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EXOT307-0309: Practical Avian Medicine Module 6
Managing Avian Diseases: Neurologic and Orthopedic Disease

Natalie Antinoff, DVM, DABVP(Av)
Pat Redig, DVM
Gregory Rich, DVM

March 31 - April 14, 2009
Real-time sessions: Tuesdays, March 31 and April 7; 9:30 - 11:30 pm ET (USA)

Course Description

The Practical Avian Medicine series is presented by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and Veterinary Information Network (VIN) with the goal to provide veterinarians with solid basic avian medical knowledge that is applicable to everyday practice. There will be 9 modules, which are each 2 weeks long.

Module 6 will cover the following topics: Diagnosis and management of neurologic and orthopedic disease.

Orthopedic conditions involving the neonatal and juvenile avian patient are critical for the avian veterinarian to understand and be able to attend to. Diseases and conditions involving the skeletal system of avian neonates and juveniles will have life-long effects on posture, handling, proper perching capabilities and potentially behavior-related issues. Congenital defects, environmental issues creating orthopedic problems, infectious conditions and traumatic injuries will be discussed. It will be essential for the avian veterinarian to be able to understand, address and correct these problems when the condition is first noted.

Seizures and neurologic diseases are both challenging and frustrating. This session will discuss diagnosis and treatment of common etiologies for neurologic diseases in birds. Seizure management in birds will also be included in this discussion.


Week 1 (March 31):
Diagnosis and Management of Orthopedic Diseases in Adults (Redig)

Week 2 (April 7):
Diagnosis and Management of Orthopedic Diseases in Neonates (Rich)
Diagnosis and Management of Neurologic Disease (Antinoff)

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for one week following the last real time session.


$80 (72.00 early bird special if registered by March 17, 2009).
Course open to veterinarians and VSPN members.
AAV members eligible for discount pricing: AAV Member/$60
Please type in the comment field on the last page of your course registration that you are a member of the AAV and your member number.
AAV members: Please note that you can find your member number on your mailing label for the AAV journal or you may contact AAV at the publications office ( and request the number, or email the central office (
**Join AAV here:
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Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks:

Psittacine Aviculture. Schubot RM. Clubb K, Clubb S

Avian Medicine: Principles and Application. Ritchie BW, Harrison G, Harrison LR

Avian Medicine and Surgery. Altman RB, Clubb S, Dorrestein GM, Quesenberry K

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"This course has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN at 1-800-700-4636 for further information."

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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