Advanced Avian Medicine Avian and Reptile Endoscopy - A-2-Day Practical Course

Avian & Exotic Animals

Date: Fri 5th Oct 2018 - Sat 6th Oct 2018
Venue: Vets Now
Location: Swindon, Southern England (Bristol or Heathrow Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet - GBP 825.00
Student - GBP 220.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 26th August 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 14th September 2018

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 5 - Sat 6 October. A 2-Day Practical Course


When presented with a bird or reptile, disease is often advanced and yet making a specific diagnosis can be extremely challenging.  In this course we will discuss aspects of avian and reptile husbandry and management, as so many cases are linked to poor husbandry.  We will then deal with history taking, visual and physical examination, clinical pathology testing and interpretation, anaesthesia, imaging and endoscopy, with the aim that once completed, delegates will be able to accurately access husbandry, form a realistic differential diagnosis list.  Then to be able to anaesthetise the patient, collect clinical pathology samples, interpret results, take standard radiology views and interpret them, to undertake a range of endoscopic examinations, with a view to achieving a definitive and specific diagnosis, in a timely, safe and effective manner so as to optimise prognosis for a full recovery.

On the first day the following topics will be covered in lectures and case presentations:

  • Avian Husbandry of standard avian groups
  • Reptile husbandry of standard reptile groups
  • Avian history collection, visual and physical examination
  • Reptile history collection, visual and physical examination
  • Avian anaesthesia, clinical pathology testing and interpretation
  • Reptile anaesthesia, clinical pathology testing and interpretation
  • Introduction to endoscopy
  • Maintaining Biosecurity in the Exotic Vet Facility

Frank and honest topical discussions will be encouraged during the dedicated question times, with speakers sharing their successes and failures in order to maximise the learning experience for all attending veterinarians. Day 1 will conclude with an optional course dinner which will give delegates the opportunity to get to know each other and to spend more time with the speakers.

On the second day, after a further introduction to endoscopy equipment and techniques, the 4-hour practical session will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2-5 delegates), all under the supervision of the course tutors.

Day 2 will finish with case discussions. Delegates will be encouraged to bring cases with them for discussion in this session.

The course fee includes lunches on site, coffee/tea breaks, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance (15 hours). On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs £25 (not included in the price, drinks will be charged extra). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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    Neil Forbes
    BVetMed, Dip ECZM(avian), FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Avian Medicine
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    Neil qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, Specialist in Avian Medicine and an FRCVS. Neil was responsible for teaching avian medicine at Bristol Vet School from 2001–2011. He has lectured internationally for many years, has contributed to more than sixty-five peer review papers and to more than thirty-seven books.  Neil has received multiple national and international awards and is a past President of both, The European College of Zoological Medicine and The European Board of Specialisation.

    Neil headed up Great Western Exotic Vets (part of the Vets Now group) in Swindon, from 2004 to 2017.  He now consults part-time at Fitzpatrick Referrals and is otherwise occupied with voluntary conservation work with critically endangered vultures, lecturing, and managing other consultancy instructions.

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    Tom Dutton
    BVM&S, CertAVP(ZooMed), Dip ECZM(avian), MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Avian Medicine
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    Tom graduated from Edinburgh University in 2011 then completed a one year rotating internship working extensively with exotic species (raptors and reptiles in particular), before starting his Residency in Avian Medicine at Great Western Exotics in 2012. In January 2014 Tom successfully gained his RCVS CertAVP(ZooMed) and completed his Residency in Avian Medicine in 2015. He obtained his European diploma DipECZM(avian) and European specialist status in 2017. Tom regularly provides lectures internationally on all aspects of exotic animal medicine and care to both veterinarians and nurses. He supervises the only UK based European College of Zoological medicine avian residency programme helping to train the specialists of the future.

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Vets Now
Unit 10, Berkshire House
County Park, Shrivenham Rd
Swindon, SN1 2NR


Distance from Heathrow Airport - approx. 66 m

Distance from Bristol Airport - approx. 50 m


Travelling by car

From the M4

Come off at junction 15 onto the A419 towards Swindon. Take the first junction off the A419 onto the A4259 and take the first exit off the roundabout, passing the Hospital on the left. At the next roundabout take the third exit following the A4259, Queen’s Drive. Follow the A4259 until Drakes roundabout and take the second exit onto the A4312, Drakes Way. Turn left at the traffic lights onto Ocotal Way and then right at the next set of traffic lights onto Shrivenham Road. At the mini roundabout turn right into County Park Business Park. Vets Now are located at the end of the road on the left.

From the A419/A420

At the White Hart Roundabout, take theA4312 - Oxford Road exit (signed Town Centre). Remain on the A4312 until the Greenbridge Roundabout. At the roundabout take the second exit (signed Town Centre & A4312). Turn right at traffic light junction with Ocotal Way - A313. Turn right at set of lights (signed Marshgate) onto Shrivenham Road. Turn right at mini-roundabout into the County Park Business Park. Vets Now are located at the end of the road on the left hand side.

Travelling by Public Transport

By Bus/Train

From Swindon Rail Station walk to bus station (Bay 16) and take the 66 Bus. After 4 stops exit at Walcot East, Drakes Park. From there it is a 6 minute walk to the centre.

Local Hotels

Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel**** 

Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN26 7AS. Tel.: +44 (0) 845 776 7676 

Distance to clinic: 4.9 m

Rooms from £77 

Brook Madison *** 

Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN3 4TL. Tel.: +44 (0) 1793 831 333 

Distance to clinic: 1.9 m

Rooms from £70

Jurys Inn*** 

Fleming Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2NG. Tel.: +44 (0) 1793 445600 

Distance to clinic: 1.3 m

Rooms from £67 

Travelodge Hotel - Swindon Central

Princes Way, Princes Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2SF. Tel: +44 (0) 871 984 6328 

Distance to clinic: 1.3 m

Rooms from £34 

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