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Explore LafeberVet's NEW Emergency & Critical Care Teaching Module, designed to assist the participant in meeting the requirements for a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society-certified facility

The basics of emergency medicine and critical care are universal, however veterinarians face a unique set of challenges when caring for birds, exotic companion mammals, and reptiles. Level 1 of this teaching module reviews the basics. To learn more in Level 2, review key points for each taxonomic group:  birds, exotic companion mammals, and reptiles. Level 2 also includes three brief quizzes that reinforce fundamental principles. Delve deeper in Level 3 by browsing pertinent content on LafeberVet.

Completion of Levels 1 and 2 (including the brief quizzes on birds, mammals, and reptiles) takes approximately 70 minutes.

Visit the NEW Teaching Module landing page. Featured content includes…

NEW Exotic Animal History Podcast

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Photo credit: Laurent Lebois via Flickr Creative Commons

Why is the exotic animal history so important? Although the history is important in all species, improper diet and husbandry are often major contributors to illness in non-traditional pets. A detailed and accurate history is often one of the most important parts of clinical evaluation for the exotic animal. Visit LafeberVet's NEW Exotic Animal History [podcast or transcript] to learn more or just for a quick review.

NEW Analgesia and Sedation in Exotic Companion Mammals

hunched rabbit The approach to analgesia and sedation in exotic companion mammals faces special challenges, including small patient size and the unique features of prey species mentality. Visit NEW Analgesia and Sedation in Exotic Companion Mammals* [review article] to learn more or just for a quick review.


NEW Signs of Illness in the Avian Patient

fluffed lovebird jill murray Birds typically hide signs of illness, and many conditions produce a very similar clinical picture. NEW Recognizing Signs of Illness in the Avian Patient* [brief slideshow] explores common clinical signs of illness in the bird from non-specific signs of illness to respiratory deficits and abnormal droppings.
Photo credit: Jill Murray, RVT

UPDATED Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Exotic Animals

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Photo credit: Katrina Lafferty, CVT
There are many excellent resources on CPR in the veterinary patient, however there is very little specific information about CPR in exotic animal species. Although the principles of resuscitation are the same for all species, UPDATED Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Exotic Animals* [review article] explores important species-specific considerations related to patient disposition, anatomy, and physiology.

Do You Provide Urgent Care? We'd Love to Hear From You

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We plan to update our Recommended Reading List, particularly for use in emergency and critical care settings. What books would you recommend to colleagues? Please complete this 15-second POLL.

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