Common Wildlife Conditions: Part One
British wildlife casualties are commonly presented to veterinary practices, and many general practitioners feel daunted by the huge diversity of species and conditions which they are expected to treat. This webinar is the first in a series of two, which aim to discuss some of the more commonly encountered conditions of the species most frequently presented to veterinary practice. We will discuss diagnostic techniques, decision making and treatment options that are feasible within a general practice setting. A range of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians may be presented as injured, sick or orphaned patients. The first part of this webinar series will cover the most common wild bird admissions. The species that will be discussed during this presentation are pigeons, passerines (small garden birds), corvids (members of the crow family), waterfowl, sea birds and birds of prey. We will discuss each of the most commonly seen conditions in turn, and will cover the recognition, clinical approach, diagnosis and treatment for those conditions which can be treated. We will also discuss how different conditions will impact on initial decision making – and how to decide whether a wild bird casualty should be treated, whether it needs treatment, and if so what can be done. First Aid techniques, analgesia and euthanasia have been covered in a previous webinar, but some drugs doses will be provided where appropriate.
Lecturer: Bev Panto, BVetMed BSc (Hons) CertAVP (ZooMed) MRCVS
Bev graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 with an intercalated degree in Veterinary Conservation Medicine from the University of Liverpool. She spent a year working in East Africa both with wild and domestic species, whilst working on an international development education initiative at the RVC. She then spent 3 years as a small animal and exotics general practitioner in Horsham, alongside weekly pro bono work for a large wildlife hospital. In 2013 she moved into full time wildlife work as the Veterinary Officer at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and Cattery, working with a wide range of British wildlife and domestic species. She is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, and runs their final year exotics and wildlife clinical rotation. She holds the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine.