Learn Online: Exotics 101: Getting the basics right
This Learn online course is open to both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses
Date: Friday 1st October 2021
Tutor: Matthew Rendle
Fees: BSAVA Members £120; Non Members £150
As veterinary professionals we all want to do the best for our patients’ whatever species they are, but if we are presented with an unfamiliar species in practice this can be unnerving and a challenge.Online activities (including quizzes and case studies) will support your learning and discussions on the online forum will be encouraged. We also provide additional resources to complement the course - the ‘BSAVA Bonus Bits’. These will include congress podcast recordings, JSAP and companion articles as well as a free chapter from the relevant BSAVA Manual (as well as a discount voucher for purchasing the whole book).The first weekly unit will be released on the First Friday of the month, with the next weekly units being released on the following two Fridays. The discussion forum is open for the first three weeks of the course and the course content will remain available for a total of 8 weeks. You can complete the work how and when you choose over these 8 weeks.
In this course we will explore the challenges of providing basic care needed for the commonly seen exotic species and work out what approach we need to take to prevent these cases from unnerving us!
To do the basics well, we do not need huge amounts of specialist equipment, or a huge knowledge and understanding of the specific species or condition they present with. What we do need is an understanding of the basics, such as triage, handling, analgesia, fluid therapy and nutrition, all of which we will cover in this course. So, let’s get the basics right and remove that fear of exotics!
Small mammals (rats, mice, hamsters, Guinea Pigs)
Tortoises, snakes, lizards
Chickens, parrots, budgiesLearning objectives
By the end of this course participants will be able to
Understand how to triage on the phone and in person, birds, reptiles and small mammals
Understand how to safely handle birds, reptiles, and small mammals in a manner that does not compromise their welfare or risk injury to the handler
Understanding of the most evidence based analgesic agents to use and how to give them
Understanding of the osmotically appropriate fluids to give for what species and how to give them
Understand the signs of malnutrition and the effects it can have both acutely or chronically and how to correct it
How to carry out welfare minded euthanasia in a variety of species