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Veterinary care of breeding collections is extremely important and this masterclass provides an overview of the veterinary involvement in birds of prey and psittacine breeding project.

Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.

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Captive breeding has contributed to the successful restoration of many species of birds of prey or psittacines. Avicultural breeding techniques include double clutching, direct fostering, cross fostering, hatch and switch, hacking, imprinting and assisted reproduction techniques such as semen collection and artificial insemination. However, reproductive failure is a common occurrence.

Failures are mainly related to management problems, including hygiene measures, food quality issues, breeding flock structure, or to individual health issues of breeding birds. These may result in non-egg laying females, low quality eggs or infertile eggs due to male infertility. Therefore, veterinary care of breeding collections is extremely important and this masterclass provides an overview of the veterinary involvement in birds of prey and psittacine breeding project. 

Insight view into the most common management problems are provided, basic aviculture techniques explained and state of the art as well as cutting edge assisted reproduction techniques in avian reproduction are described, which belong to the veterinary field and allows the veterinarian to expand his field of expertise and service to the clients. This includes prophylactic health measures, preparation of birds and cages, semen collection, evaluation and crypreservation techniques, artificial insemination and ex-ovo fertilisation as the latest development.

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  • Prof Dr Michael Lierz
    Prof Dr Michael Lierz
    Prof. Dr med vet, DZooMed, DipECZM, DipECPVS
    Michael Lierz graduated in Hanover, Germany and earned his doctorate title by thesis from the Free University of Berlin, Germany working on diseases and rehabilitation of raptors. After being 4 years the director of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Research Hospital in the United Arab Emirates he returned to the Free University of Berlin in 2001, working as a scientific assistant. In 2009 he moved to the University of Giessen as the director of the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish. He holds the European Diplomate status of the European College of Zoological medicine, the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science, and the RCVS Diplomate status in Zoological Medicine (avian). In Germany he holds the specialist status in Poultry- and Avian Medicine, in Zoo- and Wildlife Medicine, in Microbiology, and in Species Conservation.
ICARE 2019
London, UK