Creatures With Feathers can be Treated
This course is available online. Please see below for more details on how to attend this course via the Internet.
This presentation is given by a veterinary practitioner with over 40 years’ experience in the field of avian medicine and surgery, and illustrates the wide variety of bird species and their importance to their carers, while recognising that very little formal instruction in avian medicine is given during the veterinary undergraduate course. Those interested in treating avian patients, therefore, are required to learn for themselves, via publications, societies and seminars, and location work with experienced avian veterinarians or bird carers. Significant anatomical differences between birds and the more familiar mammals are discussed, linking those differences to avian-specific problems as well as diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. The unique avian feature of feather structure and function is discussed, together with some of the common conditions affecting birds’ plumage. Special facilities for the veterinary practice that wants to handle avian patients are described, and the importance of a detailed clinical history is emphasised. This will include species, age and sex of the bird, as well as length of time owned, housing and management, other birds or animals present, and DIET. Sexing techniques are briefly described, since many birds are sexually monomorphic, with internal gonads. The importance of diet as a cause of disease in birds is expanded – both deficiency and excess commonly resulting in morbidity or death. Observation of the patient whilst history-taking is followed by handling and examination, which is essential for complete diagnosis. Simple techniques such as claw and wing clipping are described, together with diagnostic sampling – phlebotomy, choanal and cloacal swabs, radiography, endoscopy. A catalogue of avian diseases is not given: that is what textbooks and further education courses are for. This seminar is intended to stimulate interest and set the enthusiast student on the right course.