Veterinary professionals have been invited to learn more about handling and dealing with exotic pets at a training course hosted by Nottingham Trent University.
Veterinary professionals are invited to learn more about handling and dealing with exotic pets at a training course hosted by Nottingham Trent University.
A global increase in the number of people choosing to keep exotic animals has required vets to become better acquainted with techniques for dealing with the reptiles, rodents, birds and other species that theyre now more likely to come into contact with.
The training session will take place at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences tomorrow (December 15) and will be led by international veterinary expert John Cooper and his wife Margaret, an animal lawyer.
Together, the Coopers spend much of their time in Africa working with wildlife and poor communities, while pioneering the forensic investigation and prevention of poaching incidents. Their work in Africa is completely voluntary, with them occasionally returning to the UK to raise awareness and funds for their efforts.
Throughout the day, attendees will learn what constitutes an exotic pet, along with how important they are in the field of small animal veterinary work. They will learn about the legal and ethical aspects of dealing with the different species, as well as how to handle, diagnose, monitor and treat them.
Val McPherson, lecturer in veterinary nursing at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Having John and Margaret Cooper here to deliver the training is a real privilege. Events like these are becoming increasingly important for people working as vets or veterinary nurses in the UK. More of these types of animals are becoming pets, so being trained in the best ways to deal with them is essential.”
Prof Cooper said: “It’s great to be given the opportunity to work with veterinary professionals in this way. Margaret and I enjoy the chance to share what we’ve learnt from our work, and if it helps improve understanding in what is undoubtedly an important field for vets, then were only too pleased to be involved.”
A handful of spaces are still available. To book, call 0115 848 5294.