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Monday, May 23 • 13:30 - 14:30
Thinking outside the pouch – Medicine of marsupials

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Marsupials are commonly presented as sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. They are held in pretty much all zoos and wildlife parks in Australia for display and conservation breeding programs, are maintained by some research institutions, and in some jurisdictions are kept as pets. Veterinary care of marsupials has many similarities to domestic animals and exotic pets. However, there are notable differences in anatomy, physiology, diet, and biology that influence the common disease presentations, the approach to treatment, and requirements for hospitalisation and supportive care. This presentation will discuss the approach to the marsupial patient, the diagnosis and management of common diseases, preventative medicine, and general considerations of providing veterinary care to marsupials, with emphasis on macropods, possums, koalas and wombats. Specific topics will include restraint and anaesthesia, sample collection, drug therapy, capture myopathy and dental disease in macropods, gastrointestinal and skin disease in possums, infectious diseases and trauma of koalas, dental disease and sarcoptic mange in wombats, management of burned marsupials, and common problems of orphaned joeys

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Dr David McLelland

Veterinarian, Zoos South Australia
David McLelland received his BVSc from Sydney University in 2001, and did a BSc(Vet) in 2000 investigating an encephalomyocarditis vaccine in animals at Taronga Zoo. After two years in practice in Darwin he moved to Canada to undertake a DVSc residency in Zoo Medicine and Pathology... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre