About this course
- Do you want to provide quality medical care for rabbits and other non-traditional patients with confidence?
- Are you confident to do a rabbit dental?
- Are you up to date with the best means of anaesthetising rabbits?
Rabbits and rodents are becoming more popular as companion animals. Owners are increasingly aware of the needs of these less traditional pets via the internet and are demanding the equivalent high quality veterinary care as is provided for dogs and cats.
This workshop will cover the basics of veterinary care for rabbits and rodents bridging the gap that exists between them, and cats and dogs.
Date and venue
Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May 2017 at Auckland Zoo
The two-day course will be comprised of a series of short lectures on day one and a dental wet lab on day two.
Topics include husbandry, common diseases and treatments with case studies, recommended drugs and dose rates, anaesthesia, desexing and emergency and critical care.
Dental wet lab
Learn how to perform a thorough oral examination, correctly use rabbit and rodent dental equipment, master dental radiology, incisor trimming and extraction, and molar burring.
Small animal and mixed animal veterinarians who see rabbits and rodents in the consulting room. This workshop will increase the veterinarians value to clients who have individual pet rabbits and rodents as well as breeders.
By the end of the course the veterinarian will feel more confident, skilled and knowledgeable when handling, diagnosing and treating rabbits and rodents. By offering the less traditional pets with a higher level of care veterinary business will grow.
- Participants will gain the practical skills required for rabbit dentistry and an increased knowledge about what equipment to use.
- Participants will be familiar with the common diseases and conditions of rabbits and rodents, and how best to treat them.
- Participants will feel more confident and comfortable handling, diagnosing and treating the less traditional pets in the clinic or on farm.
- This workshop will increase the value of the veterinarian to clients who have individual pet rabbits or rodents as well as rabbit breeders. The less traditional pets will receive a higher level of care and the veterinary business will grow by tapping in to the growing rabbit and rodent market.
- Improve your confidence and accuracy in rabbit and rodent handling, diagnosis and treatment.
- You will have the confidence to perform a quality rabbit dental.
- Increase the value and trust of the veterinarian to the rabbit/rodent owner.
- Increase business, as the number of rodents and rabbits increase.
Brendon Bullen BVSc
Brendon Bullen graduated from Massey in 2005 and works in companion animal practice in Wellington. His caseload is approximately 50% non-traditional pets, mostly rabbits. His aim is to provide the same level of care for all companion animals that walk through the door, no matter the species.
Brendon is passionate about teaching and in 2016 he lectured the new pocket pets special topic for final year veterinary students.
Angus Fechney BVSc
Angus currently runs a small animal dental referral business based in Palmerston North, but also visits several veterinary clinics within the central region of New Zealand.
In 2014 he finished a six year stint coordinating primary clinical companion animal service and final year undergraduate teaching within the Massey University Veterinary Teaching hospital.
He has a special interest in companion animal dentistry, and is enrolled in a dental residency program (under Dr David Clarke and the American Veterinary Dental College) with a view to sitting specialist/board exams.
He currently teaches dentistry to the senior vet and vet tech students at Massey and also provides a referral service from the Massey clinic.
Angus has several years of experience teaching veterinary colleagues in a practical setting and is passionate about all things dental.
Activities in this workshop can be recorded under either continuing veterinary education or collegial learning activity.
NZVA members $1,525
** All prices are GST inclusive
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