Although rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets are not presented for services in the same numbers as cats and dogs, these pets also deserve the best medical care possible. Are you comfortable with the husbandry, behavior, physical exams, treatment, and restraint of these animals? Are you capable of providing superior client education to their owners? If not, it may be that your practice lacks effective protocols to treat these small animals and/or you have not been trained specifically in the treatment of rabbits and ferrets and pocket pets. Continuing education does not always cover these species.
This course is designed to increase your familiarity with these pets by providing species-specific information across a broad spectrum of areas. Exotic Medicine: General Care and Husbandry of Companion Animal Exotics covers ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and hedgehogs. A review in the anatomy and physiology of each species is provided along with critical husbandry and nutritional factors that are essential to their survival.
A basic approach to veterinary care presents detailed information on restraint, physical examination and venipuncture techniques along with parasites, fluid therapy, pain management and medication administration. Some team members find they enjoy working with these animals and become the “go-to” person when they are seen by the clinic. The attending veterinarian needs a team member who is aware of the special needs and concerns of these small pets. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course.
Exotic Medicine: General Care and Husbandry of Companion Animal Exotics is a 4-week course that provides expert content, practical assignments, case studies, and examinations so that participants will leave the course feeling confident in their new knowledge, and able to care for these animals. This course is designed for complete utilization of veterinary technicians, enhancing the veterinary:technician team approach in the care of exotic patients.
This course was formally titled Basic Principles of Ferrets, Rabbit and Pocket Pets.