Approach to birds and reptiles in general practice online

Key Information

CPD Hours: 42 hours

Course Length: Six weeks

Course Format: An intensive tutor-moderated online learning experience. Resources include online presentations, electronic course notes, case studies, videos, supplementary reading material and discussion forums with colleagues and the tutors

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Identification, husbandry requirements and handling of the most commonly presented species
  • Common presentations in birds and reptiles and how to approach them, including case based scenarios
  • How to successfully anaesthetise a bird or reptile
  • Surgical techniques, critical care and analgesia
About this course

Are you perplexed by parrots, troubled by tortoises or stumped by snakes? Would you like to feel more confident when an unusual species appears on your consult list?

Birds and reptiles have become popular pets in the UK. They are frequently presented for veterinary care, often as emergencies. This course aims to help clinicians build confidence in their approach to the exotics case and to develop sound diagnostic and treatment plans based on the most up-to-date evidence. The course is suitable for both experienced and new graduate vets.

Why do this course?
If you are seeing birds and reptiles on an occasional or regular basis and wish to build your confidence in approaching these cases. If you want to update your knowledge and apply best practice to provide optimal care for these species.

Course notes
In line with the RVC’s environmental policy we are trying to reduce our use of paper, therefore we will not be supplying printed course notes. The course notes will be available electronically as a downloadable pdf on the course which can be printed.


Vicki Baldrey, BSc BVSc DZooMed (Avian) MRCVS
Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Joanna Hedley, BVM&S DZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology) MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College