We are excited to announce the Hands-On Lab opportunities this year at the AEMV and ARAV conference! All the Hands-On labs will involve opportunities to practice on live and/or cadaver specimens this year. They will take place on Sunday September 24th from 8am to 5:30pm. Many of the labs are unique this year and we also brought back some high demand labs that you may have missed in previous years. New instructors, exciting topics, and unique opportunities promise you'll have trouble choosing only 2!

Remember registration opens July 1st! Sign up right away to get your first choice. 

  • Basic Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Lab - SOLD OUT | Christoph Mans and Nicola Di Girolamo

This lab will the opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience and an in-depth understanding of dentistry in pet rabbits and rodents. Using carcasses and specific dentistry equipment important clinical techniques will be practiced, including complete intraoral examination, coronal height reduction and restoration of occlusal surfaces, incisor and cheek teeth extraction. Sponsored by IM3, Storz and RICA 

 

  • Chelonian Endoscopy and Endosurgery | Stephen Divers and Scott Stahl

This workshop will focus on the use of the 2.7 mm telescope, operating sheath and instrumentation to internally exam and biopsy freshwater chelonians. In addition, the lab will include extension of the prefemoral approach and the use of the telescope to guide and facilitate ovariectomy and orchidectomy. Sponsored by Storz

  • How to Intubate Almost Any Exotic Companion Mammal: Lecture and Hands-On Laboratory SOLD OUT | Dan Johnson and Ashley Emanuele

An encore presentation of this perennial sell-out laboratory, where participants learn several methods of endotracheal intubation on rabbit cadavers, and then practice them on a variety of additional species (guinea pig, chinchilla, hedgehog, rat, hamster, and sugar glider cadavers). Sponsored by MDS, Inc. and Universal Surgical Instruments

 

  • Tortoise Urogenital Surgeries SOLD OUT | Jay Johnson and Heather Bjornebo

Desert tortoises (provided by Arizona Game and Fish Department) used to teach ovariectomy/ovariosalpingectopy, phallectomy, and prefemoral cystotomy surgeries. The preference would be that this is a live animal lab and that tortoises would be returned to the AZGFD for adoption after.

  • Emergency Procedures Laboratory for Exotic Companion Mammals SOLD OUT | Natalie Antinoff and Angela Lennox

This lab will introduce basic and advanced techniques such as IV and IO catheterization, urinary catheterization, nasolacrimal flush, nasogastric and orogastric tube placement, forced mask ventilation, nasal flush and aspiration and more. Following and in-depth lecture, students will use a variety of cadavers to practice these techniques. Sponsored by Oxbow, RodentPro, and RICA

  • Reptile Clinical/Diagnostic & Therapeutic techniques | Byron de la Navarre and Rich Funk

 An introduction to practical techniques used for handling/restraint, physical examinations, sexing, & obtaining laboratory samples in reptiles; also covers advanced techniques. While there are alternative techniques to those used in this lab, by completing this lab you will feel more comfortable using these techniques into your own practice.

 

 

  • Introduction to Sea Turtles | Charlie Innis, Joe Flanagan, and Terry Norton

Lecture material and sea turtle cadavers will be used to provide an introduction to the medical and surgical management of sea turtles, including natural history, conservation concerns, anatomy, physiology, husbandry, diseases, examination, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound, CT, MRI, endoscopy, scintigraphy), therapeutics, anesthesia, and surgery. Sponsored by Storz

 

  • Basic Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Lab SOLD OUT | Christoph Mans and Nicola Di Girolamo 

This lab will the opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience and an in-depth understanding of dentistry in pet rabbits and rodents. Using carcasses and specific dentistry equipment important clinical techniques will be practiced, including complete intraoral examination, coronal height reduction and restoration of occlusal surfaces, incisor and cheek teeth extraction.  Sponsored by IM3, Storz and RICA

  • Reptile Conservation and Reptile Reproduction Review | Sean Perry and Mark Mitchell

This laboratory is designed to educate veterinarian about current reproductive conservation issues in reptiles and introduce them to the diagnostic methods used to evaluate the reptile reproductive system. Semen collection and evaluation from a different reptile species will be taught. Additional hands-on training in reptile reproductive ultrasonography and endoscopic sexing in chelonians will be coveredSponsored by Universal Ultrasound and Storz

  • How to Intubate Almost Any Exotic Companion Mammal: Lecture and Hands-On Laboratory SOLD OUT | Dan Johnson and Ashley Emanuele

An encore presentation of this perennial sell-out laboratory, where participants learn several methods of endotracheal intubation on rabbit cadavers, and then practice them on a variety of additional species (guinea pig, chinchilla, hedgehog, rat, hamster, and sugar glider cadavers).  Sponsored by MDS, Inc. and Universal Surgical Instruments

 

  • Elective Altering and All of the Alternatives for Exotic Companion Mammals - SOLD OUT | Angela Lennox and Natalie Antinoff 

Elective altering is the most common surgery performed in exotic mammal practice. This lecture/laboratory exercise will introduce 5 techniques for castration and 2 for surgery of the female reproductive tract (traditional and flank approach), and present the benefits and suitability  of each for the variety of species likely to present in clinical practice. A variety of exotic mammal cadavers (rabbit and rodent) will be available for practice.  Sponsored by Rodent Pro, VSP, RICA, and Oxbow