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Avian, Reptile, & Small Mammal Endoscopy

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

One of the internationally acclaimed endoscopy training programs from the University of Georgia, this 3-day continuing education course is designed to teach the theory and practical applications of diagnostic endoscopy and endosurgery in birds, reptiles, and exotic mammals. Whether you are a private practitioner, zoo/aquarium/wildlife veterinarian, or researcher this course will train you to perform minimally-invasive endoscopic procedures including biopsy techniques and basic endosurgery. This is a basic to intermediate level course, and fundamental knowledge of avian, reptilian and rabbit anatomy is assumed. You will be trained using PowerPoint lectures and video. In addition, there will be 9 hours of practical lab time in which you will be able to practice and develop your skills in anesthetized (non-recovery) research turtles or iguanas and pigeons, scheduled for euthanasia. All procedures approved by the UGA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Refreshments, lunches, certificate of training, and full color printed course notes containing all tutorial materials will be provided.

MAX: 18 veterinarians on Friday and Saturday, 12 veterinarians for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Day 1 of this event will be held at the Veterinary Medical Center (2200 College Station Road, Athens, GA) and Days 2 & 3 will be held at the College of Veterinary Medicine (501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA).

*** UPDATE: The 2 and 3 day courses are full. Please email Cheryl at cheryls@uga.edu to be added to the wait list (indicate which course you would like to attend in the email)

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Event Information

Friday and Saturday Fees : Avian and Reptile Endoscopy (15 CE Hours)
Veterinarian : $979
Resident : $769
Technician : $175 (Must be accompanied by a Vet)

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Fees : Avian, Reptile, and Rabbit Endoscopy (22 CE Hours)
Veterinarian : $1625
Resident : $1275
Technician : $225 (Must be accompanied by a Vet)


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
Location: UGA Veterinary Medical Center 2200 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30605
8:00 am 8:30 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am 8:45 am
Introductions and Course Overview
8:45 am 9:30 am
9:30 am 10:15 am
Endoscopy fees and practice management
10:15 am 10:30 am
10:30 am 11:30 am
Avian and Reptile Anesthesia for Endoscopy
11:30 am 12:30 pm
Reptile Coelioscopy
12:30 pm 1:30 pm
1:30 pm 2:15 pm
Reptile gastro-intestinal & Respiratory Endoscopy
2:15 pm 3:15 pm
Avian Coelioscopy
3:15 pm 3:30 pm
3:30 pm 4:15 pm
Avian gastro-intestinal & Respiratory Endoscopy
4:15 pm 5:00 pm
Case Reports- followed by Q&A


Start Time
End Time
Location: College of Veterinary Medicine 501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602
8:00 am 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am 12:30 pm
Reptile Endoscopy Wet-Lab: Coelioscopy, Visceral Biopsy, Gastroscopy, and Cloacoscopy
12:30 pm 1:00 pm
1:00 pm 5:00 pm
Avian Endoscopy Wet-Lab: Coelioscopy, Visceral Biopsy, Gastroscopy, and Cloacoscopy


Start Time
End Time
Location: College of Veterinary Medicine, 501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602
8:00 am 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am 9:30 am
Exotic Mammal Anesthesia for Endoscopy
9:30 am 10:15 am
Otoscopy, Stomatoscopy, Laryngoscopy, Rhinoscopy
10:15 am 10:30 am
10:30 am 11:00 am
Cystoscopy and Colonoscopy
11:00 am 12:00 pm
Laparoscopy- Ovariectomy, Visceral Biopsy, Cystoscopy, Otoscopy, Stomatoscopy, and Rhinoscopy - followed by Q&A
12:00 pm 12:30 pm
12:30 pm 5:00 pm
Rabbit Endoscopy Wet-Lab- followed by Q&A


  • Stephen Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DACZM, DECZM (herpetology), FRCVS

    Professor of Zoological Medicine Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Born in England, Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained the Diploma in zoological medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), is an RCVS recognized Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine, a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (zoo health management), and an International Fullbright Specialist in zoological medicine. He obtained his RCVS fellowship (PhD) for his work on exotic animal endoscopy and endosurgery. He has served on the ABVP subspecialties in small mammal and reptile/amphibian specialties helped create the new zoological companion animal (exotic pet) examination through the ACZM, and the new European College of Zoological Medicine, herpetology, and zoo health management subspecialties.

  • Jorg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM), DECZM

    Dr. Joerg Mayer grew up in Germany where he received his primary education. He went to Budapest / Hungary to study veterinary medicine shortly after the “iron curtain” fell. During his studies he was fortunate to be able to work with veterinarians in South Africa and Namibia for 6 months. He always had a strong interest in exotic animal medicine. After he received his doctoral degree from the University of Budapest/Hungary, he went to the USA for an internship in ‘Zoological Medicine and Surgery’ at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. At the end of the internship he was part of a research team to study wild tree kangaroos in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea for 3 months. After this exciting experience, he went to the Royal veterinary College in London / England to study for his Masters of Science degree in wild animal health. The masters project which focused on lead toxicity in the common loon, brought him to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in the USA. There he was hired to serve as a clinical associate professor and as the head of the clinical service for exotic animals. After 10 years at Tufts University he moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010 to take the job of Associate Professor in Zoological Medicine at UGA.


Additional Information

*Program schedule is subject to change

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

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Parking and Directions


The first day will take place at our Veterinary Education Center, which is located at 2200 College Station Rd, Athens, Ga. next to our teaching hospital.


The second and third days of this event will take place at our main CVM building, which is located at 501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, Ga.


Travel Information

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens. Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens. For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit http://athens.groometransportation.com/.