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2019 Annual Conference Workshops

51st AAZV Annual Conference
concurrent with ExoticsCon, ZWNF/NAG and AAFV
St. Louis, Missouri
28 September - 4 October


Urban Wildlife & Conservation Medicine Techniques

Instructors:  Sharron Deem, Karen Bauman, Maris Breen-White

Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019; 1pm - 5pm

Maximum Participants: 25

Location: Hotel

Summary: This 4-hour workshop will be on urban wildlife management and studies as they relate to our AZA institutions. There will be four sections, including three didactic lectures by instructors to cover: (1) overarching principles and project design of urban wildlife studies using a One Health approach; (2) disease risks at the urban wildlife-collection animal-human interface; and (3) research and monitoring techniques for urban wildlife studies.  Lastly, participants will discuss, in small breakout groups, real-life scenarios of urban wildlife issues at zoos and then share with the full workshop during the final plenary session.

Cost: $175

 

Nutrition 411

Instructors:  Amanda Ardente, Jenn Watts, Barbara Toddes

Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019; 8am - 5pm

Maximum Participants: 50-60

Location: Hotel

Summary: Optimal nutrition is essential to maintain the overall health of animals under our care. Unfortunately, most facilities are not equipped with staff nutritionists, leaving the brunt of the work to be done by veterinarians. Therefore the goals of this workshop are to provide 1) a refresher of basic nutrition concepts; 2) an overview of feeds available; 3) instructions on how to evaluate diets; 4) information on current trends and debunk common diet-related myths in the zoo world; 5) an overview of feeding considerations; and 6) examples of nutrition-focused cases. This is a full day, lecture-only workshop.  Lunch on your own.

Cost: $275

 

Online Literature Searching Skills Lab

Instructors:  Heather Moberly

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 8am - 12pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Location: Hotel

Summary: This 4-hour, hands-on computer lab focuses on developing and improving literature searching skills related to identifying and acquiring information, particularly journal articles. The lab begins with a discussion about the differences and similarities in subject coverage for each PubMed, VetMed Resource, and Google Scholar.  After that, we will discuss how to construct a good search and why PubMed can return great results from imprecise searches. Participants will practice basic and advanced search techniques including improving searches by using limits and filters to refine results and using Search Details to troubleshoot searches.  Each participant will set up a new My NCBI account or modify their existing account to customize results, save searches, and set up alerts. CABI Publishing will supply 30-day trial logins for participants to VetMed Resource and participants will practice basic and advanced searching. The workshop concludes with an overview of tools and strategies for locating freely available copies of resources, particularly journal articles.

Cost: $150

Introduction to Comparative Hematology

Instructors: Nicole Stacy

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 8am - 12pm

Maximum Participants: 25

Location: Hotel

Summary: This 4-hour workshop is lecture-based and organized into the following sections: 1) blood film preparation techniques and blood film handling and processing, 2) systematic blood film evaluation, 3) comparative hematology across non-mammalian and mammalian species with emphasis on morphologic changes of leukocytes, erythrocytes, and platelets/thrombocytes in disease, and 4) case discussion. Since microscopes will not be available for this workshop, 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” or other pdf reader prior to the workshop to facilitate addition of notes to provided pdf files during lectures.

Cost: $175

Small Gazelle Handling

Instructors: Luis Padilla

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 8am - 12pm

Maximum Participants: 22

Location: STL

Summary:

This 4-hour workshop at the Saint Louis Zoo is intended to provide an introduction to the management and health care of small gazelles in a zoo. Using the Speke’s gazelle as a model, the workshop includes lectures on animal care and medical management to successfully care for gazelle species. The lectures will feature general care, herd and individual animal management, neonatal care best practices, medicine and common health considerations, diagnostic techniques, physical restraint, anesthesia and sedation.  The workshop will feature a demonstration of physical restraint techniques.

Cost: $250

Hellbender Husbandry, Medicine, and Anesthesia

Instructors:  Chris Hanley

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 8am - 12pm

Maximum Participants: 20

Location: STL

Summary: This 4-hour workshop at the Saint Louis Zoo will include lectures on important husbandry and medical considerations for the care of hellbenders in your collection, including general care, restraint, anesthesia, breeding, egg and embryo care, and conservation efforts for this species. The second half of the course will be split between an in-depth tour of the hellbender care facilities at the zoo’s Herpetarium and a demonstration of manual restraint and general anesthesia in a hellbender to allow zoo staff to demonstrate a variety of basic medical procedures, such as physical examination, radiography, coelomic ultrasound, blood collection, Chytrid swab collection, injection techniques, and monitoring during an anesthetic event.

Cost: $250

Veterinary Approaches to Improving Reproductive Management for Population Sustainability

Instructors: AZA Reproductive Management Center

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 8am - 12pm

Maximum Participants: 60

Location: Hotel

Summary: This 4-hour workshop is designed to illustrate how clinical veterinarians can contribute to the sustainability of species under managed care. It will consist of a series of presentations with opportunities for discussion, on topics related to reproductive management including an introduction to RMC, hormone monitoring as a way of confirming cycles and pregnancy, benefits & drawbacks to contraceptive use for medical issues and for behavioral pharmacology, use of urethral catheterization and electroejaculation techniques for determining male fertility and for use in AI, benefits to harvesting tissues for gamete banking, and the use of PMV sperm-binding assay for detecting egg fertility.

Cost: $200

Developing Your Unique Strengths As Leaders

Instructors:  Hayley Murphy, Gwen Myers

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 8am - 12pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Location: Hotel

Summary:

Although veterinarians go through years of instruction and preparations to become skilled clinicians, we seldom have training or guidance on how to develop as an effective leader.
This workshop will explore participants’ leadership strengths and emotional competencies, and help attendees develop their own leadership philosophy.  Participants will be able to use this information to build their Individual Development Plan to achieve success as leaders at any level of management.
The workshop will be led by Dr. Gwen Myers, Chief of Animal Health, Zoo Miami, and Dr. Hayley Murphy, Deputy Director, Zoo Atlanta.  Gwen and Hayley are alumni of the AZA Executive Leadership Development Program, and will share insights gained from this year-long program, as well as their experiences as clinical veterinarians that have transitioned into leadership roles. Workshop attendees will receive preparation materials in advance to help focus on their leadership strengths and development during the half-day course.  Participants will be expected to have purchased and read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Bradberry and Greaves, and come prepared to discuss their test results – book must be purchased new to obtain the proper link and codes.

Cost: $150

AZA Inspector Training + Welfare Assessments

Instructors:  Tom Meehan, Luis Padilla

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Maximum Participants: 50

Location: Hotel

Summary: Unprecedented growth in the number of AZA accredited zoos & aquariums and new applicant institutions has triggered an urgent need for trained veterinary inspectors.  Current and emeriti veterinary members of the Accreditation Commission will orient workshop participants to the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary member of an AZA Accreditation inspection team.  The Commissioners will review all of the AZA Standards most relevant to the veterinary assessment of zoo and aquarium programs.   Interactive participation in this lecture-based workshop will prepare you to become a member of an inspection team and provide an inside look at how an AZA accreditation inspection team will be assessing your own zoo’s or aquarium’s program of veterinary care.  

Cost: $100

Canid Restraint and Anesthesia

Instructors:  Chris Hanley

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 1 pm – 5 pm

Maximum Participants: 25

Location: Hotel

Summary: This 4-hour workshop is a didactic course, with instructors from the Saint Louis Zoo and the Endangered Wolf Center. Focusing on recovery species, this workshop will cover effective techniques and considerations for manual restraint of canids, primarily Mexican grey wolves and red wolves. Discussion will focus on not just the techniques themselves but the considerations on how to successfully employ them with discussion of weather, terrain, staffing, and the equipment and skills needed to do them safely and effectively. The second portion will discuss effective anesthesia considerations, often applied in conjunction with manual restraint, for semen collection, artificial insemination, and other procedures. Restraint equipment will be on hand for attendees to familiarize themselves with, although there will not be any canids restrained during this course.

Cost: $200

26th Annual Zoo & Wildlife Pathology Workshop 2019 Sponsored by the Davis-Thompson Foundation

Instructors:  Bruce Rideout, Dalen Agnew, Dr. Elise LaDouceur

Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 2019, 8am - 5pm

Maximum Participants: 80

Location: Hotel

Summary: This 8-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 keynote lecture will be “A Primer of Invertebrate Histology and Pathology”, by Dr. Elise LaDouceur, Chief, Extramural Projects and Research, Joint Pathology Center, Silver Spring, MD. Following the keynote lecture, pathologists from around the world will present their most interesting recent cases throughout an interactive all-day session.

Lunch on your own.

Cost: $175 Veterinarian and $100 Student


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