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We are pleased to confirm the programme for ICARE 2019. Please click here to view the full programme. 

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  • Acute Avian Respiratory Distress – From Anatomy Through Treatment
    Master Class
    01/05/2019 16:00 - 18:00
    Anatomical and physiological understanding of the 5 different areas of the respiratory system will be discussed. In this team-taught masterclass, an anatomist and emergency medicine clinician will help the practitioner understand the anatomy and physiology of these components.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Advanced Imaging in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine
    Master Class
    01/05/2019 14:00 - 16:00
    This presentation will cover some of the newest imaging technologies that are currently accessible to private practice and research institutions. Emphasis will also be placed on contrast based imaging for clinical and research situations.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Anaesthesia for Birds
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 12:00 - 12:30
    Presenting the veterinary nurses’ approach to avian anaesthesia from the planning and preparation to the delivery, monitoring and recovering the anaesthetised avian patient.
    The discussion with cover equipment required, setting up, induction process, monitoring techniques and considerations, anaesthetic emergencies and how to facilitate a safe and speedy recovery.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Anaesthesia for Rabbits and Small Mammals
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 11:30 - 12:00
    As a vet or a nurse often the words ‘rabbit’ or ‘rodent’ and ‘anaesthesia’ send feelings dread into the staff members having to deal with these types of patient. These species have a reputation of high mortality and complications following an anaesthetic. However anaesthesia of rabbits and rodents need not be so stressful.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Anaesthesia of Reptiles and Amphibians
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 12:30 - 13:00
    The aim of this presentation is to give an overview of anaesthesia in a variety of reptile and amphibian species. It will focus on the main areas of pre-operative anaesthetic considerations, anaesthetic induction, intubation, anaesthetic maintenance, anaesthetic monitoring techniques, intra-operative considerations and anaesthetic recovery.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Avian Reproductive Tract Surgery
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 09:00 - 13:00
    This lab will focus on anatomy, specialized surgical equipment, tissue identification and handling and several female reproductive tract surgical procedures that are commonly performed in avian practice.​

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Basic Day, Monday - 29 April
    29/04/2019 11:00 - 18:30
    The ICARE Basic Day is dedicated to general practitioners who want to improve their exotic animal medical skills, and veterinary students that require further support in their understanding of the exotic patients.
  • Basic principles and application of Exotics and Wildlife Ophthalmology
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 14:00 - 18:00
    This practical lab will provide the participant with basic principles and application of exotic and wildlife ophthalmology, covering a broad review on suitable instrumentation and important techniques, clinical & surgical techniques on a comparative basis (birds, reptile and small mammal) from ophthalmoscopy, induction of a mydriasis to enucleation of eyeballs.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Beak Anatomy, Form and Function, and Treatment Strategies for Keratin Problems and Deformities
    Master Class
    30/04/2019 11:00 - 13:00
    This master class reviews key aspects of the skeletal anatomy of the beak, proper anatomic terminology of those structures, the muscles that move the jaws, their associated innervation, and the macro and micro integumentary anatomy of the beak.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Blind and one eye sighted wild and pet bird patients - what are my options?
    Round Table
    29/04/2019 17:00 - 18:00
    Based on initial outlines how to clinically determine avian sight, the round table discussion will focus on drawing a practical orientated decision guideline for the interpretation and consequences of vision and visual impairment in birds considering specific species and living conditions.
  • Blood Transfusion in Exotic Pet Practice
    Master Class
    02/05/2019 11:00 - 13:00
    Anemia is a common problem in exotic pet patients especially in emergency cases. Each species requires different skills, agents and tools to anesthetize, sedate and put on IV line for constant or temporary use. Learning the experience from different cases will help to understand more about practical skill of blood transfusion on exotic pets.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Diagnostic microscopy (Part 1): Haematology of Avian and Reptile Species
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 09:00 - 13:00
    This practical lab focuses on the classic-manual microscopic evaluation of avian and reptilian blood films. It is based on a collection of more than 200 samples from about 100 pre-evaluated cases. Participants are invited to bring their own samples and to discuss them with the instructor.
    Suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.

    Advanced booking required at time of registration. Tickets are £350.
  • Diagnostic microscopy (Part 2): Avian Cytology Advanced
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 14:00 - 18:00
    This practical lab is intended for practitioners who use cytology in their daily diagnostic routine. After a brief introductory lecture, the participants will rotate through four stations, each dealing with a selection of viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00
  • EAAV Student Master Class: Radiography and Endoscopy- two wings of avian diagnostics
    Student Master Class
    01/05/2019 11:00 - 13:00
    This masterclass will discuss both radiography and endoscopy and is intended for students and those newly started in avian medicine and is designed to enable greater confidence in performing and interpreting these diagnostic modalities when faced with a sick bird.

    Available with advanced booking only.
    Free for EAAV students; tickets are £27.00 for all other students.
    Delegates can sign up to the waiting list if interested.
  • ECC in Reptiles and Amphibians
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 15:30 - 30/01/2019 16:00
    Emergency and critical care of reptiles and amphibians is challenging, not only due to the diversity of species that can present, but also due to a lack of evidenced based analgesia protocols, and also fluid resuscitation is these animals is critically important, but the choice of fluids and methods of delivery are very different to that of mammals. In this lecture we will focus on these two key areas and look at the limited evidence we have to use to guide our nursing care plans for these rewarding cases.
  • Emergency Critical Care in Birds
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 15:00 - 15:30
    As Veterinary nurses we all know that when a call comes in about a slightly off colour, fluffed up avian patient we could already be dealing with a critically ill or emergency situation. Preparation is always the key and something the Veterinary Nurse in practice is invaluable at.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Emergency Critical Care in Rabbits and Small Mammals
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 14:30 - 15:00
    This lecture will start by discussing the triage process including how to identify and prioritise patients and why a rabbits blood glucose measurement is important. Next, we will focus on the most severe conditions including respiratory and cardiac arrest then moving on to shock and hypothermia. The importance of fluid therapy and multimodal analgesia will be explored along with the best options to use in ECC scenarios.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Evaluation Of The Skull And Thorax Of Small Mammals; Traditional Radiography & Computed Tomography
    Master Class
    30/04/2019 14:00 - 16:00
    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.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Exotic Animal Welfare: Where are we now?
    Round Table
    30/04/2019 14:45 - 15:45
    Over the last few decades, exotic-pet keeping has increased greatly. So has concern over the welfare of pets, especially exotic pets.
    It is widely recognised that inadequate husbandry is the primary contributor to illness of many exotic-animal species presented to veterinary practices. Surveys in Germany, Australia and the UK confirm widespread husbandry deficiencies for some species.
  • Hospitalisation of Birds
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 09:45 - 10:15
    This illustrated presentation will provide an overview of the hospitalisation facilities and equipment at Avian Veterinary Services; a practice dedicated exclusively to companion birds.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Hospitalisation of Rabbits and Small Mammals
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 09:15 - 9:45
    In this talk I aim to discuss the importance of hospitalisation of prey and predictor species such as rabbits and other small mammals, that are commonly and sometimes less commonly seen in practice. Taking into consideration waiting areas, consultation rooms, pre and post surgical hospitalisation areas.
    Including the importance of environmental and social enrichment for different species plus ward management and ward routine.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
  • Hospitalisation of Reptiles and Amphibians
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 10:15 - 10:45
    The well-established adaptability of vet nurses, can often feel put to the test when informed a reptile or amphibian is being admitted for observation, treatment or surgery. However, investing a bit of time and money into preparing for the most commonly encountered species, can allow for a confident approach to providing simple husbandry protocols that can be life saving for these particular patients.
  • How to Intubate Almost Any Exotic Companion Mammal
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 09:00 - 13:00
    Participants will be introduced to the obstacles to small mammal intubation and learn how to overcome them. Didactic lecture will be followed by an on-screen demonstration of the anatomy of the rabbit glottis.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • How to: Deal with common presentations
    Basic Day
    29/04/2019 17:15 - 18:15
    This 1h lecture will cover the common presentations in birds, reptiles and mammals in general practice and tips and tricks on how to deal with them including triage, initial stabilisation, diagnostic procedures, treatment and long- term management.
  • How to: Obtain good quality images and interpret them
    Basic Day
    29/04/2019 12:00 - 13:00
    This lecture will provide the attendee with tips and tricks particular to avian and exotic radiography concerning patient preparation, restraint, positioning, anatomy, technique, and interpretation of radiographic images.
  • How to: Safely anaesthetise an exotic patient
    Basic Day
    29/04/2019 14:30 - 15:30
    Exotic animal anaesthesia may be considered more challenging than traditional species. A review of standard protocols for small animals, birds, reptiles and fish will be described as well as clinical techniques (intravenous catheterization and intubation). Anesthetic tips and key points on monitoring will be provided so the safety of the patient and the confidence of the anaesthetist are both maximized.

  • How to: Triage and deal with emergencies
    Basic Day
    29/04/2019 15:30 - 16:30
    Emergency care includes basic and advanced life support, and treatment of a variety of injuries and illnesses, many exacerbated by poor diet and husbandry. Basic life support follows the same principles as for other traditional pet species, with modifications made for patient size and other anatomic differences.
  • How to: use microscopy with confidence
    Basic Day
    29/04/2019 11:00 - 12:00
    This session will provide guidelines how to successfully implement microscopy as a routine diagnostic tool into daily practice. Based on a collection of microphotographs covering hematology, cytology, histology, and fecal parasitology the audience will train how to gain confidence in sample evaluation from basic knowledge to true expertise.
  • Invertebrate First Aid
    Master Class
    01/05/2019 11:00 - 13:00
    This master class will focus on techniques to achieve emergency haemostasis, exoskeleton repair, fluid therapy and euthanasia.
    Delegates will explore 7 first aid options for invertebrates: ectoparasite removal, haemolymph loss, dysecdysis, autotomy, wound repair, Lepidoptera wing repair and snail shell repair.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Keynote Lecture by Sacha Dench
    Keynote
    29/04/2019 09:00 - 10:00
    We are thrilled to announce that Sacha Dench, conservationist and adventurer, known as the ‘human swan’, will be delivering the Opening Keynote Lecture on Monday 29 April, 9:00-10:00.

  • Marine Mammal Medicine
    Master Class
    01/05/2019 09:00 - 11:00
    The aim of this session is to provide an overview of the type of veterinary marine mammal work being conducted in the UK. The session will focus on the UK’s two most abundant seal species, the grey (Halichoerus grypus) and the common (Phoca vitulina) seal whose pups often need veterinary care and rehabilitation.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Marine conservation and the plastic crisis
    Round Table
    02/05/2019 14:30 - 15:30
    This session will introduce the topic of marine pollution, focusing particularly on the impact of plastics in the marine environment and the efforts of conservationists dealing with this indiscriminately global problem.
  • Rabbit and Rodent Orofacial Surgical Techniques
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 14:00 - 18:00
    This lecture and laboratory exercise will give students practice with cadavers (mostly rabbit, some rodent) performing procedures such as incisor extraction, extra-oral mandibular and maxillary cheek teeth extractions, enucleation of the eye, rhinostomy/rhinostomy, and various surgeries of the ear, including partial ear canal resection (PECR).

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Rabbit and Rodent Soft Tissue Surgery: Alternatives for Elective Altering
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 09:00 - 13:00
    This lab will work with rabbit and rodent cadavers to practice common altering techniques, including scrotal, prescrotal and abdominal castration, and traditional midline and flank approach surgeries of the female reproductive tract. Both graduate veterinarians and students who have completed basic surgery courses will benefit.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Reptile Ultrasound ​
    Master Class
    30/04/2019 16:00 - 18:00
    This masterclass will cover ultrasound examination of the heart and other coelomic organs in snakes, lizards and chelonians. Restraint, positioning, artifacts, and patient examination (approaches and sections) will be discussed.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Reptile cardiology
    Round Table
    02/05/2019 09:30 - 10:30
    This one-hour round table will cover all fields of reptile cardiology (anatomy, physiology, diagnostic tools, and therapeutics) throughout interactive case reports and discussions
  • Reptile coelomic surgery ​
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 14:00 - 18:00
    This hands on presentation will discuss practical anesthesia techniques as well as surgical approaches for the most common procedures performed in clinical practice. Post operative care and analgesia will be a key discussion point.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Reptile critical care - medical and surgical techniques
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 09:00 - 13:00
    This Practical Lab is intended for the basic to the experienced clinician. The presentation will review the most common presentations to an emergency hospital and how to treat them. In addition, a thorough review of emergency drugs will be discussed.
    Suitable for everyone, from student to the experienced practitioner.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Rigid endoscopy in Exotic Companion Mammals
    Round Table
    29/04/2019 11:00 - 13:00
    Different techniques of veterinary endoscopy serve as feasible diagnostic and minimally invasive methods in exotic companion mammals. Rigid endoscopy is commonly used in exotic animal practice as it has wide use in different animal species (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds). The aim of the masterclass is to show different possibilities of the use of a rigid endoscope in exotic companion mammals including the examination of the eye and eye adnexa, external ear canal, tympanic membrane, nasal cavity, trachea, oral cavity, esophagus, colon, female urethra and urinary bladder and vagina.
  • Safe Anaesthesia for Small Lizards ​
    Master Class
    29/04/2019 11:00 - 13:00
    The aim of this master class presentation is to describe in details (step by step) the valuable anaesthetic protocols for small lizards (lizards with body weight lower than 100 g).

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Small mammal endocrinology
    Round Table
    29/04/2019 14:45 - 16:00
    The list of endocrine diseases reported in companion animals is extensive and includes diseases of the pituitary, (para)thyroid, and adrenal glands, as well as diseases of the pancread or those related to increased levels of reproductive hormones. Most common in rabbits and rodents are the endocrine diseases related to reproductive organs, whereas other endocrine diseases are considered relatively rare and have mostly been reported in literature as a coincidental finding during post mortem exams or in laboratory animals. In contrast, endocrine diseases are extremely common in ferrets, with ins
  • Surgical Procedures of Avian Head and Skull
    Practical Lab
    28/04/2019 14:00 - 18:00
    This workshop provides a foundation for a solid understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of cranial kinesis and coupled kinesis of the psittacine skull. Participants will become familiar with instrumentation, surgical approaches and corrective techniques required to address a variety of parrot head and skull diseases.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £350.00.
  • Temperature measurement in rabbits: current evidence and personal experience
    Round Table
    01/05/2019 17:00 - 18:00
    In the present round table we will discuss: Risks of obtaining body temperature in rabbits; Benefits of obtaining the body temperature in rabbits; Methods of obtaining of body temperature in rabbits; Normal body temperature values; Factors that may lead to variations in body temperature; Incidence and clinical significance of hyperthermia in rabbits; Treatments for hypothermia in rabbits.
  • The successful intestinal surgery in rabbits
    Master Class
    29/04/2019 16:00 - 18:00
    In this masterclass, the focus will be on the main surgical approaches to the intestinal tract in rabbits, including enterotomy, enterectomy and appendectomy.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • To treat or not to treat - How to interpret culture and sensitivity results
    Round Table
    30/04/2019 17:00 - 18:00
    Many variables factor in when considering results - be it blood work, microbiology or serology, just as examples. There is an old adage “Garbage in, garbage out.” When sampling is done incorrectly, results may not only be misleading, but, dangerous - even lethal - if acted on without proper consideration. From diagnostic sample collection to interpretation to treatment, the process will be reviewed both as an open discussion and as case reviews.
  • Use of smartphone in exotic pet practice
    Master Class
    30/04/2019 09:00 - 11:00
    This masterclass will review the use of smartphone in exotic pet medicine. Smartphone can be turned as a point-of-care medical device, being very mobile and efficient in images acquisition and transmission. This masterclass will provide practical examples in exotic pet patient and up to date information on the multiple existing devices.

    Available with advanced booking only. Tickets are £40.00.
  • Veterinary Care of Breeding flocks of Birds of prey and psittacines – Tips and Tricks
    Master Class
    29/04/2019 14:00 - 16:00
    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.
  • Veterinary Nursing Day - 30 April
    30/04/2019 09:00 - 18:30
    The ICARE Veterinary Nursing stream has been developed in response to a growing interest from veterinary nurses in the exotic species. This nursing stream is dedicated not only to experienced exotic veterinary nurses but also to general practice veterinary nurses who want to improve their foundational skills in nursing exotics, and student veterinary nurses that require further support in their understanding of the exotic patients.
  • Veterinary Nursing Role Panel
    Veterinary Nursing Day
    30/04/2019 17:15 - 18:30
    The final session of the day covers the variety of roles covered by UK exotic animal vet nurses. A panel of established and experienced vet nurses will be presented, who represent variable job roles that encounter exotic species from the GP to referral and conservation pioneers. The session will provide an opportunity for delegates to direct questions to this panel of vet nurses about their current job and their various career paths.

    This session is part of the Veterinary Nursing Day, available to Veterinary Nurses only. Tickets for the Nursing Day only are available for £180.00.
ICARE 2019
London, UK