Don't Worry, be Hoppy! - Nursing the Exotic Mammal Patient
Exotic mammals are increasingly presented to veterinary practices both within Australia and worldwide. Many species that were previously considered as children’s or backyard pets are now fully fledged family members living indoors. Veterinary care for small mammal patients is also becoming more sophisticated and advanced with the rise in owner expectations.
This webinar will cover the basics of nursing exotic small mammals, including rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs. A focus will be placed on husbandry and diet as these factors play an important role in health and welfare. Safe handling skills, tips for clinical examination and hospitalisation will also be covered. We aim to empower participants to become confident in providing great nursing care to these increasingly popular pets.
Recording from 23 August 2023
Joanne Sheen, BVM&S CertZooMed Diplomate ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Practice)
Dr Joanne Sheen graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2004. She holds a Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, and in 2017, became a Diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice. She is currently only one of two veterinarians in Australia that hold this qualification.
Jo has been involved in exotic animal medicine in various capacities since 2005 both in Australia and internationally, ranging from a first opinion and referral exotic animal veterinarian in the private sector, in industry, and as an expert witness for a number of organizations. She has presented and written on various exotic animal topics both within Australia and internationally. Jo’s professional interests are in hepatic and gastrointestinal diseases of rabbits and mycobacteriosis in exotic animals. She is currently the senior associate exotic animal veterinarian at Sydney Exotic and Rabbit Vets, Australia.