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34 Cards in this Set

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King snake
love bird
What must be done if you want to try and add exotics to your practice?
must make investments beforehand and be committed
-can't just start seeing them and see how it goes
new Zealand white
Why do you not want to be the only doctor in the practice seeing exotics?
It's not fair to:
-the client
-the animal
-associates and staff
Places to get support for going into exotic medicine
Strategy to looking at exotic animals
-decide which animals you're willing to see
-invest and study from available resources (anatomy and physiology, husbandry, diseases)
Why is an exotic animal exam not the same as an exam for a cat an dog?
-not just a pet exam
-in depth discussion of diet, housing, nutrition, etc.
-history very important because exotics are adept at masking signs of disease and are often ill
Best way to learn and improve knowledge of exotic animal medicine
-share what we see and know
Exotic animal continuing education
-association meetings
-national meetings
-regional meetings
-hobbyist meetings
What is the key to success in exotic animal medicine?
Staff members

Needed to enlist, excite and educate on:
-animal handling
-client ed
Methods of client education
-exotic practitioners (primary source)
-club meetings
-client handouts
Biggest mental hurdle in exotic animal medicine
-fee schedule
How to establish fees?
use guidelines for other animals
-practice overhead
-time spent with client and patient (usually longer)
-direct costs of each case

Don't think that small animals = small fees
Don't assume that a cheap pet = cheap owner
Don't believe that no one would want to spend much on an animal that only lives 2 yrs
Types of marketing
-yellow pages
-hospital brochure
-follow-up communication
-other media
-hospital logo

-word of mouth
-complimentary classes
Easiest part of getting ready to see exotics
-equipping the hospital
Things to equip the hospital with if possible
-separate waiting area
-client education
-closed shelves
-no ceiling fans
-covered windows
Things needed for hospitalization
-some way to keep away from predators
-hot room (reptiles/avian)
-ambient temp, humidity, lighting
Housing considerations
-standard cages
Surgery equipment
-small suture/hemoclips
-ophthalmic/vascular instruments
-radiosurgery (cut w/ coag)
Anesthesia equipment
-gas anesthesia (iso, sevo)*
-non-cuffed endotracheal tubes
-small face masks
Monitoring and support equipment
-pulse oximetry
Endoscope equipment
-rigid endoscope
-flexible endoscope?
Dental equipment
-Ferrets --> same equipment as cats
-Rabbits/rodents --> special tools for cheek teeth, dremel with cutting disk
What can be used in place of an e-collar?
radiograph film
Why is a gram scale needed?
-need an accurate measurement of weight before administration of any drug
Types of diets
-formulated diets
-fresh produce
-critical care diets
Medication needs
-most medications are ok
-look in exotic animal formularies
-compounding pharmacies
Radiographic needs
-high detail
Clin path needs
-outside labs for abnormal tests
-small tubes for samples