Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
Zoo veterinarians see a large number of wounds of wide variety; management of these wounds often presents special challenges not seen with domestic species. Many different products and techniques are available for the management of wounds; a sound understanding of wound healing physiology is useful to guide the decision-making process as to the ideal way to manage each wound. This course will begin with a review of wound healing physiology including a discussion of species differences and how those differences may affect wound management. A number of wound healing products, old and new, will be described along with their indications. Surgical management of wounds (primary and delayed closure) is often the most expedient method of wound management. Practical surgical techniques for wound management will be described and illustrated with cases. Finally, several cases will be presented for class participation in wound management planning. Attendees are invited to bring case histories of their own for this portion of the class.