October 21 - 23, 2019

Don Harris, DVM

Exclusively avian & exotics practitioner
Graduated Louisiana State University, 1980
Owner & founder of Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center, Miami, FL
President of the international Association of Avian Veterinarians 1991-92
President of the South Florida VMA 1993-94
President, North American Veterinary Conference, 2008-2009
Frequent contributor to various veterinary publications
Frequent speaker at local to international conferences
Most important honor to date:  Father of Meredith & Adam


  1. Prerequisites: Essential Elements for an Avian Practice
    Objective: Interest is seeing avian and other exotic species as patients has grown over the past 2-3 decades.  Seeing avian patients, however, requires much more than interest.  This session covers the fundamental needs: equipment, facility, training, etc.
  2. Fundamental Techniques… for both Amateur and Advanced Practitioners
    Objective: As avian medicine has matured, various methods of handling, sampling, and treating avian patients have been adopted.  Some of these methods are not only less than ideal, they’re downright dangerous.  This “show and tell” presentation covers the speaker’s experience and evolved techniques.
  3. Core Diagnostics I
    Objective: Diagnosing and treating avian patients appropriately is impossible without employing laboratory diagnostics.  In the first of this two-part session, an overview of laboratory testing is presented.
  4.   Core Diagnostics II
    Objective: Using laboratory diagnostics in avian species is only effective if the tests are interpreted correctly.Part two of this presentation elaborates on the firm interrelationships that exist among the various findings, validating- or invalidating- those findings and directing medical care.
  5. Update on Viral Diseases of Psittacines
    Objective: The manifestations and epidemiology of viral diseases in psittacine species have changed over the years.  This session presents a highly practical, current overview, helping the practitioner to quickly recognize the more common presentations.
  6. Neonatology: Husbandry and Critical Care
    Objective: The importation of psittacine species for the pet trade ended in 1991.Since then, domestic breeding of parrot species has exploded, thereby creating a massive influx of juvenile and, even worse, neonatal, psittacines into the retail market.Along with this has come a plethora of disorders, most of which will be described and addressed.
  7. Backyard Poultry: The Basic Basics
    Objective: The number of backyard poultry collections is growing exponentially.  Some have stated that is the fastest growing “pet” population ever.  While it’s impossible to provide more than a superficial overview of poultry medicine in 50 minutes, the most important aspects of managing poultry patients are discussed.
  8. Case Expansion: What Next?
    Objective: The most common presentations among pet birds are described in a data-driven fashion, familiarizing attendees with appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measure

Barbara Oglesbee, DVM, ABVP


Barbara L. Oglesbee, DVM, DABVP (Avian), is a Graduate of Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been board certified in Avian Medicine and Surgery since the specialty began in 1993. She began teaching Avian and Companion Exotic Mammal medicine courses at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, and continues to teach all of the exotic courses today. She is currently in private practice, treating exclusively Avian and Exotic patients at MedVet Hilliard. She is the editor of The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Small Mammals, and has authored many book chapters and clinical papers on disorders of birds, and exotic companion mammals.



  1. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques in Exotic Companion Mammals
    Objective: Demonstrate restraint, physical examination, venipuncture, assist feeding and nasogastric tube placement, and IV catheter placement in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rodents, ferrets, hedgehogs and sugar gliders.
  2. Gastrointestinal obstructive disorders and Gastrointestinal Stasis in Rabbits
    Objective: Gastrointestinal obstructive disorders, including intestinal obstruction and moving obstructions can mimic GI stasis in rabbits. However, rabbits can die within 6 hours of the onset of GI obstruction. This session will teach the practitioner to easily differentiate between these disorders and describe medical and surgical management.
  3. Spaying and neutering Exotic Companion Mammals
    Objective: Demonstrate lateral flank approach to ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy the guinea pig; intra-abdominal castration technique in guinea pigs and rodents, and approaches to ovariohysterectomy and castration in rabbits.
  4. Dental Disorders of Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas
    Objective: The teeth of “hind gut fermenters” grow continuously and the consequences to abnormal growth can quickly become potentially life-threatening. Each of these species have unique dental issues. This presentation will detail the diagnosis and approach to management tailored to each species.
  5. Dermatologic Disorders of Exotic Companion Mammals
    Objective: Hair loss, scaling, dermal swelling and ulceration are common presenting complaints in pet rabbits. This session will review the diagnosis and treatment of rabbit skin disorders.


  6. Lower Urinary Tract Disorders of Exotic Companion Mammals
    Objective: Urinary tract obstruction is uncommon in rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas (hind-gut fermenters) despite the development of large calcium uroliths. Rabbits are unique in that they frequently retain large volumes of calcium sludge in the urinary bladder, leading to a variety of disorders including end stage bladder atony and renal failure. This session will describe diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lower urinary tract disease in these pets.
  7. Common Respiratory Tract Disorders of Exotic Companion Mammals
    Objective: Most Respiratory tract disease in Exotic Companion Mammals is caused by infectious organisms, and the majority of infections will become chronic. This can be very frustrating to both the owner and the practitioner. Participants will learn treatments and techniques to manage both acute and chronic respiratory tract disease.
  8. Common Disorders of Hedgehogs and Sugar gliders
    Objective: The most common disorders of both hedgehogs and sugar gliders are husbandry-related and include obesity, dental disease and trauma. This presentation will. The participant will be ready to identify and treat these disorders, and educate pet owners on proper care of these popular pets.


Hotel On Market Charleston Historic District

  • PHONE: 843-577-2644
  • REFERENCE CODE: Vet Vacation CE (link to follow later)
  • ROOM RATE: Single or Double (subject to availability) $226
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hotel is located in Charleston’s historic district within walking distance of many sites, shops and restaurants.

Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early!

Arrangements have been made so you can extend your vacation 3 days before and/or after your destination seminar at the same rate if rooms are available at the property. Call early to secure your choice of rooms.


Getting There


Conference Hotel is 15 minutes from Charleston Airport (CHS) and 2 hours from Savannah Airport (SAV)

Lecture Schedule

15 Hours of RACE approved for CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.

October 21
Registration 12:30 pm-1 pm
Lecture 1 pm-6 pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:15 pm-7:15 pm

October 22
Lunch 12 noon-1 pm
Lecture 8 am-1 pm

October 23
Breakfast 7 am-8 am
Lecture 8 am-1 pm



Super Saver Rate $795 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate $865 with 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate $925 less than 30 days advanced registration

If you are a technician, call or E-mail us to get the special rate of $75 off the regular registration rate.
15 Hours of RACE approved for CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.


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