Getting a grip on reptiles (for nurses)
Reptiles may be presented to the clinic as a pet or as wildlife. As with all patients, proper handling will improve safety and comfort, while minimising risks for yourself, your staff and the animal. This webinar will address the restraint techniques for species encountered in the veterinary clinic. As one could imagine, there will be considerable difference in restraining a pet bearded dragon when compared to a wild monitor and a wide variety of techniques are available. Emphasis will be placed on handling for a physical examination and diagnostic sample collection. In some cases, proper examination is not possible without sedation or general anaesthetic. In these situations, chemical restraint will be discussed. The of use of specialised equipment and training may be necessary and these cases will be highlighted during the presentation. Finally, there will be a brief discussion on zoonotic diseases in reptiles. By the end of this webinar, attendees should have an understanding of the different methods for handling a wide variety of reptile species seen in everyday practice.
Recording from 07.02.2018
Dr.Joshua Llinas BVSc (Hons) , MVS, BSc (Hons), ARAV member
Dr Josh moved over to Australia in 1999 after completing an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biochemistry. His passion for veterinary medicine started with his first job as a veterinary assistant when he was 12 and continued through with his work as a veterinary nurse going through university in the US and Australia. He completed his veterinary science degree at the University of Queensland in 2005 and his Masters in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery through Murdoch in 2009. His interests include internal medicine with special interests in pathology and imaging. He also has a large interest in our smaller pets including birds, rodents and reptiles. When not at the clinic he spends time rock climbing, fishing and kayaking. Josh lives with his wife and two cats Bumble and Diego. He is currently studying for his Memberships in Feline Medicine through the Australian Veterinary Association.