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Avian, Reptile, & Small Mammal Endoscopy

Avian, Reptile, & Small Mammal Endoscopy

Fri, December 01, 2017 - Sun, December 03, 2017

You are invited to attend one of the internationally acclaimed endoscopy training programs from the University of Georgia.  This continuing education course is designed to teach the theory and practical applications of diagnostic endoscopy in birds, reptiles, and rabbits. 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. 

This year, the Exotic Endoscopy CE program will offer 2 registration options:  (1) Avian & Reptile Endoscopy: Friday & Saturday  (2) Avian, Reptile, and Rabbit Endoscopy: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

A basic and fundamental knowledge of avian and reptilian anatomy is required for this course. You will be trained with lectures, video presentations, and wet labs.

PLEASE NOTE:  Day 1 of this event will be held at the Veterinary Medical Center, 2nd floor Executive boardroom (2200 College Station Road, Athens, GA) and Days 2 & 3 will be held at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Room 222 (501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA).

Maximum Capacity: 18

Event Agenda

Friday, December 1, 2017
Location: Veterinary Medical Center, Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

(Please enter through the front entrance of the VMC)

8:00-8:30 Registration Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Introductions, Overview, and Equipment- Divers
9:30-10:15 Endoscopy fees and practice management- Divers
10:15-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:30 Avian and Reptile Anesthesia for Endoscopy- Divers
11:30-12:15 Reptile Gastro-Intestinal and Respiratory Endoscopy- Divers
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Reptile Coelioscopy- Divers
2:15-3:15 Avian Gastro-Intestinal and Respiratory Endoscopy- Divers
3:15-3:30 Refreshment Break
3:30-4:30 Avian Coelioscopy- Divers
4:30-5:15 Case Repo- Mayer

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Location: College of Veterinary Medicine, Room 222

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-12:30 Wet-Lab: Reptile Endoscopy
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-5:15 Wet-Lab: Avian Endoscopy
5:15-5:30 Discussion- Q&A

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Location: College of Veterinary Medicine, Room 222

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:15 Exotic Mammal Anesthesia for Endoscopy- Mayer
9:15-10:15 Otoscopy, Stomatoscopy, Laryngoscopy, Rhinoscopy -Divers
10:15-10:30 Refreshment Break
10-:30-11:00 Cyctoscopy and Colonoscopy- Mayer
11:00-11:45 Laparoscopy (incl ovariectomy)- Divers
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-4:45 Wet-Lab: Rabbit Endoscopy
4:45-5:00 Discussion, Q&A

Event Fees

Friday and Saturday Fees: Avian and Reptile Endoscopy

Veterinarian $949.00
Resident $769.00
Technician-accompanied by a Vet $150.00
This course will offer 15 CE hours  

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Fees: Avian, Reptile, and Rabbit Endoscopy

Veterinarian $1,599.00
Resident $1,275.00
Technician- accompanied by a Vet $225.00
This course will offer 22 CE hours  

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

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.



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.

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

Driving Directions

Directions and Parking for DAY 1, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1



Directions and Parking for DAY 2 & 3, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

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

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433
Block Code: VET
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122
Block Code: VET
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381
Group Code: 88896
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

*Registration fee includes: continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

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.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

Registration is Closed.

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