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Monkeys in Practice - See Them or Turn Them Away?

This lecture will cover some of the pros and cons of adding non-human primates to your practice. Some helpful tips will be given on where to go to learn about these animals and some topics to cover with your staff and hospital will be discussed. Please note: If you were an attendee at this VMX 2018 Conference session and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual...

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Excellence in Exotics: Practice Tip: Ferret Urinary Tract Catheterization

In ferrets, urinary tract catheterization is most often indicated for neutered males with a urethral obstruction. Obstructions are commonly caused by prostatic enlargement secondary to adrenal tumor hormone production or, less commonly, by urolithiasis. A ferret with a urethral obstruction needs immediate intervention to relieve the obstruction: The ferret must be anesthetized for passage of a urinary catheter. Isoflurane or sevoflurane administered via anesthetic mask is the...

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Chinchilla Medicine

BIOLOGY Chinchillas are rodents that originated from South America where they are now nearly extinct as a result of being hunted for their thick coats. They inhabit the cool, rocky slopes of the Andean mountains in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina where they live in burrows and rock crevices in groups of several hundred. They are well adapted to live at high elevations with a higher hemoglobin oxygen concentration than other species of rodents or rabbits. They are particularly active at...

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Rabbits with Vestibular Disease

Proceedings of the NAVC Conference Rabbits with neurologic disease are often given poor prognoses. When clients elect therapeutic care, veterinary technicians play a vital role in the success of these cases due to the tremendous amount of nursing care and monitoring required. This discussion will focus on the most common problem seen in clinical practice, vestibular disease, and how veterinary technicians can maximize their effectiveness in the nursing management of rabbits afflicted by it....

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Spaying and Neutering Exotics

Proceedings of the NAVC Conference Exotic pet veterinary technicians must be prepared to discuss all aspects of reproductive issues with clients, as well as to then be able to competently execute the surgical and nursing care required for the procedure. Being comfortable with all aspects of reproductive health for the more common species worked with in pet practice is critical. While most people understand the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats, it is vital the technicians can...

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Reptile Anesthesia

Proceedings of the NAVC Conference Veterinary technicians have tremendous responsibility as anesthetists when working with reptile patients. Safely achieving sedation and general anesthesia requires significant knowledge about many different species of reptiles including the preferred optimal temperature zone (POTZ) and anatomic and physiological differences. Understanding the patient’s husbandry, history, medical problems, routes of venous access, signs of varying levels of...

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