continued membership in a regional zoological association, maintaining excellent medical records is now a job requirement for many zoo clinicians. This workshop session will focus on the features in ZIMS that can save you time and data entry effort. Learn how to spend less time on data entry, while still maintaining high quality medical records. Newer features of ZIMS, including pathology records, aquatic enclosure treatments and the global resources for drug usage, anesthesia and physiological reference intervals will also be discussed. This will be a ‘hands-on’ learning session and participants will need to bring a laptop with wireless access. Chrome is the preferred browser, but all major browsers will support access to ZIMS.

Cost: $100

23rd Annual AAZV/CL Davis Foundation for Zoo and Wildlife Pathology

Instructors:
Dalen Agnew, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Bruce Rideout, DVM, PhD, DACVP 

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8 am – 5 pm

Maximum Participants: 80

Location: Conference Hotel

Summary: This eight-hour workshop brings together zoo veterinarians and pathologists for a full day of discussion of interesting cases and a didactic lecture on a hot topic in zoo and wildlife pathology. This year's theme will be Wildlife in a Changing World –Emerging diseases, climate change, and urbanization. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Kevin Keel, Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, University of California, Davis. Dr. Keel's primary research interest is emerging infectious diseases of wildlife promoted by anthropogenic factors, particularly with white nose syndrome in bats, and emerging diseases of white-tailed deer and wild carnivores. Cases from pathologists from around the world will be enlisted to illustrate relevant diseases throughout an interactive morning session. The afternoon session will include examples of the most interesting cases pathologists and clinicians have seen over the last year.

Lunch is NOT included.

Clinician Cost: $175
Student Cost: $100

Avian Coelioscopy with Visceral Biopsy


Instructors: 
 Stephen J. Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8 am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 24

Location: Emory University
Transportation included, Bus departure will be at the exit doorway in conference room, Grand Hall East at 7:25 AM EST

Summary: This 4 hr course focuses on the practical application of diagnostic rigid endoscopy in birds. A 1-hr video-illustrated lecture including basic equipment, patient preparation/positioning, and coelioscopic techniques including biopsy, will be followed by 3 hrs of hands-on practical using non-recovery pigeons. Registrants are expected to review their avian anatomy prior to attendance, and bring clean scrubs, 2-3 pairs of their preferred surgical gloves, and a small surgery pack (small scalpel handle, small rat-tooth forceps, atraumatic tissue forceps, small metzenbaums, small straight hemostats, small needle drivers). Handouts will be provided ahead of time via DropBox for participants to download and print. All procedures approved by the UGA/Emory Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.

Lunch NOT included.

Cost: $350
All Day Cost: $650 (includes box lunch and Turtle Endoscopy workshop)

Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Medicine: Current Clinical Topics and Cardiac Pathology Prosection

Instructors:
Kathryn C. Gamble DVM, MS, Dipl ACZM, DIP ECZM, Chimpanzee SSP Co-Veterinary Advisor
Karen Terio DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Chimpanzee SSP Pathology Advisor
Kay Backues DVM, Dip ACZM, Chimpanzee SSP Co-Veterinary Advisor

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8am-12 pm

Maximum Participants: 30 

Location: Zoo Atlanta

Transportation included, Bus departure will be at the exit doorway in conference room, Grand Hall East at 7:25 AM EST

Summary: Current topics in chimpanzee health management and great ape cardiac pathology (4 hours):
Co-hosted by SSP veterinary and pathology advisors, this seminar will review morbidity and mortality trends and specific highlights for AZA-housed chimpanzees for the last 20-25 years. Additionally, non-human primate pharmaceutic updates for the past 10 years will be reviewed, including an emphasis on contraception needs.
As a known species predisposition, cardiac disease will be discussed as ante-mortem presentation, monitoring, and treatment from reviewed mortalities and clinical management experience. Post-mortem approach to optimal diagnosis and tissue management for great apes will be presented and demonstrated with focus on cardiac tissue handling. Attendees will be provided preserved cardiac specimens for hands-on, guided prosection techniques. 

Cost: $250

Elasmobranch Diagnostics and Imaging  (SOLD OUT)

Instructors:  

Alexa McDermott Delaune, DVM
Natalie D. Mylinczenko, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8 am – 5 pm

Maximum Participants: 16

Location: Georgia Aquarium 

Participants will be expected to walk the 0.6 miles (13 minute) from the hotel to the Georgia Aquarium in the morning. Walking maps will be provided from the main hotel lobby departure area. Bus transportation back to the hotel at 5pm will be provided.

Summary: This workshop will be divided into lecture and hands-on components. The first lectures will review of elasmobranch physiology, anatomy, husbandry, and handling as well as diagnostic imaging techniques. Following the morning lectures, participants will observe anesthetic examinations of live animals which will include a full physical examination, blood draw, coelomic aspirate, and ultrasound examination. Afternoon lectures will discuss common elasmobranch diseases, diagnostic tests, and treatments. After lectures are complete, participants will practice exam techniques including blood draw, gill clip, skin scrape, coelomic aspirate, and ultrasound using preserved and/or thawed specimens of various species. The workshop will be directed at clinical zoological veterinarians wishing to learn more about elasmobranch medicine. Handouts will be provided. Lunch is not provided for this workshop but can be purchased during the lunch break.

Cost: $325

Free-ranging Wildlife Disease and Mortality Investigations—from Outbreaks to Surveillance

Instructors:  
Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM, PhD, DACZM
Heather Fenton,DVM, MVSc, Dipl. ACVP

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8 am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 25

Location: Conference Hotel

Summary: Wildlife disease and mortality investigations are conducted to determine 1) the cause, 2) its significance, either to individuals or often, more importantly, populations, 3) assess whether the disease at hand might have some significance to public or domestic animal health, 4) attempt to identify management options to either prevent or control such events repeating in the future. As such, investigations should follow a careful, well-thought out plan. Investigations are often initiated by an epizootic, and may also be followed by surveillance. We will first outline the skeleton of an investigation and common surveillance plans, and then follow that with group exercises to practice some of the methods commonly applied through real-life cases. The cases will also elucidate some of the salient points of disease investigation—some examples would include their legal implications, appropriate biological sample collection and storage, experimental design and sample size calculations.

Cost: $150

Aquatic Life Support and Environmental Monitoring

Instructors:  

Allen LaPointe
Bill Van Bonn, DVM
Eric Hall
Susan Goodbridge 

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8am - 5pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Location: Georgia Aquarium
Participants will be expected to walk the 0.6 miles (13 minute) from the hotel to the Georgia Aquarium. Walking maps will be provided from the main hotel lobby departure area. Bus transportation back to the hotel at 5pm will be provided.

Summary: This workshop will present current considerations and practices for terrestrial exhibit and aquatic exhibit life support systems as well as focused look at noise, light and air quality. It will include visits to existing operational systems within the Georgia Aquarium, equipment demonstrations and time for questions and discussion. Lunch is not provided for this workshop but can be purchased during the lunch break.

Cost: $300

The Importance of Behavioral Conditioning and Environmental Enrichment in Aquatic Animals

(This is a student-only workshop open to veterinary students, interns, and residents.)

Instructors:
Tonya M. Clauss DVM, MS
Chelsea E. Anderson DVM
Dennis Christen

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8 am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Location: Georgia Aquarium
Students will be expected to walk to and from the Georgia Aquarium which is 0.6 miles, approximately a 13 minute walk. Walking maps will be provided from the main hotel lobby departure area.

Summary: Ever wonder how cetaceans are trained for venipuncture or rays are stretcher trained for exams? Operant conditioning is a vital tool used by animal husbandry and veterinary staffs to encourage behavior that helps ensure the highest level of care is provided to animals in our collections. This ½ day workshop will include an introductory lecture focusing on the basics of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, as well as the benefits of environmental enrichment, and be followed by several live demonstrations. Students will gain an understanding of how these techniques and practices enhance animal care and general well-being through first hand demonstrations with a variety of aquatic species. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions with accomplished Animal Care and Training specialists experienced in the successful application of operant conditioning and environmental enrichment. At the completion of the workshop, participants will understand the basics and appreciate the importance of operant conditioning and environmental enrichment in aquatic animal health management. This is a student-only workshop open to veterinary students, interns, and residents.

Cost: $100

Venomous Reptile Handling Techniques

(This is a student-only workshop open to veterinary students, interns, and residents.)

Instructors:  Brad Lock, DVM, DACZM

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 8 am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 24

Location: Zoo Atlanta

Transportation included, Bus departure will be at the exit doorway in conference room, Grand Hall East at 7:25 AM EST

Summary: The first half of this workshop will involve lectures on safe venomous reptile handling techniques. The second half of the workshop participants will observe live demonstrations on the use of a wide range of equipment used to safely restrain and treat venomous reptiles. This is a student-only workshop open to veterinary students, interns, and residents.

Cost: $125

Turtle coelioscopy with visceral biopsy and/or endoscope-assisted ovariectomy 

Instructors:  Stephen J. Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS

Date/Time: Sunday, 17 July, 1pm – 5 pm

Maximum Participants: 24

Location: Emory University
Transportation included, Bus departure will be at the exit doorway in conference room, Grand Hall East at 7:25 AM EST

Summary: This 4 hr course focuses on the practical application of diagnostic rigid endoscopy in turtles. A 1-hr video-illustrated lecture including basic equipment, patient preparation/positioning, and coelioscopic techniques including biopsy and endoscope-assisted ovariectomy, will be followed by 3 hrs of hands-on practical using non-recovery red-eared sliders. Registrants are expected to review their chelonian anatomy prior to attendance, and bring clean scrubs, 2-3 pairs of their preferred surgical gloves, and a small surgery pack (small scalpel handle, small rat-tooth forceps, atraumatic tissue forceps, small metzenbaums, small straight hemostats, small needle drivers). Handouts will be provided. All procedures approved by the UGA/Emory Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.  

Lunch NOT included.

Cost: $350
All Day Cost: $650 (includes box lunch and Avian Endoscopy workshop)

How to Talk to Anyone - Building Strong Interpersonal Communication Skills

Instructor: Cindy Anderson

Date/Time: Friday, 22 July, 8:00 am – 12 pm

Maximum Participants: 100
Location: Conference hotel

Summary: Clinical Veterinarians in a zoological setting have to communicate with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of situations, many of which are highly charged both politically and emotionally. It is imperative that messages are heard and thoughtfully considered - all the while building positive and lasting relationships with the recipients. Communication is the key to building the influence needed to achieve your goals around providing exemplary animal care and welfare.

This engaging, interactive workshop will demystify communication, breaking down its complexity into an understandable and workable process. Participants will learn how to leverage their personal strengths and talents in this arena, build new and/or existing interpersonal communication skill sets, and take advantage of communication techniques that have been proven effective. With application of these learnings, participants will develop a new level of confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in any situation.

Cost $125



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