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NAVC Expeditions – An Interview with Dr. Debby Butler

NAVC Expeditions (navc.com/expeditions) offers veterinary professionals the opportunity to travel deep into some of the most intriguing destinations—from the jungles of Brazil to the ice caps of Antarctica—to study exotic native species and learn cutting-edge veterinary techniques from around the world. Leading veterinary experts guide the excursions, which are each limited to a small number …

Avian Radiography

Radiography of the avian patient is an essential diagnostic tool that assists with evaluation of a variety of disorders. Appropriate patient positioning and radiographic technique are vital for proper radiographic assessment. Improper positioning and/or radiographic technique can underestimate or overestimate potential lesions. SPECIES SPECIFICS Technique Due to the small size of many bird species, whole body …

Safe and Humane Handling of Small Mammal Patients

To counteract the small mammal’s instinct to panic or struggle, create a “safe” environment in the veterinary clinic, hospital or practice.

Many veterinarians and veterinary technicians are filled with trepidation when small mammal or exotic patients are presented for evaluation. However, handling these pets does not have to be difficult.

Lymphoma in Ferrets: A Diagnostic Challenge

Natalie Antinoff, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Ferret lymphosarcoma can occur anywhere in the body and clinical presentation and diagnostic results may vary, leading to incorrect diagnosis. A detailed review of the diagnostic approach to this common ferret disease is presented as well as the current challenges with regard to staging and grading for treatment …

Venipuncture in Exotic Companion Mammals

Amanda M. Maddamma, RVT, and Angela M. Lennox, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) Blood collection for diagnostic testing can be a challenge in exotic companion mammals, especially in smaller species. However, today’s technological advancements allow us to gain valuable information even with limited sample volume. In all cases, sample quality and minimal volume requirements must be …