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EXOT500-1114: Reptile Medicine: From the Wild Set to the Child's Pet
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.
Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian and Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM, DACZM, PhD
November 18-December 26, 2014
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Tuesdays, November 25, and December 2, 9, 16, 2014; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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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.
For more information, please visit the
CE Practice Area
*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, and veterinary staff
actively interested in captive and wild reptile medicine.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff.
This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
The primary purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the
principles of care for reptilian wildlife, zoological collections, and captive pets.
The course will include details on the common syndromes and diseases with which
reptilian patients present to a clinic, the approach to triage, emergency treatment,
basic surgeries, and routine husbandry and preventative medicine.
Public health and legal implications will also be covered.
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.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
*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
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of triage in reptiles
and applying emergency care.
- demonstrate an understanding of the diseases of wild and captive
chelonians and how to diagnose and treat them, with a special emphasis
on wound and shell fracture management.
- demonstrate an understanding of the diseases of commonly kept saurian,
including some basic management of crocodilians.
- feed (including tube feedings) and care for commonly seen neonatal
North American wildlife.
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:
Heather Wilson Barron
is Hospital Director at the Clinic for
Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island, FL. She received training
in exotic and wild animal medicine and surgery through a residency at the
University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she stayed on as
faculty in the Zoological Medicine Service for a decade. She obtained further
international experience as Department Head of Clinical Medicine at St. Matthew's
University, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands, where she was also
the veterinarian for the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Wildlife Rescue. She has served
as a consultant for IDEXX and Antech Imaging Services and is a former president of
the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Sonia M. Hernandez
is a wildlife veterinarian and ecologist.
She is currently an assistant professor in a shared position between the Warnell
School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife
Disease Study at the University of Georgia. She received training in zoological
medicine through a residence at Cornell University (1998-2001) is boarded in zoological
medicine and has a PhD in Ecology. She obtained clinical experience as a zoo veterinarian
and a private exotic animal and wildlife practitioner. Currently she conducts research
to better understand how anthropogenic activities affect the health and disease
prevalence of wild animals. She currently teaches various courses on wildlife disease
investigation and management and conservation medicine.
(Real Time Session November 25, 2014):
General Principles of Reptile Medicine
- General principles for triage and critical care of reptiles
- Anesthesia, analgesia and antimicrobials in reptiles
- Breaking diseases in reptilian wildlife and zoonoses
(Real Time Session December 2, 2014):
- Turtle trauma medicine and surgery, including shell fracture repair
- Nutritional and supportive considerations; including assisted alimentation
- Common chelonian diseases; diagnosis and treatment
(Real Time Session December 9, 2014):
- Clinical syndromes and diseases of the most commonly kept lizard species
- Nutrition and assisted alimentation
- Restraint, venipuncture, and clinical pathology
- Basic crocodilian medicine and common presentations
(Real Time Session December 16, 2014):
CE Credits: 8
- Common clinical syndromes and diseases of captive and wild snakes
- Nutrition and assisted alimentation
- Appropriate caging, husbandry, and preventative care
- Course wrap up and discussion
Member $168 ($151 early bird special if enrolled by November 4, 2014)
Non-Member $266 ($239 early bird special if enrolled by November 4, 2014)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on November 25, 2014
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
Enrollment is now closed.
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must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
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*Note: "This course is approved for 8 continuing education credits 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 CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
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.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.
*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VIN Course Catalog
The CE team:
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
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