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What is Wildlife and Exotics Congress?

Wildlife and Exotics Congress is a one day virtual event that explores the care of wildlife and exotic species in veterinary practice.

This congress offers 7 hours of evidenced CPD and we will be welcoming a range of expert industry speakers to deliver lectures on topics including:

  • Avian Anaesthesia – Keeping it safe
  • An introduction to monitoring anaesthesia in small furries
  • Hibernation: Let's dispel myths and legends to face it safely
  • Nursing Care for Hedgehogs
  • What’s Up Doc? – Top Tips for Rabbit Patients

Who should attend?

Veterinary nurses looking to develop their knowledge of wildlife and exotics nursing. This congress will be particularly useful if you're:

  • Interested in learning more about caring for wildlife or exotic species
  • Aiming to specialise in the nursing of wildlife or exotic species
  • Aiming to progress within your role
  • Interested in keeping up-to-date with everything happening in the industry

Why attend?

  • Listen to lectures from a range of speakers who will be sharing their experiences and knowledge
  • Q&A sessions mean your questions will be answered by the speakers themselves
  • Gain practical takeaways that you can implement in your practice
  • Gain information, product knowledge and offers from our virtual exhibitors
  • Earn 7 hours of evidenced CPD
  • Gain online access to recordings of all the lectures and lectures from previous congresses up until the next event
Download the agenda (PDF)

Online Registration, Exhibition and Lounges

Chair's Welcome

Alison Langridge APVN (Avian&Herp) MSc VetEd PGDip PGCert RVN BA(Hons) FHEA, The College of Animal Welfare

An introduction to monitoring anaesthesia in small furries!

Katy Allen RVN NCert(ECC) CertAVN(Anaesthesia)

This presentation will cover key learning points, in order to help enable you to:

  • Identify normal parameters in small furry species
  • Identify risks involved in anaesthetising these species, including hypothermia and how to minimise
  • Know how to adapt the use of your multi-parameter to use for anaesthetic monitoring on these species including your capnograph

Avian Anaesthesia – Keeping it safe!

Matthew Rendle RVN, The Association of Zoo & Exotic Veterinary Nurses (AZEVN)

Veterinary professionals can often be fearful of avian anaesthesia and whist it is true, they are very different to companion mammals, avian anaesthesia can be carried out both very safely and welfare minded - if we have a good understanding of the anatomy of these ‘living dinosaurs’. This presentation will cover the following key learning points:

  • Greater understanding of how birds breathe
  • How being well prepared is essential for bird anaesthesia
  • How attention to detail is really important and will help to ensure we get a positive outcome

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Morning Break, Online Exhibition and Lounges

What’s Up Doc? – Top Tips for Rabbit Patients

Jo Megarity RVN, LagoLearn

This session provides a selection of top tips across a broad range of rabbit subjects for use in clinical and rescue settings for both domestic and wild rabbits. As a prey species, we need to take a different approach to their care and be able to understand the subtle ways in which they communicate.

Topics include stress reduction techniques, handling restraint and kennelling options, triage tips, pain scoring, commonly presenting issues and more! This is designed to give you as many top tips as possible to give you a better understanding of rabbits and how to nurse them.

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Lunch Break, Online Exhibition and Lounges

Nursing Care for Hedgehogs

Nicola Williams BSc (Hons) RVN C&GCertVNES

The European hedgehog is a species which is sadly in decline and now vulnerable to extinction. As nurses, we can play a critical role in helping this protected species and contribute to the rehabilitation of diseased and injured individuals.

Understanding their ecology is paramount to caring for these patients appropriately, as well as being able to both advise and educate members of the general public on what to do if they find a perceived injured/ill hedgehog.

This presentation aims to give a good grounding on how to triage and care for this species effectively, how to approach a hedgehog nursing care plan, exploring husbandry and feeding behaviour and will offer some specific case examples which may be seen in practice.

Hibernation: Let's dispel myths and legends to face it safely

Gianluca Deli MRCVS, DVM, CertAVP(ZM), GPCert(ExAP), PgCert(EAS), GPAdvCertSMP, PgCert(HE), FHEA, Official Veterinarian (OV), VetGDP Adviser, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine, Medivet

Hibernation is a fundamental moment in the life of a tortoise. There are many points of view on this matter, and the owners could be misguided.

It is therefore important to know how to give owners the right advice and support them, especially if it is their first experience.

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Chair's Close

Alison Langridge APVN (Avian&Herp) MSc VetEd PGDip PGCert RVN BA(Hons) FHEA, The College of Animal Welfare

Online Exhibition and Lounges

Please note this programme is subject to change.

Alison LangridgeAlison Langridge APVN (Avian&Herp) MSc VetEd PGDip PGCert RVN BA(Hons) FHEA
The College of Animal Welfare

Alison qualified as an RVN in 2003 and currently works as an online lecturer for the College of Animal Welfare, teaching and supporting all years of BScVN and Top-Up undergraduates. She has an MSc, Post Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Veterinary Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alison has taught veterinary medicine and nursing undergraduates for fourteen years and is currently module leader for three final year elective and Top Up degree modules.
She is a member of the RCVS Ethics Review Panel and is passionate about RVN-led research in practice.

Gianluca DeliGianluca Deli MRCVS, DVM, CertAVP(ZM), GPCert(ExAP), PgCert(EAS), GPAdvCertSMP, PgCert(HE), FHEA, Official Veterinarian (OV), VetGDP Adviser, RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine

After working in Italy for 8 years, in 2018 he moved to the UK and since then is working at Seers Croft Veterinary Surgeon (West Sussex) as lead exotics vet. He obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC HE), Fellowship in Higher Education (FHEA) and General Practitioner Advanced Certificates in Small Mammals (GPAdvCertSMP) in 2022. In 2023 he obtained the Diploma recognition in Exotic Medicine from the American College of Exotic Pet Medicine. He is working towards the Certified Aquatic Veterinarian (CertAqV). Member of BVZS, AEMV, SIVAE, he routinely attends seminars, lectures and International Conferences.

Jo MegarityJo Megarity RVN

Jo has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007 and has always had a special interest in rabbits. She owns LagoLearn, which provides rabbit specific CPD to veterinary professionals in the UK and Internationally. She spends a significant amount of voluntary time highlighting animal welfare, is the Secretary of the AZEVN and is proud have been the President of the BVNA in 2019/2020. Jo has received several awards over the years including the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2014, an RCVS Innovation Award winner in 2017 and the IFAW Animal Advocate Award in 2017.

Katy AllenKaty Allen RVN NCert(ECC) CertAVN(Anaesthesia)

Katy is an RVN with a love for anaesthesia. She enjoys educating and sharing the skills and knowledge she has gained throughout her career, with the aim to improve patient care.

Throughout her career she has worked in first opinion hospitals, an ICU unit within a multidisciplinary referral hospital, a zoo and exotic referral hospital and she now enjoys working in an ophthalmology referral practice, where anaesthesia is part of her role every day.

Away from work she enjoys netball and both agility and paddle boarding with her energetic cocker spaniel!

Matthew Rendle

Matthew Rendle RVN
The Association of Zoo & Exotic Veterinary Nurses (AZEVN)

In 1994, Matthew was made Senior Theatre Nurse. He left in 2003 to pursue his interest in zoo and wildlife nursing at the Zoological Society of London. Matthew left the Zoo in April 2017 to look for new challenges within exotic and wildlife nursing.

Matt has experience in the nursing care for many species from ants to elephants (and most things in-between) and has been fortunate to travel as part of his roles.

Matt has been recognised for his managerial skills and in 2020 was awarded The Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nursing award by the BSAVA, as recognition for outstanding contribution to advancement of small animal veterinary nursing.

He lectures throughout Europe and America to veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nursing undergraduates as part of their core modules on topics such as the husbandry and welfare of exotic species and some areas of zoo and wildlife diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia.

Matt has completed a three-year term on the British Veterinary Nursing Association Council, which allowed him to help promote and raise the profile of veterinary nursing in the UK and is currently an elected member of the RCVS Veterinary Nursing council, working on many aspects of progressing and elevating the veterinary nursing profession.

Nicola WilliamsNicola Williams BSc (Hons) RVN C&GCertVNES

Nicola graduated as an RVN in 2015 whilst working at a 24-hour emergency referral practice. During her time in referral, she volunteered at several wildlife hospitals and charities within the UK where she gained valuable skills that helped her to gain employment at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital.

Once qualified, Nicola went on to complete her certificate in veterinary nursing of exotic species and wildlife.

Outside of her work duties, Nicola pursues her interest in biological monitoring, surveying and conservation, and volunteers for several wildlife organisations such as Shropshire Dormouse Group, Butterfly Conservation, Wildlife Trust and the British Trust of Ornithology.

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PALSPinmoore Animal Laboratory Services Limited (PALS)

Meet PALS – your one-stop exotics diagnostic laboratory...

We pride ourselves on our rapid and personalised veterinary diagnostic testing service and we are passionate in our aim to support vets in giving the best care to their patients.

We are specialists in the analysis of samples from all exotic species from zoos, wildlife parks and exotic veterinary practices, Aardvarks to Zebras, we do them all, along with an extensive range of diagnostic tests to support small animal, equine and farm animal vets. From tests involving multiple disciplines including, haematology, microbiology, biochemistry and cytology, to professional postmortem services – we offer a comprehensive list of options.

Throughout last year, we have launched several new ‘Express’ tests including E. cuniculi IgM & IgG antibody and PCR testing for E. cuniculi, Tritrichomonas and Chlamydia psittaci giving you results within 24 hours of receipt. Our continual investment in research and development ensures that we are at the forefront of veterinary laboratory technology and innovative techniques.

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Early Bird Tickets Available

£150 (£125+VAT)

That's a saving of £60

Once the Early Bird promotion ends, your ticket will cost: £210 (£175+VAT)

Early Bird pricing is available until Friday 23 August 2023.

Interested in exhibiting at Wildlife and Exotics Congress?

Wildlife and Exotics Congress is a one day virtual event that explores the care of wildlife and exotic species in veterinary practice.

Why exhibit with us?

  • Limited exhibitor numbers - Unlike larger congresses where hundreds of exhibitors often mean that visitors will not remember everyone, exhibition space for these events is strictly limited. As such you will get the opportunity to engage with the delegates attending our congresses personally.
  • Make meaningful business connections – Network with those that influence decision making in veterinary practice and make relevant industry contacts virtually.
  • Cost effective – with exhibitor packages starting from just £50+VAT, our prices offer value for money and fall considerably below that of larger events within the industry.

To find out more contact Claire Gregory on 01480 422060.

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