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Focus on Exotics

Discover the latest in focus on exotics with this 3-day webinar series!

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Live Lecture Schedule

Hospital Nutrition Plans for Exotics

Speaker: Kara Burns

The Feather Damaging Parrot: Diagnostic Work-Up and Therapeutic Options

Speaker: Yvonne van Zeeland

Feather damaging behavior (FDB), also referred to as feather destructive behavior, feather plucking, feather picking or pterotillomania, is one of the most common and frustrating conditions to address in captive parrots. Successful management is largely dependent on the correct and timely identification of the underlying signaling stimuli or factors contributing to the onset of the problem behavior and the reinforcing aspects and consequences that maintain the behavior. This lecture will provide an overview of the underlying aetiologies, diagnostic considerations and treatment options for FDB in the psittacine patient.

Endoscopy on Rabbits and GIT issues

Speaker: Charly Pignon


Kara Burns

MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry)

Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician with a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and as a poison specialist dealing with human and animal poisonings.

Kara is the Founder and Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She teaches nutrition courses around the world. Kara is an independent nutritional and well-being consultant, the Director of Veterinary Nurse Development for Wellhaven Pet Health and is the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse.

She is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession: Pet Nutrition Alliance President, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition executive board; Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education Manager; National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Past President; Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics board member; and the Collaborative Care Coalition executive board, to name a few.

She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.

Ms. Burns has been featured on the cover of the Veterinary Technician Journal and the NAVTA Journal and most recently has been featured in PetVet Magazine. She was named the North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year in 2013, 2016, and in 2021. She was granted an honorary VTS (Internal Medicine) in 2011. She was also granted an honorary VTS (Dentistry) in 2012. She was named the Inaugural NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2010, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer.

Yvonne van Zeeland

DVM, MVR, PhD, DipECZM (Avian, Small Mammal), CPBC

Yvonne van Zeeland graduated with merit from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Utrecht, The Netherlands) in 2004. Having worked briefly in private practice, she returned to academia to successfully complete an internship in Companion Animal Medicine, residency in Avian Medicine and PhD on feather damaging behaviour in Grey parrots. Yvonne currently works as an Associate Professor at the Division of Zoological Medicine, and actively contributes to the (inter)national development and advancement of avian and exotic animal medicine through lecturing, publishing and membership of various professional organizations and committees, including having served as President for the Association of Avian Veterinarians. For these ongoing and outstanding contributions to the field, she received the T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award in 2021.

Charly Pignon

DVM, DECZM (Small Mammal)

Charly Pignon is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal) and a board member of Yaboumba, a French association for continuing education in exotic and wild animals. Charly graduated in 2005 from Alfort National Veterinary School in Maisons-Alfort, France. His veterinary thesis was based on a wildlife conservation project in Cambodia. He then worked at the wildlife rescue center in Alfort and the Paris Zoo (la Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes). In 2009, Charly completed an exotic animal medicine internship at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and when he returned to France he created the Exotic Medicine Service at Alfort National Veterinary School. Dr. Pignon’s current field of research focuses on ear surgery and orthopedic surgery in small mammals, and blood transfusion in ferrets. Dr. Pignon is also the Immediate Past President (2017-2018) of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

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Join 3 exceptional speakers who will share their take on the latest, relevant, and exciting literature published in focus on exotics.