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MU CVM Hosts Exotics Symposium

The 2009 Exotics Symposium at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Jan. 17-18 gave students the chance to handle small mammals in the Common Procedures in Small Mammal Medicine wet lab.

The MU College of Veterinary Medicine Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Club hosted the 2009 Exotics Symposium at the College Jan. 17-18. The event drew 115 veterinarians and veterinary students. In addition to 43 students who attend MU, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kansas State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Georgia, Purdue, Auburn, Illinois, Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville were represented, as well as other Missouri universities and colleges Truman State, Westminster College and the University of the Ozarks.

Leading CVM’s efforts to coordinate the 2009 event were co-chairs Jessie Krause and Mike Betley, and committee heads Jennifer Ballard, Jenna Armstrong, Kristen Otten, John Flanders and Kathryn Kettenbach. The College of Veterinary Medicine at MU and the University of Tennessee alternate hosting the annual symposium. The event will return to Tennessee next year and Missouri will host the Ninth Annual Exotics Symposium in 2011.

Speakers for the symposium included Dr. Dennis Schmitt, Missouri State; Dr. Ginger Takle, Kansas City Zoo; Dr. Alex Bermudez, MU CVM; Dr. Mike Jones, University of Tennessee CVM; Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer, Kansas City Zoo; Dr. Douglas Pernikoff, Clarkson-Wilson Veterinary Clinic, Chesterfield, Mo.; Dr. Gary West, Kansas State CVM; Dr. Ellen Dierenfeld, St. Louis Zoo; Dr. Randy Junge, St. Louis Zoo; Dr. Lydia Staggs, Gulf World Marine Park, Panama City, Fla.; Dr. Juergen Schumacher, University of Tennessee CVM; Dr. Devona Weirich, Missouri Department of Conservation; Dr. Jacqueline Pearce, MU CVM; and Dr. Cynthia Besch-Williford, MU CVM.

Veterinary students learn fish diagnostic techniques during a wet lab offered at the 2009 Exotics Symposium held at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in January.

The speakers’ lectures covered a diverse array of topics including, Exotic Hoofstock Anesthesia; Conducting the Avian Necropsy; Pain Management in Birds, Reptiles, and Small Mammals; The Basics of Marine Mammal Medicine; Elephant Artificial Insemination and Reproduction; Wildlife Health Programs in Madagascar; Avian Anesthesia; Conservation Medicine; How to Get into Zoo Medicine; Topics of Fish Health and Disease; Thinking Outside the Box: Treating the Marine Mammal; Primate Medicine; Critical Care of the Injured, Ill or Convalescing Raptor; Elephant Medical Care; Exotic Small Mammal Medicine; General Zoo Animal Anesthesia and Immobilization; Considerations in Establishing an Exotic Animal Practice; Iron Overload in Zoo Animals; Carnivore Medicine and Surgery; Avian Ophthalmology; Alpaca Practice; Avian Orthopedic Surgery: The Thoracic Limb; Advances in Pachyderm Nutrition; Macropod Medicine: They’re Not Your Average Mammals; Common Nutritional Imbalances in Zoo and Exotic Species; and Medical Problems of Uncommon Herps.

The symposium also offered participants the chance to take part in wet labs: Immobilization Techniques and Darting; Performing the Avian Necropsy; Fish Diagnostic Techniques; Common Procedures in Small Mammal Medicine and Avian Orthopedic Surgery: The Thoracic Limb.

Oxbow Animal Health and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians sponsored the event.

 

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