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Stephen J. Divers

BVetMed, DZooMed, Dipl ACZM, Dip ECZM (herpetology), FRCVS
Recognized Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery,
College of Veterinary Medicine,
The University of Georgia,

Athens, GA 30602-7390, USA
Tel: 1.706.542.9384 (Small Animal Department)
Tel: 1.706.542.3221 (Hospital)
Fax: 1.706.542.6460

Exotic Endoscopy Referral Services

The Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital College of Veterinary Medicine has recently invested heavily in new endoscopy equipment and a dedicated endoscopy suite. The exotics service welcomes enquires and requests for referral endoscopy services. Veterinarians should consult the exotic faculty on clinics before arranging a referral through the referral coordinators (706.542.2895 or 800.861.7456).

Endoscopic salpingohysterectomy and cloacopexy in a female moluccan cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis) that presented with chronic cloacal prolapse of reproductive etiology. Left: Perioperative view demonstrating the central placement of the sheathed telescope midway between the last rib and pubis, and two cannulae, one cranial through the last intercostal space and the second caudal to the pubis; Right: Perioperative view demonstrating the surgeon manipulating the two instruments inserted down the two cannula, and an assistant holding the sheathed telescope and camera in position;

Left: Endoscopic forceps and monopolar scissors positioned in preparation for removing the oviduct (arrow); Right: Postoperative telescope view from behind the pubis illustrating the sutured attachment of the cranial cloaca to the last rib (arrow).

Diagnostic coelioscopy through the prefemoral fossa of an adult Aldabra tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea). Left: Inserting an endotip cannula under telescope guidance; Right: placement of two 6 mm endotip cannulae into the prefemoral fossa for telescope and instrument insertion.

Examination of the insufflated coelom (oviduct on monitor) using a 5 mm 30° telescope.

Exotic Animal Endoscopy Course
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