Reducing Risk - The Importance of Consistent Monitoring in Small Mammals (for veterinary nurses)
As the popularity of rabbits and guinea pigs as family pets increases in Australia the number of these animals seen for routine procedures in general practice is also increasing. Historically surgery in small mammals has been considered high risk due to their small size and unpredictability under anaesthetic. Consistent monitoring of the patient before, during and after their procedure has been found to greatly reduce the risk of complications involved, making surgery less dangerous for our patients and less stressful for our veterinary teams. Nurses are the most important people in this process, providing care and identifying potential risk factors before they become problems. In this webinar we hope to provide some information on monitoring techniques easily undertaken in general practice, which will make everyone more comfortable with rabbits and guinea pigs as anaesthetic patients. We hope that this in turn will improve welfare for these patients by giving them the opportunity to be treated as safely as dogs and cats.
In case you have missed this webinar, you have the opportunity to watch a recorded version here.
This webinar qualifies for one (1) hour of continuing education.
Dr Zoe Feigen has been at Melbourne Rabbit Clinic since 2014, moving down from NSW after graduating from The University of Sydney. Zoe has owned rabbits for over 20 years and decided at a young age to become a vet so that they could ‘fix all the bunnies’. They are enthusiastic about improving the welfare and appreciation of rabbits and guinea pigs, particularly in regards to sharing information and making knowledge more accessible to clients and others in the veterinary profession. Zoe’s pet project is developing MRC’s veterinary portal, to allow vets and nurses to log in and access papers the clinic has written.
Zoe is owned by a tiny and opinionated Netherland dwarf called Freddy.