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Avian & Reptile Endoscopy

Avian & Reptile Endoscopy

Sat, December 03, 2016 - Sun, December 04, 2016

This course will be held at the College of Veterinary Medicine, 501 D.W. Brooks Dr. Athens, GA.  One of the internationally acclaimed endoscopy training programs from the University of Georgia, this 15-hour continuing education course is designed to teach the theory and practical applications of diagnostic endoscopy in birds and reptiles. 

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 is a basic- to intermediate-level course, and fundamental knowledge of avian and reptilian anatomy is assumed. You will be trained using PowerPoint lectures and video presentations on:

equipment choice and care
gastro-intestinal and respiratory endoscopy of reptiles
gastro-intestinal endoscopy and tracheoscopy of birds
biopsy and sampling techniques
endoscopy fee structure and practice management

This course provides 15 CE Hours

Maximum Capacity: 20

Event Agenda

Saturday, December 3, 2016

8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40 Introductions and Course Overview
8:40-9:15 Endoscopy: Equipment Care and Use
9:15-9:45 Endoscopy Fees and Practice Management
9:45-10:30 Avian and Reptile Anesthesia for Endoscopy
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Reptile Gastro-Intestinal and Respiratory Endoscopy
11:15-12:00 Reptile Coelioscopy
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-4:45 Practical Reptile Endoscopy Wet Lab
4:45-5:00 Question and Answer session: What did I learn?


Sunday, December 4, 2016

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Day 1 Review- Round Table Discussion
8:45-9:30 Avian Tracheoscopy and Gastro-Intestinal Endoscopy 
9:30-10:30 Avian Coelioscopy
10:30-10:45 Refreshment Break
10:45-11:30 Case Reports
11:30-12:15 Lunch
12:15-4:45 Practical Avian Endoscopy Wet Lab
4:45-5:00 Question and Answer Session: What did I learn?

Event Fees

Veterinarian $799
Resident  $740
Technician (must be accompanied by a Veterinarian) $175
This course will provide 15 CE Hours  

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

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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

Georgia Center Hotel 1197 S. Lumpkin St, Athens, GA * 1-800-884-1381*
Holiday Inn 197 E Broad St, Athens GA * 706-549-4433 BLOCK CODE: MED 
Holiday Inn Express 513 West Broad Street * 706-546-8122
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniels Bridge Rd. * 706-353-8484
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street * 706-363-9948
Courtyard by Marriott 166 North Finley Street * 7063-69-7000
Hotel Indigo 500 College Ave., Athens, GA * 866-808-1438

*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.

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