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Monday, May 23

08:15 ACST

Avian orthopaedics
Birds, both wild and pet, are frequently presented to veterinary practice for repair. This presentation discusses how fractures in birds heal and how, with this knowledge, a clinician can assess a fracture, determine the best means of repairing it, and then utilise a range of techniques to obtain a good result. These techniques include external coaptation, intramedullary pinning, external skeletal fixation, and a combination of these methods. The decision as to which method to choose is based on the bird's purpose (e.g. rehabilitating a wild bird vs repairing a pet cockatoo, the location of the fracture, the bird's general health, and the skill of the clinician. By the end of this presentation a clinician will understand the concepts of fracture repair in birds and the ranges of means available for doing so

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Bob Doneley

UPAV Committee, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland
Bob Doneley graduated from the University of Queensland in 1982. After working as an associate veterinarian/locum in practices in Queensland and the UK, he opened his own practice in 1988. He sold this practice in 2010 to take up the role of Head of the Small Animal Hospital at the... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 08:15 - 09:15 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

09:15 ACST

Avian soft tissue surgery
Avian soft tissue surgery is an important skill for any avian practitioner. While standard surgical techniques – attention to haemostasis, gentle tissue handling, good suture selection – apply, birds have a slightly different skin structure that requires some specific changes. Certain groups of birds, such as parrots, have particular foibles that need to be considered post-surgically as well. Knowledge of the appropriate anatomy is imperative.
Common soft tissue surgery procedures include:
• laceration repairs
• crop burn fistulae repair
• ingluviotomy for foreign bodies or access to more distal gastrointestinal sites
• pododermatitis debridement and repair
• superficial lump removals
• digit amputations
• and cloacal prolapse.
Entry procedures for exploratory coeliotomy will be discussed, but not more complex procedures. Analgesia, including local anaesthesia will be briefly covered


Deborah Monks

Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service
Graduating in 1995, Deborah completed her Avian Membership in 1999, then commenced a dual recognised avian residency in 2002. She passed both her Fellowship and Diplomate examinations in Avian Medicine in 2006, becoming a recognised Avian Specialist. She has also gained her Certificate... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 09:15 - 10:15 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

13:30 ACST

Thinking outside the pouch – Medicine of marsupials
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

14:30 ACST

Unusual pet surgical selection
General practitioners are often unsure how to proceed when presented with a small mammal or reptile surgical case. A range of small mammal and reptile surgical cases will be presented to compare and contrast the surgical management of these species with more familiar species seen in practice. Be entertained and go home with practical surgical tips for unusual pets.

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Brendan Carmel

UPAV Rep, FASAVA Committee, Warranwood Veterinary Centre
Dr Carmel works in a small animal practice in the northeast suburbs of Melbourne where over 90% of the caseload are unusual pets. He is the co-founder and current president of the Unusual and Exotic Pet Veterinarians special interest group of the AVA; the President of the Unusual... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 14:30 - 15:30 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

16:00 ACST

Lumps and bumps in legged reptiles
An overview of the clinical signs, diagnosis, causes and treatment of the assorted types of mass lesions that can affect lizards, turtles and crocodiles. Real cases examples will be used to highlight and demonstrate what's involved in treating these amazing animals and the myriad of lumps and bumps that they can develop

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Shane Simpson

Director, Karingal Veterinary Hospital
Dr Shane Simpson is a partner at Karingal Veterinary Hospital located south-east of Melbourne. He has a special interest in reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery with the majority of his clinical work now involving these fascinating animals. He regularly presents on this subject... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 16:00 - 17:00 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

17:00 ACST

GnRH agonist use in unusual and avian pets
GnRH agonists suppress sex hormones and have traditionally been used to treat hormone-related diseases. Diseases such as ovarian cysts in guinea pigs and adrenal disease in ferrets have traditionally been treated surgically, but the advent of longer-acting GnRH agonists such as leuprolide injections and deslorelin implants have allowed them to be managed medically when appropriate. More recently, GnRH agonists have also been used to manage hormone-related behavioural problems such as aggression, hypersexuality and feather-plucking in species that are difficult to routinely desex, eg. birds and reptiles. The mechanism of action, duration of action and appropriateness of GnRH agonists for these different diseases and species will be discussed

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Dr Shangzhe Xie

Exotic Pets Referral Veterinarian/Surgical Coordinating Veterinarian, Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre
Dr Shangzhe Xie has been working as a veterinarian within exotics referral practices since his graduation from Murdoch University in 2008. Shangzhe also completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine degree from 2009-2010. After completing the Masters degree, Shangzhe... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre