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VIN EXOT323-0922: Avian Wound Management and Orthopedic Repair

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian
Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Course Open: October 25-December 2, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2022; 7:00-9:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 8
RACE Category: 8 hours Medical


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Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


Course Information:
The primary purpose of this course is to provide a basic to intermediate understanding of the principles of wound care and orthopedic management of traumatized wild birds. The course will include details on emergency stabilization procedures for wounded birds of many different species, euthanasia criteria, practical applications of things like bandaging, topical medications, autografting, and treatment of head trauma. It will further cover radiographic interpretation of common injuries, prognosis, and details on soft tissue and orthopedic surgical management. Multiple videos will be used to insure understanding of more complex procedures. Poll questions will be used to insure audience engagement and understanding.


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • Provide critical care for emergent, wounded avian patients
  • Understand the application of multimodal analgesia in birds
  • Provide appropriate hospitalization and supportive care for wounded birds
  • Diagnose and treat head trauma
  • Understand release criteria
  • Apply external coaptation for stabilization of fractures and luxations
  • Understand bandaging and management for a wide variety of commonly seen wounds
  • Use topical and systemic antimicrobials effectively and appropriately
  • Prevent common iatrogenic problems in hospitalized wild birds
  • Understand indications for and perform ocular evisceration
  • Repair a variety of common wounds...
    • Fishing gear removal
    • Entanglement injuries
    • Scalping and neck degloving injuries
    • General laceration repair
    • Not enough skin to cover it
      • advancement grafts
      • autografting
      • other techniques
      • in different bird species:
        • Passerines
        • Doves/pigeons
        • Raptors
        • Diving species
        • Pelicans
    • Components of effective physical therapy for wild birds
    • Diagnose fractures and luxations radiographically and develop a prognosis
    • Manage repair of fractures in different avian species


    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate level VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary support personnel interested in medical and surgical management of wild birds suffering from different trauma-induced wounds and orthopedic disorders.
    Accreditation: This course is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-932074)


    Course Agenda:

    Week 1 (Real Time Session November 1, 2022): Avian Critical Care
    Presenters: Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian and Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD

    Week 2 (Real Time Session November 8, 2022): Bandaging and Wound Management
    Presenters: Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian and Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD

    Week 3 (Real Time Session November 15, 2022): Avian Soft Tissue Surgery
    Presenters: Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian and Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD

    Week 4 (Real Time Session November 22, 2022): Avian Orthopedic Surgery
    Presenters: Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian and Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD


    Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

    Course Materials: 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.


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    Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
    Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
    Prices are listed in US dollars.


    *To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 25, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

    *For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


    Enrollment qualifications:
    1. VIN CE Courses:
      1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
      2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
    2. VSPN CE Courses:
      1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
      2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
      3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
    3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
    4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses.
      1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
    5. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN@vin.com. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.


    Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

    *For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

    Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
    VIN Education Director

    VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
    800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
    or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
    or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357