SYMPOSIUM & WORKSHOP
23 – 24 March, 2023
International event for exotic pet veterinarians.
A unique opportunity to gain knowledge from world-class specialists.
About the Event
We kindly invite you to the first Avian Symposium and Workshop organised by Furry Vets in Warsaw!
This unique event will be held by two avian practitioners coming from different clinical backgrounds who will share practical tips on the most common bird disease management. We invite veterinarians and students who would like to start their journey with exotic bird patients.
The symposium day (23 March) will be covered by Francois le Grange BVSc, BScM, MRCVS – avian practitioner who gained his experience while working in his home country of South Africa, Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar, as well as by Dubai Royal Family and Spix’s macaw reintroduction programme (Germany & Brazil).
The practical workshop (24 March) will be run by dr Francois le Grange and dr Zoltan Szabo DVM, DACZM, DABVP(ECM), DABVP(Avian), GpCert(ExAP), MRCVS.
HOURS OF LECTURES
HOURS OF WET LABS
Meet the Speakers
Francois le Grange
BVSc, BSc, MRCVS
Francois qualified from the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort in 2009, where he was working for few years a clinician at Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital. Despite clinical work he was involved in various research projects as well as student mentorship. Avian and reptile field were always his main fields of interest, next to the zoological and wildlife field work around various zoos and nature reserves in South Africa.
After he left his home country, he started conservation medicine in Qatar at Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation founded by the Qatari Prince Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani. There he first joined the critically endagered Spix’s macaw reintroduction program – reproduction and reintroduction of the rarest parrots in the world.
He continued his Middle East chapter by moving to the United Arab Emirates to serve the Royal Family in Dubai with all their complex wildlife needs – from large mammals, through birds of prey, large reptiles to wild cats.
After over 2 years in Dubai, he decided to move to Germany to once again join the spix’s macaw breeding programme, where together with the team of avian experts he was responsible for their health, reproduction and care for chicks and then release of the spix’s macaws back into the wild in Brazil.
He has presented at multiple conferences around the world. Now he is stationed in Norway where he runs XOvet consulting – telemedicine second opinion service for exotic pet vets.
DVM, DACZM, DABVP(ECM), DABVP(Avian), GpCert(ExAP), MRCVS
Dr Zoltan is the Director of Exotic Services at Concordia Pet Care, the largest exotic animal referral centre in Asia, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the City University of Hong Kong.
He is an international speaker and a co-author of several books about exotic animal surgery and avian diseases. He has published over twenty articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals and presented dozens of lectures at veterinary conferences. Dr Zoltan has special interest in microsurgery and promotes exotic pet medicine via social media. His motto is “No patient is too small to help.”
Dr Zoltan has six postgraduate degrees in exotic animal medicine from three countries. In the USA, apart from being a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, he is also a double-boarded diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specialising in Avian Practice and Exotic Companion Mammal Practice. In the United Kingdom, he is a Specialist of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, and he received the General Practitioners Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and the Certificate in Exotic Animal Medicine in Hungary.
Dr Zoltan had the opportunity to do research and work as a wildlife veterinarian in nine countries on four continents. Apart from Hong Kong, UK and Hungary, he worked at the Wildlife Institute of India; later, in South Africa, he had a project on African buffalo anaesthesia, and then he worked at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. He was the field veterinarian of the Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru. Later he worked on an avian malaria project on the Galapagos Islands and was also a veterinarian and lecturer at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic.
Get to know the conference agenda and workshop topics.
Location: Warsaw, Poland – Airport Okęcie Hotel
Francois le Grange BVSs, BSc, MRCVS
Lectures held in English 🇬🇧
9:00 – 11:00 – Avian patient in hospital
11:00 – 11:30 – Break
11:30 – 12:10 – Avian renal diseases
12:10 – 13:00 – Avian acute respiratory disease
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 14:40 – Avian anaesthesia
14:40 – 15:30 – Avian liver diseases
15:30 – 16:00 – Break
16:00 – 17:00 – Avian dermatology
17:00 – 17:30 – Q&A Session
Location: Warsaw (exact location TBA max. beginning February 2023)
Course language: English 🇬🇧
Francois le Grange BVSc, BSc, MRCVS
Zoltan Szabo DVM, DACZM, DABVP(ECM), DABVP(Avian), GpCert(ExAP), MRCVS
Our wet lab is directed to the veterinarians and students who would like to start their practice with avian patients.
The workshop includes a theoretical part and a presentation of each technique and then the time for practical training under the supervision of our course masters.
9:00-10:30 – Theory: Basics of avian soft tissue surgery and fracture repair + radiology (Z. Szabo)
10:30-11:00 – Bird handling techniques and intro to practicals
11:00-11:30 – Break
11:30-13:30 – Practicals part I
13:30-14:30 – Lunch
14:30-16:30 – Practicals part II
16:30-17:00 – Break
17:00-17:45 – Q&A, discussion, summary and end of the workshop
Practical wet lab will cover topics of:
- Fluid therapy and intraosseous access
- Air sac tube placement
- Tube and gavage feeding
- Crop and cloacal swab techniques
- Crop surgery
- Foreign object removal
- Spay techniques
- Proventricular surgery
- And other selected soft tissue surgery techniques depending on the group level and interest.
Topics are subject to minor changes due to the availability of the selected species cadavers. Our lecturers will present the techniques and participants will practise them in pairs. Each person will have guaranteed at least one cadaver for training.
The organisers provide participants with surgical kits, personal protective equipment, lunch and coffee breaks, workshop certificates and materials in English.
We issue invoices to all orders.
Please, be informed that tickets for lectures (23 March) and workshop (24 March) need to be ordered separately.
23 March, 2023
Lectures held in English 🇬🇧
Avian Medicine Workshop
24 March, 2023
Workshop held in English 🇬🇧
Furry Vets is a project ran by Vetnolimits. In VETNOLIMITS we deliver educational services to veterinary professionals in Poland and around Europe. We teach clinical as well as business and soft skills during our lectures, workshops and conferences. We offer online courses on our e-learning platform, too.
Over the last 5 years we organised:
- 3 conferences gathering over 500 people,
- 1 online conference,
- 6 workshops and wet labs.
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