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EXOT611-0523: Exotic Animal Surgery

The lectures for this course will be presented via the Zoom webinar platform.

Presenters: Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVS
Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM
Course Open: May 31-July 29, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, June 7, 21, July 5, and 19, 2023; 6:00-8:00 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 May 17, 2023)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by May 17, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


Course Information:
Exotic Animal Surgery should be based on sound surgical principles that are adjusted to the needs of the individual exotic patient. Topics covered will be general principles and orthopedic, soft tissue, oncology, minimally invasive, and dental surgery in birds, small mammals, reptiles, and zoo animals.


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • understand how to extrapolate general surgical principles from domestic animals to exotic animals.
  • recognize and discuss the equipment available for use in exotic animal surgery.
  • value the skills and knowledge that partnerships between exotic animals veterinarians and surgeons bring.
  • realize that we have the technology and skills to surgical manage all sized animals, from the very small to the very large.
  • discuss some of the more common surgeries of exotic animals.


Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in exotic animal surgery. There are no course prerequisites.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-897345)


Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session June 7, 2023): General Principles of Exotic Animal Surgery
This week’s topics include general principles, including equipment, suture, magnification, and the partnership between exotic animal veterinarians and surgeons.

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 23, 2023): Orthopedic Surgery for Exotic Animals
This week’s topics include the general principles and hardware for orthopedic surgery for exotic animals with case reviews in birds, small mammals, reptiles, and zoo animals.

Week 3 (Real Time Session July 5, 2023): Soft Tissue Surgery for Exotic Animals
This week’s topics include soft tissue and oncology surgery for exotic animals with case reviews in birds, small mammals, reptiles, and zoo animals.

Week 4 (Real Time Session July 19, 2023): Minimally Invasive and Dental Surgery for Exotic Animals
This week’s topics include minimally invasive and dental surgery for exotic animals with case reviews in birds, small mammals, reptiles, and zoo animals. This week will include the management of abscesses in small mammals.


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 May 17, 2023)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by May 17, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on June 7, 2023 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
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