Reptiles in Practice - From Tortoise, to Lizards and Snakes - A 2-Day Practical Course

Avian & Exotic Animals

Date: Sat 14th Apr 2018 - Sun 15th Apr 2018
Venue: Vets Now Referrals, Swindon (AS)
Location: 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
2nd vet, same clinic - GBP 785.00
Student - GBP 220.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 4th March 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 13th 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.


Sat 14 - Sun 15 April 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course.

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.


Reptile keeping is certainly on the up in the UK and across Europe. Sadly all too often case presentation is linked to husbandry and management related shortfalls. 

The first day of this course will deal with management, husbandry (with a particular emphasis on recent husbandry advances) sex determination, parisitology, common case presentations, anaesthesia, clinical pathology techniques, diagnostic imaging, differential diagnosis, treatment options and therapeutic options (drugs, doses, routes of administration). 

Conditions of snakes, chelonian, lizards and crocodilians will be considered.

Day two will involve practical aspects, plastronectomies, pharyngostomy tube placements, carapace repairs, orthopaedics (external and internal coaptation), and minimal invasive surgical techniques.


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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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    Sarah Pellett
    BSc(Hons), MA, VetMB, CertAVP(ZooMed), DZooMed (Reptilian), MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
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    Sarah Pellett graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006.    She has worked in first opinion and referral exotics practices and has completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine).  In 2016 she obtained the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine and in 2017 became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.  Sarah works at Animates Veterinary Clinic Ltd, in Thurlby, Lincolnshire, seeing a wide range of first opinion and referral exotic animal cases. 

    She is a member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV).  She is also the veterinary adviser on invertebrate health for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group and Secretary for the Veterinary Invertebrate Society. 

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