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EXOT605-0114: Veterinary Assessment and Care of Wild Koalas for Rehabilitation
Geoff Pye, DVM, ACZM and Amber Gillett, BVSc
January 13-February 17, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Mondays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10 2014; 3:00-5:00 am ET (USA)
For Eastern Australia:
Mondays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10 2014; 6:00-8:00 pm (Brisbane Time)
***Registrants in North America/Europe:
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and plan accordingly.
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
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*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians,
veterinary technicians (veterinary nurses), and veterinary students
actively interested in or currently working in koala conservation,
rehabilitation, health care and management.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary staff.
This course has been RACE approved for
veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
This course topic arose from Dr. Pye's recent experience at the
National Koala Conference in Port Macquarie, Australia, where he
heard many interesting presentations on a wide spectrum of topics,
including talks centered on the impact that humans are having on koalas
and the disturbing local koala population crashes. From concerns
expressed by koala rehabilitators, there appeared at times to be a
disconnect between health care and animal management.
Dr. Gillett's extensive practical experience treating and
rehabilitating wild koalas impacted by many of the threats
discussed compelled Drs. Pye and Gillett to provide a teaching
resource that could be accessed by veterinary professionals.
The primary aims of this course are to improve outcomes for sick
and injured wild koala and help bridge the gulf between veterinarians
and koala rehabilitators. We believe that the best outcomes for
koala rehabilitation occur when a team approach rather than an
adversarial approach is utilized.
This course consists of four (4) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Triage and anaesthetize a wild koala upon presentation.
- Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures essential to a thorough
clinical examination of sick or injured wild koalas.
- Provide initial stabilization of a sick or injured wild koala
- Perform standardized examinations of wild koalas to allow
national data collection
- Provide suitable short term care for rehabilitating koalas
- Work in partnership with koala rehabilitators
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
Dr. Geoff Pye
has over twenty years of experience working
with free-ranging and zoo-based koalas including working at Currumbin
Sanctuary and San Diego Zoo. He is the AZA Koala SSP Veterinary Advisor
and has authored numerous publications on koala health. He is particularly
interested in fostering good relationships between animal carers and
veterinarians to improve health and management outcomes.
Dr. Amber Gillett
is a veterinarian highly knowledgeable
on koala rehabilitation at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. It is the
largest wildlife hospital in Australia and cares from approximately
800-1000 wild koalas a year with ~ 100 koalas rehabbing in the facility
at any one time.
(Real Time Session January 20, 2014)
- Threats to wild koalas - Pye
- Triage of wild koalas including euthanasia criteria and state regulations - Gillett
- Anesthesia - Pye
- Diagnostics - Gillett
(Real Time Session January 27, 2014)
- Trauma and trauma care - Gillett
- Surgery - Pye
- Intensive and post-surgical care including analgesia - Pye
(Real Time Session February 3, 2014)
- Chlamydia - Gillett
- Retrovirus - Pye
- Cryptococcus - Pye
- Therapeutics - Pye
(Real Time Session February 10, 2014)
CE CREDITS: 8
- Nutrition - Gillett
- Rehabilitation - Gillett
- Positive relationships with wildlife rehabilitators - Pye
- Translocation and post-release monitoring - Gillett
- Miscellaneous - Pye, Gillett
Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by December 30, 2013)
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by December 30, 2013)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET January 20, 2014
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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