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In this session, the clinical details including comparative imaging results of several rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders, will be presented with an emphasis on cases where Computed Tomography (CT) findings altered the course of the case when compared to physical examination, radiographic results and lab tests alone.

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Radiographic evaluation of the skull and thorax is challenging in veterinary medicine, increasingly so with smaller patient size. The continued advancement in exotic pet medicine combined with the increasingly rising standards of veterinary care provided to these species make advanced imaging, especially computed tomography (CT), an integral part of these standards. HD-high resolution CT in an exotic pet specialty hospital was used to evaluate the body of several species of small mammals and was compared with traditional radiographs. The increased observance of pathology, both clinical and sub-clinical, has led to this practice recommending CT over radiographs in most cases. 

In this session, the clinical details including comparative imaging results of several rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders, will be presented with an emphasis on cases where CT findings altered the course of the case when compared to physical examination, radiographic results and lab tests alone. CNS and peripheral neurologic diseases, otic, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease cases will be presented. Small exotic mammalian whole body high definition CT scans provide a wealth of information in clinical practice allowing more accurate diagnosis and treatment that in turn leads to improved outcomes and patient care, improved client compliance and improved client satisfaction. 

Speakers

Speakers to be confirmed
  • Dr Shachar Malka
    Dr Shachar Malka
    Dr. Shachar Malka is the owner of Long Island Bird and Exotics Veterinary Clinic in NY, where he cares for exotics pets and wildlife exclusively. He completed an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada and a three year residency at the University of California, Davis. 
    Dr. Malka has a strong interest in wildlife conservation. He is the founder of Rift Valley Wildlife Clinics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that cares for animals in need locally as well as in Africa, where he volunteers much of his time providing veterinary care in rural areas.
    Dr. Malka's professional interests include advanced anesthesia, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. 
  • Dr Sophie Dennison
    Dr Sophie Dennison
    DACVR
    Dr. Sophie Dennison is a British ex pat now living in the US. She has had a convoluted career that started in mixed practice and emergency medicine in the UK. During that time she developed a passion for wildlife and pet avian and exotic cases, and was the designated local veterinarian for the RSPCA for wildlife cases and marine mammal strandings. Sophie moved to the US in 2004 where she undertook a two year Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology internship based at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito CA. There she experienced first hand the frustration of a lack of veterinary radiologist input available for imaging studies of the non-traditional species, and decided to pursue an ACVR-accredited residency in diagnostic imaging to fill the gap. Sophie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2009 after successfully completing her radiology residency at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she remains on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Radiology. Sophie has dedicated more than 50% of her time, and peer-reviewed publications, to zoo, wildlife and pet avian and exotics radiology cases. In addition to multiple peer-reviewed articles, Sophie is a chapter author in the CRC Handbook Of Marine Mammal Medicine and Veterinary Computed Tomography. Sophie is an independent teleradiologist, multi-distance triathlete, and mom of a beautiful three-year old daughter and three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
ICARE 2019
London, UK