VIN EXOT502-0321: Introduction to Reptile Medicine

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

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Presenter: Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Reptile & Amphibian)
Course Open: March 3-April 3, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesday, March 10, 17, and 24; 9:00-10:30 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians interested in adding reptiles to their practice or learning more about basic medical care. This course will cover an introduction to reptile medicine, husbandry, history taking, and common medical conditions.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-802154)

Course Information:
Reptile medicine is an ever-expanding and developing field and contains significant differences from mammalian and avian medicine. This course is intended for veterinarians who wish to add or have just started to add reptiles in their practices. This course will cover the equipment needed to treat reptiles, husbandry of common captive species, restraint, and history taking along with how to perform minor medical procedures, surgery, anesthesia, and common medical conditions of reptiles encountered in practice.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 10, 2021): Introduction to Reptile Medicine
Presenter: Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Reptile & Amphibian)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Determine what equipment is needed to begin treating reptiles in their practice
  • Restrain various reptile species safely
  • Perform a physical exam and determine gender on various reptile species
  • Perform basic procedures such as venipuncture, radiographs, fecal exam, tracheal wash, giving injections, and catheter placement
  • Describe common medications used and routes of administration
  • Describe various safe sedation and anesthetic protocols and understand the basics of reptilian surgery and anesthesia

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 17, 2021): Reptile Husbandry and History Taking
Presenter: Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Reptile & Amphibian)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe husbandry requirements of common reptile species encountered in practice
  • Answer specific questions related to reptile husbandry on topics such as lighting, heating, nutrition, supplements, caging, etc.
  • Take a thorough history from a client regarding their reptile patient
  • Understand how husbandry and history taking play a large role in medical care of the reptile patient

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 24, 2021): Common Medical Conditions of Captive Reptiles
Presenter: Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Reptile & Amphibian)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand and recognize common medical conditions of captive reptiles and describe their etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

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.

About the Presenter:
Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson graduated with her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2006. From 2006-2015 she worked as an associate veterinarian at Avian and Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, NC, a veterinary practice exclusively devoted to the care of exotic pets. In 2013 she became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Reptile and Amphibian medicine. In 2015 she opened Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia; a practice also exclusively dedicated to the care of exotic pets. Dr. Wilkinson is also an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been published in scientific and non-scientific journals, written multiple textbook chapters, and lectures nationally on exotic animal medicine and care. She is Treasurer of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and is active in the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and Association of Avian Veterinarians as well.

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: Member $104 ($94 early bird special if enrolled by February 17, 2021)
Non-Member $183 ($165 early bird special if enrolled by February 17, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 10, 2021 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.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course 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.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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"This program (20-802154) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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

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