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Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

Exotic Animal Practice

Two year clinical programme

Clinical Pathology

  • Understand how to collect diagnostic samples including sampling sites and blood volumes, faecal, urine and bone marrow samples
  • Interpret haematological profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Interpret biochemical profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Evaluate bone marrow samples
  • Understand how to collect and evaluate cytological samples
  • Appreciate microbiological investigation of exotic animals
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Therapeutics and Immunisation

  • Explain how various legislation relates to the pharmacy and have a knowledge of the Medicines Act 1968, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH regulations 2002
  • Understand the correct storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents including anaesthetics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, antimicrobials and anti-parasitics
  • Immunisation of exotic patients
  • Delivery of drugs to exotic pets and zoo animal
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Principles of Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

  • Appreciate different administration techniques and cannulation techniques
  • Select appropriate agents for the restraint, pre-medication, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Identify the type of fluid replacement required
  • Calculate fluid requirements
  • Monitor anaesthesia
  • Apply knowledge of emergency and resuscitation techniques in anaesthesia to clinical situations if required
  • Understand the basic principles of emergency and critical care medicine of exotic pets
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Diagnostic Imaging

Appreciate the value of imaging techniques in mammals, reptiles and avian species including:

  • Radiography and radiology of soft tissues and the skeleton
  • Contrast media techniques
  • Ultrasonography and echocardiography
  • Principles of endoscopy including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Current Concepts in Surgery

  • Understand basic surgical techniques, surgical neutering and coelomic surgery
  • Use knowledge gained to implant microchips
  • Apply knowledge gained to performing various oesophagostomy techniques
  • Understand how to repair shell and beak defects
  • Explain the use of radiosurgery in exotics
  • Approach the orthopaedic patient and understand the common fracture types in different species, the principles of internal and external fracture repair and muscle tendon adhesions
WhenWhereSpeaker
15 May 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Romain Pizzi

Avian Medicine and Surgery

  • Investigate and treat gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Investigate and treat diseases of the upper and lower airways including the nares, sinuses, and infections such as Chlamydophilosis and Aspergillosis 
  • Approach beak and feather disease and feather plucking
  • Understand urogenital tract disease including excessive egg laying, egg binding, cloacal disease and orchitis
  • Manage trauma cases including fractures
WhenWhereSpeaker
16 May 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Neil Forbes

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Gerbils

  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin diseases including ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and endocrine disorders
  • Understand diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract including Tyzzer’s disease, wet tail, dental malocclusions and coccidiosis
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders and endocrine conditions
  • Understand the diseases which affect the reproductive and urinary tracts
  • Appreciate conditions which affect the CNS
  • Understand sebaceous gland dermatitis, reproductive and adrenal gland disease affecting the skin and behavioural induced skin disease in gerbils
  • Legislation concerning the care and use of relevant laboratory animals
WhenWhereSpeaker
26 Jun 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Richard Saunders

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Rabbits

  • Diagnose and treat dermatological diseases
  • Investigate and treat gastrointestinal diseases including motility disturbances, mucoid enteropathy and diarrhoea
  • Formulate a treatment plan for dental disease including overgrown teeth and traumatic injuries to teeth, treatment of abscesses and caries
  • Diagnose and treat respiratory tract disease including Pasteurellosis
  • Understand conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems including vestibular disease
  • Investigate and treat reproductive and urinary tract diseases
  • Describe common infectious diseases such as E cuniculi, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease
WhenWhereSpeaker
27 May 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Richard Saunders

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Ferrets and Fish

  • Diagnose and treat ectoparasitic, bacterial, fungal, viral and neoplastic skin disease in ferrets
  • Diagnose and treat diseases affecting the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems in ferrets
  • Understand infectious diseases in ferrets such as distemper, tuberculosis, Aleutian disease and human influenza
  • Assess disease patterns, environmental factors and fish husbandry and apply these to quarantine and disease prevention strategies
  • Perform clinical examinations and have a knowledge of anaesthesia, medication and therapeutics with respect to fish
  • Diagnose and treat common skin diseases, ocular disorders, respiratory and internal disease and have an understanding of the principles of fish surgery
WhenWhereSpeaker
11 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Unusual Mammalian Pets, Amphibians and Invertebrates

  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of small pet marsupials such as sugar gliders, wallabies and opossums
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of pet skunks
  • The husbandry and diseases of Procyonids such as the raccoon and kinkajou
  • The husbandry and diseases of Herpestids such as the dwarf mongoose and meerkat
  • Understand the husbandry and conditions affecting pet amphibians
  • The husbandry and diseases of invertebrates
WhenWhereSpeaker
12 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling

Reptile Medicine and Surgery

  • Formulate an approach to the sick reptile including post hibernation anorexia and hypocalcaemic collapse
  • Diagnose and treat dermatological conditions including dysecdysis, scale rot and abscesses and metabolic, nutritional and infectious bone and shell disorders
  • Diagnose and treat common gastroenterological disorders including mouth rot, vomiting and regurgitation and liver disease
  • Approach respiratory and cardiovascular disease including pneumonia and lungworm
  • Investigate respiratory tract and reproductive disease
  • Understand the common infectious diseases of reptiles
WhenWhereSpeaker
23 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling

Wildlife Medicine and Surgery

  • Explain the legislation relating to wild animals and welfare
  • Formulate an approach to the restraint, anaesthesia and trauma management
    of wild birds and mammals
  • Diagnose and manage common disorders of UK native wildlife
  • Approach rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Understand the zoonotic diseases which affect wildlife in the UK
WhenWhereSpeaker
24 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling

Primates

  • Diagnose, treat and prevent ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and neoplastic skin diseases
  • Understand gastrointestinal disease including bacterial gastroenteritis, gastric dilation, diarrhoea and dental caries
  • Appreciate diseases affecting the cardiorespiratory system
  • Understand metabolic/nutritional bone disease, musculoskeletal and neurological disease, arthritis and limb fractures
  • Investigate and treat infectious diseases
  • Diagnose and treat diseases of the urogenital tract including endometrial, ovarian and mammary disease
WhenWhereSpeaker
11 Dec 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling

Zoo Animal Medicine

  • Explain modern zoo legislation and management including Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and Balai regulations 92/65 as subsequently amended
  • Approach the routine health-care management and common disease problems of zoo animals
  • Restrain zoo animals
  • Understand drug delivery systems, immobilisation and anaesthetic regimes
WhenWhereSpeaker
12 Dec 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling
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