This course is designed to give the veterinary practitioner a better understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of birds.
Many veterinarians are called upon to treat and diagnose both wild and pet birds. Owners also often seek advice from their veterinarian on simple care and behaviour of their birds and how this may differ from dogs and cats.
Other birds may be presented to a veterinary clinic when unwell or traumatised. Commonly, the owner is unfamiliar with how to handle their own bird and what is the normal behaviour and anatomy of their pet bird. The veterinarian must decide if the bird is normal, unwell or an emergency case. In order to do so the veterinarian must know the normal bird anatomy, husbandry and behaviour. These sick birds may need further diagnostic work up to determine their illness, including crop and faecal tests, blood tests and radiographs. Once a diagnosis has been reached appropriate medication and/or surgical procedures may be necessary on these often relatively simple cases.
1. Anatomy and Physiology
In this module the participant will be introduced to the basic form and function of birds and the anatomical, physiological and behavioural differences between them and mammals. A brief overview of the avian and reptilian form will also be included. The emphasis will be placed on the important practical implications for the veterinarian.
2. Husbandry, Care and Advice
Birds come in varying species and are specialised. Each species has differences in husbandry behaviour. This module looks at the identification of the common species seen, including wildlife species, and their requirements.
3. Emergency Medicine and Care
Emergency care. How to deal with a sick bird. These birds may be obviously traumatised, or the owner may call or simply arrive at the veterinary clinic with a fluffed up and quiet bird. This module will also discuss how to advise these clients over the phone as well as setting up at a veterinary clinic in order to successfully diagnose, treat and house an emergency case.
4. Handling and Examination
This module will cover the observation and the handling of birds in order to perform a physical examination as well as the collection of diagnostic samples.
5. Microscope Diagnosis
Once samples have been collected it is often necessary to diagnose problems in-house utilising a microscope. Videos and photos will be used to help in identification of common parasites and infections.
Setting up for avian radiology. How it differs from mammalian radiology. Normal and abnormal radiology to diagnose common problems in pet birds and in avian wildlife.
7. Common Problems
Many common diseases happen in birds. What do they look like and what are the obvious signs of these including their signalment? Common diseases will be discussed including beak and feather disease (circovirus), chlamydophila, scaly face mites, worms and other parasites.
The basic differences in avian blood biochemistry are discussed in this module.
9. Common Syndromes
How to develop an approach to dealing with common syndromes such as watery droppings and feather picking.
By successfully completing this course you will develop a greater knowledge and understanding of:
Avian anatomy and physiology
Common illnesses of birds
Diagnostic tests available for birds
Treatment options for birds
|Recent Grad / Part-time Member||$289|
|Non-member / eMember||$578|