2020 Wildlife and Exotic Animal Symposium

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Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 7-8, 2020

Time: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PST) ; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. (PDT)
Please note that on March 8, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time starts.
Location: Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis
CE Credit: Up to 15 hours

Registration is closed.

Update 3/3/2020: The symposium is scheduled as planned and the campus is open. If anything should change, we will notify participants and post messaging on this website.  For more info: Coronavirus Information for the UC Davis Campus

Online registration for onsite closes Wednesday, March 4, 11:59 pm. Walk-in registration will be available onsite Saturday, March 7 between 7:00 - 8:00 am at Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis. Checks and credit card only. No cash.

Online registration for webinar closes Friday, March 6, 4:00 pm.

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REGISTRATION FEES (before Feb. 22, 2020)

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DVM (with CE Credit): $375.00 onsite; $325.00 webinar

RVT/Vet Tech (with CE credit): $260.00 onsite; $210.00 webinar

LATE REGISTRATION FEES (Feb. 22, 2020 or later)

DVM (with CE Credit): $425.00 onsite; $375.00 webinar

RVT/Vet Tech (with CE credit): $310.00 onsite; $260.00 webinar

WEBINAR OPTION: The webinar will be live (Pacific Standard Time) and interactive; it will count for full CE credit. No recording will be available for viewing after the event. If you have never attended a Zoom webinar before, test your computer or mobile device here.

Discount prices for general public, UC Davis employees and ALL students are available for view at checkout.

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Our 35th Annual Wildlife and Exotic Animal Symposium features a diverse range of topics on species such as birds, amphibians, and reptiles as well as wildlife including elephants, sea turtles and otters.

Saturday, March 7: Sessions and Speakers

  • Exotic Animal Track (AEMC)
  • Setting Up an Exotics Practice, Danielle Tarbert, DVM
    Ball Python Nidovirus, Danielle Tarbert, DVM
    Small Mammal Urolithiasis, Sarah Ozawa, DVM
    Amphibian Diagnostic Techniques and Common Diseases, Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management)
    PLENARY SESSION: SLOTHS AS SENTINELS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management)
    Examination and Treatment of the Lagomorph Eye, Bret Moore, DVM, PhD
    How to Get Your Bird to Survive Surgery, Larry Nemetz, DVM
    Evaluation of Ventricular Foreign Bodies in Birds, Larry Nemetz, DVM
  • Wildlife Track (WAAM)
  • Pet Fish Case Discussion, Jessie Sanders, DVM
    Otter Cardiology & Effects of Domoic Acid, Catherine Gunther-Harrington, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
    Rhinoceros Medicine & Conservation, Lauren Howard, DVM, DACZM
    Elephant Herpes: A Global Perspective, Lauren Howard, DVM, DACZM
    PLENARY SESSION: SLOTHS AS SENTINELS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management)
    Elasmobranch Medicine, Shane Boylan, DVM
    Critically Endangered Turtles & Treating Turtle Trauma, Shane Boylan, DVM
    Captive Cetacean & Pinniped Ophthalmology Carmen Colitz, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Sunday, March 8: Sessions and Speakers
Please note that Pacific Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 8th.

  • Exotic Animal Track (AEMC)
  • Fish Pain Management, Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management)
    Reptile Pain Management, Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management)
    When You Thought it Could Not be Reproductive Disease in Birds, Larry Nemetz, DVM
    Radiography of the Respiratory System in Birds, Larry Nemetz, DVM
    PLENARY SESSION (WAAM): WILDLIFE HEALTH IN ACTION, Kirsten Gilardi DVM, DACZM - Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, UC Davis
    Ferret Coronavirus, Danielle Tarbert, DVM
    Rodent Dermatology, Stephen White, DVM, DACVD
  • Wildlife Track (WAAM)
  • Sea Turtle Stranding Rescue & Rehab, Julie Cavin, DVM
    Treating Wildlife Burns with Fish Skin, Jamie Peyton, DVM, DACVECC, CVA
    Terrestrial Invertebrate Medicine, Jenessa Gjeltema, DVM, DACZM
    Student Research Presentations, Student speakers pending
    PLENARY SESSION (WAAM): WILDLIFE HEALTH IN ACTION, Kirsten Gilardi DVM, DACZM - Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, UC Davis
    Diseases of Amphibians & Fish in California, Esteban Soto, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVM
    Bighorn Sheep Pneumonia Complex, Peregrine Wolff, DVM

This two-day program features guest speakers providing cutting edge information on both exotics and wildlife medicine, including:

Shane Boylan, DVM: Dr. Boylan is the Chief Veterinarian of the South Carolina Aquarium. His primary areas of interest involve sea turtle health and rehabilitation, as well as fish and aquatic invertebrate medicine. He has spent many years working with the Turtle Survival Alliance and will provide insight on working with critically endangered turtles, as well as treating turtle trauma. In addition, Dr. Boylan will discuss elasmobranch medicine at the Symposium.

Lauren Howard, DVM, DACZM: Dr. Howard is Associate Director of Veterinary Services at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. While her experience in zoological medicine and wildlife conservation is diverse, she is notably a leader in the fight against elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus. In addition to discussing elephant herpes, she will lecture on rhinoceros conservation.

Kurt K. Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (Zoo Health Management & Herpetology): Dr. Sladky is currently a Clinical Professor and Section Head of Zoological Medicine and the Special Species Health Service at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Special Acknowledgement

This event is made possible with contributions (time and effort) from the following UC Davis student clubs:

Avian Exotic Medicine Club (AEMC)
The Avian & Exotic Animal Medicine Club provides veterinary students with an opportunity to learn about exotic companion animal health, medicine, and surgery
and to gain technical skills in working with these species. The club sponsors lectures and wet labs, along with an annual symposium for veterinarians, technicians, students, and interested members of the public. By helping interested students to become more familiar with exotic species commonly seen in private practice, they hope to promote better, more complete veterinary care for all companion animals.

Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine (WAAM) Club
The Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine (WAAM) club is a student organization focused on providing educational opportunities for students in the fields of wildlife, aquatic and zoo animal medicine. The club organizes lectures, wet labs and field trips to facilitate experience with exotic species, as well as the WEAS annual symposium where students can learn from and network with professionals in the field. WAAM is dedicated to the goal of furthering student members' careers in wildlife and zoo medicine.

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