Online Conference Exotic medicine

October 26 - 28, 2020

Avian Medicine & Pocket Pets - Dr. Olivia Petritz
Reptile and Exotic Medicine - Dr. Steven Thompson

This is an on-line CE conference featuring DR. OLIVIA PETRITZ and DR. STEVE THOMPSON. We offer this CE using the ultimate social distancing platform: ZOOM. You can earn up to 15 hours of CE with your participation in our Vet Vacation conference. Conference classes will be held  following the same schedule we planned as if we were in NEW ORLEANS together!

Early Bird: One day $159. All three days $399. 5 CE hours per day before OCTOBER 19th then pricing will increase to $459 and $179.

Individual CE certificates will be emailed to each participant at the conclusion of the meeting.

October 26 (12pm -5pm ET)
12PM Avian Radiology Review & Cases (OP)
1PM Avian Emergencies & Cases (OP)
2PM Small Mammal Radiology & Cases(OP)
3PM Small Mammal Emergency & Cases (OP)
4PM Zoonotic Disease Update (OP)

October 27 (9am - 2pm ET)
9AM Common Emergencies of Reptiles (OP)
10AM Analgesics in Small Mammals & Birds (OP)
11:30AM Corona Lessons: GI in Ferrets (ST)
12:30PM Dietary &GI Disorders in Rabbits (ST)
1:30PM Dental Disease Exotic Mammals (ST)

October 28 (12pm - 5pm ET)
12PM Small Mammal Dermatology (ST)
1PM Tortoise - Don’t be Frightened by the Shell (ST)
2PM America’s Favorite Lizard-Dragon Medicine (ST)
3PM Drs who DooAlot for Little Guy(ST)
4PM Case Presentations/interactive discussion (ST)



Social Distance While you Stay at Home and Earn 15 Hours of Continuing Education!!

Dr. Olivia Petritz and Dr.  Steve Thompson are experts in the field of  Birds, Reptiles, Exotic Mammals and more!  See their topics and biographies below.

The ZOOM remote video and audio webinar platform will allow for the following:

  • The speaker’s slide presentation will be on your device screen.
  • You will hear the speaker audio.
  • You will be able to raise your hand to ask questions and get rapid response answers
  • We will make this as interactive as possible.
  • We will send you a link to access the conference.
  • Based on your continued log in for the meeting, we will send a digital CE certificate of completion.

Prior to the conference, we will email you the notes.

Registration is $399 for the entire conference or $159 per day. Each day is 5 hours of CE.

Additional information

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October 26-28 (3 days) $459, October 26 only $179, October 27 only $179, October 28 only $179

Exotic Medicine

Olivia Petritz DVM, DACZM

Olivia Petritz completed her undergraduate and veterinary degree at Purdue University in Indiana. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at a specialty hospital in San Diego, CA followed by an exotic animal internship at Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics in Houston, TX.

Dr. Petritz returned to California to complete an ACZM residency at the University of California, Davis in companion exotics and zoo medicine, and achieved board certification in November of 2013. She then founded an exotics service at a specialty hospital in Los Angeles and worked there for three years prior to starting as an assistant professor at NC State in 2017. She shares her home with her husband, two children, two dogs, a cat, a guinea pig, and the noisiest one of everyone, a cockatiel.

Presentation Synopsis

- Avian Radiology review and case presentations
- Avian Emergencies and case presentations
- Small mammal radiology and case presentations
- Small mammal emergencies and case presentations
- Updates on zoonotic diseases of exotics pets
- Updates on analgesics in small mammals and birds
- Common emergencies of reptiles
- Reptile radiology and case presentations

Avian and Exotic Medicine

Dr. Steven B Thompson DVM, DABVP

Dr. Steve Thompson is a clinical associate professor at Purdue University and head of the Pet Wellness initiative including dogs, cats and exotic pets. He has been an ABVP diplomate in Canine and Feline practice since 2000. After an early internship and working as a keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo, he has continued his interest in working with exotic pets and wildlife conservation. He saw over 10% exotics while a small animal associate in AAHA 5 doctor hospital in Rockville, MD and then advised the Raptor Rehab program and saw exotic pets while a clinical faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past 24 years, he has expanded Purdue’s caseload to include over 600 exotic pet visits each year, both primary care and advanced care needs, including emergencies and referrals. He leads the Primary Care dog, cat and exotic pet rotations for 3rd and 4th year DVM and RVT student rotations and is affiliated with Purdue’s Center for the Human – Animal Bond and Center for Animal Welfare Science. He has authored a chapter on pharmacotherapy for phobias and research articles and abstracts related to feline urologic disorders, vaccines and immunology, surgery and pain management in conservation research with endangered species and veterinary practice economics for veterinary students. He served on the AAHA canine life stage wellness taskforce and the 2012 and subsequent 2019 update publications of these guidelines. He has presented topics at international meetings, including exotic pet and zoo conservation meetings, in Canada, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Budapest and Japan. He is involved with several conservation organizations and has provided veterinary care in wildlife cooperatives with the US Fish & Wildlife service as well as the Ohio, Michigan and Indiana DNR related to Peregrine Falcons, Whooping Cranes, River Otters, Hellbender salamanders and Timber Rattlesnakes.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Common GI problems of Ferrets
2. Dietary Disorders in Rabbits
3. Dental Disease in Exotic Companion Mammals
4. Small Mammal Dermatology
5. Tortoise Overview – Don’t be frightened by the Shell
6. America’s Favorite Lizard – Dragon medicine
7. Drs who DooAlot for ALittle Guy: Reptile or Avian case presentations/interactive discussion