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Laurie J. Gage, DVM, Dipl ACZM
EXOT604-0113: Basic Big Cat Husbandry and Medicine
Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM
January 6-February 6, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Sunday, January 13, 20, 27; 9:30-11:30 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 and veterinary technicians
actively interested in big cat medicine.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and
The primary purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding
of big cat husbandry and medicine. The course will include an overview
of taxonomy nutrition, husbandry, reproduction and basic medicine of
big cats. Discussions of basic anesthesia and hand-rearing Panthera
will be included. Commonly encountered dental problems will also
This course consists of three (3) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test,
and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
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
- Have a basic understanding of big cat nutrition and husbandry
- Understand common nutritional diseases of big cats
- Understand current considerations regarding vaccination of big cats
- Have a good understanding of the common diseases of big cats
- Understand choices of anesthetic agents
- Basic understanding of reproduction and contraception
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. Laurie Gage
is a VIN consultant for the Small Mammal/Exotics
and Aquatic Animals Messages Boards. She was the Director of Veterinary Services
for Six Flags Marine World/Marine World Africa USA for 23 years and The Marine
Mammal Center for 14 years, as well as the attending veterinarian for the
Oregon Tiger Sanctuary, Safari World in Bangkok Thailand, and a veterinarian
at the Los Angeles Zoo. She is presently the Big Cat and Marine Mammal
Specialist for USDA APHIS Animal Care Center for Animal Welfare.
Dr. Geoff Pye
is a VIN consultant for the Small Mammal/Exotics
Message Boards and a senior veterinarian at San Diego Zoo. Following his
Masters degree at London Zoo, he has managed the health of big cats at
Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and San Diego Zoo.
(Real Time Session January 13, 2013)
Instructor(s): Laurie Gage
- Training Medical Behaviors
- Common Nutritional Diseases
(Real Time Session January 20, 2013)
Instructor(s): Laurie Gage and Geoff Pye
- General Medicine
- Common Diseases
- Preventive Medicine Including Vaccination Recommendations
- Reproduction and Contraception
- Hand-rearing Tips and Techniques
(Real Time Session January 27, 2013)
Instructor(s): Geoff Pye and Laurie Gage
CE CREDITS: 6
- Behavioral and Manual Restraint for Anesthesia Induction
- Anesthesia Protocols
- Common Surgical and Dental Procedures
Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 2012)
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 2012)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
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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 RACE approved for 6 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 VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 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
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If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
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/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VIN Course Catalog
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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