Friday 19 November


8am: Conducting a pet bird consultation| Kevin Turner
This presentation provides an outline to assist general practitioners conduct a thorough consultation with avian pets. It will highlight the key differences from cat and dog consultations with respect to history taking, the physical exam and basic handling skills. By improving skills in this area, delegates will obtain the groundwork to be able to more confidently treat avian patients.

9am: Avian medicine - the common problems | Allen Yang
This talk will cover the most commonly encountered disease conditions of avian patients in general practice. Starting with a quick overview of the clinical approach of avian patients to diagnose such conditions, the talk will have its focus on the treatment, prognosis, prevention of the conditions, as well as some practical tips. Knowing what to expect gives veterinarians much more comfort and confidence in managing these tricky patients and to build the right expectations with the owners. Hope this talk will benefit many veterinarians with an avian passion to gain confidence and deliver better care to our special little patients.

10.30am: Plenary | Sam Hazledine

11.30am: The basics of pet bird nutrition| Kevin Turner
Malnutrition continues to play a key role in the diseases commonly seen in avian practise. By understanding nutrition and the common errors made, the practitioner can better understand the causes of disease and provide effective solutions. This presentation provides simple strategies that can be applied in clinical practise.

12pm: Veterinary involvement in the Kakapo recovery programme | Lydia Uddstrom
The conservation of the kākāpō species is unique, with intensive management allowing for the detailed monitoring of each individual. Since the establishment of the Kākāpō Recovery Program in 1995 veterinarians have been involved in a range of situations from a disease risk assessment, to an AI program, to the treatment of individuals birds. This talk aims to highlight some of these key points at which veterinary involvement has helped to conserve this taonga species.

1.30pm: Husbandry of wildlife in the clinic | Pauline Nijman

2pm: Avian anaesthesia and analgesia | Auckland Zoo

2.30pm: Avian radiology | Megan Jolly
Radiology is a core part of most diagnostic work ups of the avian patient. However, the weird world of avian anatomy with complicated skeletons and overlapping organs can make interpretation of radiographs problematic for those more used to furred patients. This presentation aims to described how to take diagnostic radiographs of your avian patients and outlines the interpretation of those radiographs.

4pm: Avian diagnostics | Janelle Ward
Birds are adept at hiding signs of illness that can mean a puzzling presentation. Find out the most practical and informative diagnostic tools to solve avian enigmas. Blood tests, crop wash and faecal tests can give you vital clues to diagnose common diseases of the avian patient.

5pm: Avian surgery and endoscopy | Micah Jensen

Saturday 20 November


8am: Local conservation | Various

10.30am: Wildlife rehab disease transmission risks | Auckland Zoo

11am: Wildlife surveillance MPI | Craig Pritchard

11.30am: Vet pathology | Stu Hunter

12pm: Reptiles | Auckland Zoo

1.30pm: Massey University resident’s papers

2.30pm: International veterinary collaboration in a complex wildlife case | Lydia Uddstrom
As wildlife veterinarians it is not unusual to be presented with patients from species with which we are unfamiliar. On July 11 2021 we were presented with arguably one of the most unique patients you could ever face – a neonatal orca who became known as “Toa”. Assistance was rapidly sought from a panel of international veterinarians who collaborated to provide advice on how to care for Toa whilst an attempt was made to relocate his pod.

3pm: Ecology | Massey University

4pm: Practitioner papers | Stefan Saverimuttu & Bridey White

5pm: Wildlife Branch of the NZVA AGM

Sunday 21 November


8am: Wildlife practitioner papers | Various

10.30am: Field trip: Banks Peninsula


8am: Workshop (half day) | Avian skills for the practioner
Understand the theory but want to put it into practice? This workshop will give you the opportunity to practice techniques such as bandaging, crop tubing, necropsy and blood draws for the avian patient. Learn handling and x-ray positioning and wow your colleagues with your new bird skills! This workshop utilises cadavers to practice techniques under supervision of experienced avian vets.