Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery - A 2-Day Practical Course

Avian & Exotic Animals

Date: Fri 18th May 2018 - Sat 19th May 2018
Venue: Vets Now Referrals, Swindon
Location: Southern England (Bristol or Heathrow Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet -
GBP 750.00
GBP 825.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
GBP 710.00
GBP 785.00
Student -
GBP 200.00
GBP 220.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 8th April 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 20th April 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 18 - Sat 19 May - A 2-Day Practical Course.


Client interest and commitment to Back Yard Poultry, has mushroomed dramatically in the past 6-8 years.  Not only has this created a requirement for clinicians to advance their avian medicine and surgery, an area traditionally not taught at undergraduate level, but also all the complexities of dispensing medication to food producing species, maintaining records etc.. This course has been designed for veterinarians in practice, who are working with backyard poultry.

The course includes discussions of common backyard poultry diseases, including aetiology, diagnosis and realistic treatment options.  As well as traditional poultry medicine and flock health, this course will take delegates a stage further, to include anaesthesia, diagnostics, common surgical challenges (crop impaction, salpingohysterectomy, fracture repairs). 

Chickens are no longer ‘an agricultural commodity’’, but often a much loved family member, with many clients willing to pursue extensive diagnostic and treatment modalities.

This is an invaluable opportunity for delegates to gain real hands-on practical experience, such that they have confidence to undertake all procedures in their own practice.

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

  • Introduction and biosecurity
  • Welfare requirements
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Anaesthesia
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Important viral diseases
  • UGT anatomy, physiology and disease
  • Therapeutics

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 an introduction to soft tissue surgery, the 3.5-hour practical session in the morning will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups, all under the supervision of the course tutors. The following topics will be covered during the practical sessions:

  • Ingluviotomy (for treatment of crop impaction, and ingluviotomy tube placement)
  • Laparotomy, Salpingohysterectomy, Enterectomy

After lunch there will be an introductory lecture into avian orthopaedic surgery.  This will be followed by a further 2.5-hour practical wet lab, where tibio-tarsal, humeral and tarso-metatarsus fracture repairs will be undertaken by all delegates.

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 (14 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 graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983 with a 1st Class Honours degree. He gained his RCVS Specialist status in 1992 and his FRCVS by examination in Exotic Bird Medicine in 1996. Neil gained his European Diploma (European Recognised Specialist) in 1997. He is well known to most UK clinicians as well as many from abroad. Neil has acted as the tutor on all European Association of Avian Vets, Avian Soft Tissue Wet Lab courses from 1997 to present.  Neil has lectured in many countries, contributed to more than 25 books and published numerous peer reviewed papers.

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    Tariq Abou-Zahr
    BVSc Resident ECZM(avian) MRCVS

    United Kingdom

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    Tariq came to Great Western Exotics from a private small animal practice in Newport, South Wales in February 2015 and began a one-year internship in Zoological Medicine. In May 2016 he was given the opportunity to stay on and become a European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Resident, under the supervision of Neil Forbes.

    Tariq has always aspired to become a specialist in the field of Zoological Medicine and whilst interested in all aspects of exotic/zoo/wildlife medicine, he has a particular interest in avian and reptilian species.

    A lifelong exotic animal enthusiast, Tariq has kept birds on and off since the age of 7, and reptiles full time since the age of 11. His current breeding projects focus predominantly on rare boa and python species. He has been contributing articles to hobbyist magazines such as Practical Reptile Keeping and Parrots Magazine since 2009.

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Vets Now Referrals, Swindon


Unit 10, Berkshire House,County Park,Shrivenham Rd, SwindonSN1 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. We 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. We 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 center.

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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