This course is designed to give the veterinary practitioner a basic understanding of the treatment of native fauna. It is not intended to be a comprehensive course on diseases and treatment of native fauna, but rather a practical guide to the problems that a veterinary practitioner may encounter in practice and how to deal with them.
Native fauna or wildlife that is presented to veterinarians generally falls into one of three categories. The first is orphaned wildlife. These are reptiles, birds and mammals that have for various reasons been separated from their adult care giver and require hand-rearing. The second group is injured wildlife. These animals are presented to veterinarians because they have been traumatised either by motor vehicles, introduced predators or other misadventure. The third group is wildlife suffering disease. Some diseases occur commonly in certain species and some in certain areas and these will be discussed. Basic first aid for native wildlife is important and is covered in the course. Restraint of native wildlife is discussed as is the hand-rearing of native fauna.
In addition to orphaned and injured wild fauna, veterinarians may be called upon to diagnose and treat native wildlife in fauna parks or zoos. They may also be called upon to treat pet native animals in some Australian states where it is legal to keep these animals as pets.
On completion of this course, participants will have a basic knowledge and understanding of the common presentations in native wildlife and the treatment options available.
Time: Online - Monday 24 July - Sunday 20 August 2017
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