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AAZV Conference Workshop Descriptions 2011

Training and Behavioral Husbandry Workshop
Instructors: Tim Sullivan, Emily Insalaco, M

This workshop will provide participants with an in depth overview of behavioral husbandry programs in zoos, with a focus on training for routine and specialized medical procedures. This workshop will evaluate husbandry training applications in zoo settings, and how these applications function as an integral part of the overall animal health program. Such programs often allow for procedures to be done in less time, and with less stress for both staff and animals. Participants will gain an appreciation for what is possible with training across taxa. We will examine basic behaviors that facilitate regular monitoring and routine care, to complex behaviors that make some medical procedures possible without chemical or physical restraint. Some of these procedures include venipuncture, hand-injection for medications, vaccinations and anesthetics, palpation, reproductive and cardiac ultrasound, and nebulization for treatment of airsacculitis in orangutans. The format of this workshop will be interactive and didactic where participants will learn basic training and behavior concepts. We will briefly discuss how to best develop and maintain the framework for successful husbandry training programs, so that participants leave with the tools to make these programs most successful in their respective institutions. Live animals will not be used in this workshop. Handouts will be provided.  Participation limited to 30.  
Saturday, 22 October: 8:00 am - noon  Workshop Fee: $150.


Advancements and Techniques in Zoo Animal Dentistry
Instructors: Jim Oosterhuis, DVM, and Dave Fagan DDS

This workshop will address some of the more challenging dental problems faced in zoo animal medicine today. Topics will include specific dental issues related to elephant tusks and molars, innovative surgical and treatment techniques for mandibular osteomyelitis (or “lumpy jaw”) in artiodactyls, and restorative solutions for enamel dysplasia involving anterior equine dentition. Participants will learn a new technique utilizing a biocompatible pulp canal insert to seal the coronal tip of any tusk following partial pulpotomy. The focus of this workshop will be on diagnosis, treatment protocols, the dental restorative process, and the principles of case management for these difficult dental problems. The Art and Science of how to design and construct custom dental instruments will be presented by these specialists in the field and will help to prepare you for the challenges encountered in zoo animal dentistry! No live animals will be used in this lab; dentistry techniques will be demonstrated using skulls, models, radiographs, and various aids. Previous experience in zoo animal dentistry is required. Handouts will be provided.  Participation limited to 24.  Saturday, 22 October: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Workshop Fee: $275


Tuberculosis Testing & Certification Workshop

Instructors: Denise Sofranko, DVM, Konstantin Lyashchenko, PhD


This workshop will discuss tuberculosis in elephants and use of the STAT-PAK assay. Elephant blood samples and test kits will be provided for hands-on instruction for using the STAT-PAK assay. Participants will become certified by the USDA to perform tuberculosis testing in elephants using the STAT-PAK (note: USDA certification will not replace the need for official USDA annual TB testing). Participants are required to bring a copy of their veterinary license, USDA accreditation number, and a form of federal identification (ie: driver’s license, passport). No non-US citizens can be certified. Handouts will be provided. Participation limited to 24.  Workshop offered twice: Saturday, 22 October, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Saturday workshop full, wait list available) and Sunday, 23 October, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Workshop Fee: $150.  Both workshops full; waitlists available.


Reptile Medicine and Surgery – General Skills
Instructors: Kurt Sladky, DVM, Dipl. ACZM; Matt Allender, DVM, MS

This workshop will provide participants with hands-on experience in general reptile medicine and surgery.  Whether you are a veterinary student, international conference participant, veterinary resident, or an experienced veterinarian who is a little “rusty” with herp medicine – this lab will have something to offer.  Lecture material will introduce a variety of general reptile medical and surgical procedures, followed by hands-on practice with cadaver specimens (snake, lizard, and turtle).  Participants will gain proficiency in basic skills (blood collection, intraosseous catheters, pharyngostomy tube placement) and perform a variety of basic surgical procedures (surgical approaches, gastrotomy, cystotomy, castration/ovariectomy).  Participants will also receive instruction and practice with repair of turtle shell fractures/defects and plastronotomy sites.  This lab will cater to different levels of experience and is open to students.

 Dr. Sladky is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Allender is a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Both have extensive clinical and research experience working with reptiles, allowing them to simultaneously cater this lab to different levels of experience.  Workshop is off site, transportation will be provided.  Workshop is offered twice on Sunday, 23 October: 8:00 am - noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Limited to 18 per session.  Workshop Fee: $125.  Sunday Afternoon Workshop is full, waitlist available or sign up for same workshop Sunday Morning. 


Principles of Mega-vertebrate Anesthesia
Instructors: Jeffery R. Zuba, DVM and Scott B. Citino, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

This eight hour workshop will cover advanced anesthetic techniques and protocols in mega-vertebrates, specifically the elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe and hippopotamus.  Emphasis will be directed toward the captive mega-vertebrate but free-ranging principles will also be discussed.  The morning session will include a variety of clinical topics for each species including anatomic features affecting anesthesia; choice of anesthetic drugs for induction, maintenance and recovery; how to respond to the physiologic needs of the anesthetized mega-vertebrate; the use of clinical monitoring devices in mega-vertebrates; the importance of proper facilities and equipment; proper restraint techniques used to assist in safe anesthesia; and the decision making process to anesthetize the mega-vertebrate patient.  The afternoon session will include demonstrations of novel anesthetic equipment designed specifically for mega-vertebrates; open discussion of challenging mega-vertebrate anesthesia cases; and group resolution of fictitious anesthetic scenarios.  Class participation will be highly encouraged.  There will be no live animals used in this didactic course. Handouts will be provided. Participation limited to 50.
 Sunday, 23 October: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Workshop Fee: $275. 


AAZV 18thAnnual Zoo & Wildlife Pathology Workshop – 2011  

Co-sponsored by the CL Davis, D.V.M. Foundation & University of California, Davis, CA


This is an eight hour workshop that will feature case presentations of classic or new entities of zoo and wildlife species. Preeminent zoo pathologists Drs. Linda Lowenstine and Dick Montali lead this annual workshop that provides cutting edge information and case reviews. The pathology topics this year are nutritional diseases and intoxications. The keynote speakers will be Drs. Robert Poppenga of UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory for toxicology and Dr. Mark Edwards from the Department of Animal Science, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly-SLO) for nutritional diseases. Both individuals are known for their expertise as it applies to zoo and wildlife species.  Sunday, 23 October: 8:00am – 5:00pm.  Workshop Fee: Veterinarians: $150, Students/Residents/Interns: $90.



Avian Beak Repair

Instructor: Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS

Join Dr. Bennett for a workshop focusing on surgery and repair of the avian beak. In addition to lectures and interactive discussion, participants will receive hands-on instruction and practice with a variety of techniques. Using psittacine skulls, all participants will repair a fracture of the mandibular beak with pins and acrylic, repair a defect in the maxillary beak (mimicking a traumatic wound or surgical approach) using mesh and acrylic, and apply prosthesis to correct both scissor beak and mandibular brachygnathism. Participants will be able to take home their repaired skull for future reference.

Dr. Bennett is a diplomate of the ACVS and widely recognized leader in the field of avian surgery. A former professor of surgery and zoological medicine at several veterinary colleges, he is currently the chief of surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. A respected veterinary surgeon, researcher, author and lecturer, Dr. Bennett has published nearly 100 research papers and 40 textbook chapters to date.

All participants are asked to please bring an orthopedic pin chuck and dremmel tool to the lab.  Limited to 12 participants.  Sunday, 23 October: 8:00 am – noon.  Workshop Fee: $200.  Workshop full; waitlist available.



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