January began another busy year. In March, Dr. Lennox traveled to the University of Wisconsin to teach at the WEZAM conference (Wildlife Exotic and Zoo Animal Medicine) Club with a number of outstanding veterinary colleagues.
It was fun to visit the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and see such a strong exotics program with many enthusiastic and interested veterinary students.
This spring, Drs. Swisher and Lennox taught labs and lectures to Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine veterinary students.
In mid April, Dr. Lennox left for Poland, then back closer to home at the University of Illinois, for an avian behavior lunch lecture for students sponsored by Lafeber Company.
Check out Lafeber’s wesbite to learn more – www.lafeber.com/vet/lafeber-student-program-sponsorship-dr-m-scott-echols-uc-davis-wildlife-exotic-animal-medicine-symposium/
The most exciting event occurred in early June – breaking grown for the next addition to the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic. With luck our new boarding facility, the Avian and Exotic Inn, will be ready for guests by Thanksgiving!
It was back to Orlando for the North American Veterinary Conference, one of the largest gathering of veterinarians in the world. Just for fun, look at these attendance figures:
NAVC Conference Attendance 2015
Cori our practice manager attended the Practice Management stream. She came back with lots of ideas to improve customer service and help run the practice more efficiently. Dr. Lennox attended avian, reptile and fish presentations (yes, fish!) and taught some exotic companion mammal topics as well. This is always a fun event, a true “City of Veterinarians!”
At the end of the month, Dr. Lennox took a quick overnight trip to teach at the Michigan State Veterinarian conference in Lansing.
April was a busy month traveling from Amsterdam and the European Veterinary Conference “Voorjaarsdagen” then to Paris and the biannual iCare conference, which is the largest all-exotics conference in Europe.
Click here for a summary of some of the presentations – Dr. Lennox’s is at the very end.
We can’t say enough about Paris and our European colleague’s hospitality-and we can’t wait for the next one in Venice!
AEAC hosted our first Rabbit Health Day-participants learned subjects from bonding a new pair of rabbits to detecting signs of illness. Thanks to the Indiana House Rabbit Society and Oxbow Animal Health for their support.
In August it was back to the combined meetings of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), now called EXOTICSCON. Dr. Swisher did an excellent job delivering her first big presentation on a case of sepsis in a pet rabbit.
Here is the link to the program; see Dr. Swisher’s name at the end of the speaker’s list.
September started with the IVECCS conference in Washington DC, followed by an Exotic Companion Mammal Symposium – in Montreal Canada.
October saw another venture overseas. Dr. Lennox taught an Oxbow Companion Mammal Symposium in Hong Kong, and then traveled to Tokyo for a combined meeting of the Japanese Society of Exotic Pet Medicine (JSEPM) http://www.jsepm.com/ and the Japanese Association of Avian Medicine.
This was a wonderful and relaxing trip, thanks to the excellent hospitality of our hosts.
Dr. Lennox’s teaching tour ended in New Orleans at the American Board of Veterinary Practitioner (ABVP) conference. No trip to New Orleans is complete without lots and lots of very good food.
Overall, this has been a great year for clinic and staff, and we look forward to a big announcement about expanding our facility in 2016! Stay tuned.
Dr. Amber Lee is now officially 1/2 way through her challenging avian medicine residency. One more year, a big test, and a couple of papers to go!
In June we welcomed Dr. Samantha Swisher as our Exotic Companion Mammal resident.
This year’s Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) conference was in New Orleans in the middle of August, which was hot, but very entertaining and great continuing education. Dr. Lennox team taught the pre-conference day with Drs. Dan Johnson, Micah Kohles, Drury Reavill and Jennifer Graham on “The Critical Rabbit”. Yes, this was an avian conference, but AAV joined with the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) to provide a little cross species programming.
Another lucky break for us: a great conference at home. The International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (IVECCS) had their meeting right downtown in Indianapolis. Dr. Lennox Dr. Steve Mehler, and our very own resident Dr. Swisher provided the ER doctors some information on how to treat critical exotic patients. Dr. Lennox also sat on a panel that discussed sepsis in the emergency patient, and how to recognize and treat it. Sepsis is a dangerous inflammatory condition that is a response to an overwhelming infection. We’ve recognized some cases in exotic patients, and it was great to discuss this condition with world-recognized experts.
AEMV’s annual conference was in Orlando. It’s always great to connect with national and international exotics experts and see good friends again. Dr. Lennox taught a wet lab with Dr. Avery Bennet, a board-certified surgeon, on surgeries of the head of the rabbit. This includes diseases of the eye, ear, nasal cavity and dental structures.
Of course being in Orlando meant some recreation as well. See if you can spot anyone you know in this picture!
The AEMV conference was barely over before it was off to Nashville to teach exotic companion mammal topics for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) conference. This one was over Halloween; however next year it moves to another time slot. This way Dr. Lennox can dress up for Halloween in 2015.
This year we said goodbye to intern Dr. Lindsey Woods and hello to intern Dr. Heather Goldstein and avian resident Dr. Amber Lee.
- Birmingham UK, British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Conference, both Exotic Companion Mammal and Avian topics to both veterinarians and veterinary nurses. While not specifically an exotic medicine conference, this is one of the largest gatherings of veterinarians of all types in the world.
- Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technician’s (CACVT) annual conference in the beautiful mountains of Breckenridge, (there was still snow and some skiing going on)! Taught a wet lab on procedures in small exotic animals to the veterinary technicians, who are always a great enthusiastic group.
- Veterinary Practitioner Association of Thailand (VPAT) represents one of the farthest places from home we’ve ventured, and it was a wonderful experience. Our hosts Drs. Bee and Chow showed us around the beautiful country where we became devotees of Thai food. The trip ended with lectures in exotic companion mammal topics and a wet lab on rabbit dentistry at the Mahidol Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
- North American Veterinary Conference Institute was much closer to home in Orlando. Drs. Dan Johnson, Cheryl Greenacre, Lauren Powers, and Lennox taught an intensive 3-day course in exotic companion mammal surgery and procedures.
- Ferret 500 Show Even closer to home we set up shop at the ferret show and handed out educational materials and answered questions on all medical things Ferret. It was a lot of fun. This show benefited 5 Points Ferret Refuge: http://fivepointsferretrefuge.webs.com
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) conference in Chicago. Dr. Lennox taught avian courses. Drs. Cheryl Greenacre and Marcy Souza taught interesting courses in pet chicken medicine, which was extremely well attended. Like our clinic, many exotic animal veterinarians are seeing an increase in pet chickens presenting for veterinary care. (We think pet chickens are terrific!)
- The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. This is a great gathering of enthusiastic avian practitioners.
- We officially opened the addition to the clinic, and debuted our brand new reception area! This allowed us to stretch out a bit in back and add additional hospital and surgery space.
- The Association of Exotic Companion Mammal (AEMV) in conjunction with the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians joint annual conference in none other than Indianapolis! It was fun for the whole staff to attend parts of this conference, which was a success. Exotic veterinarians from all over the world came to attend the scientific program and wet labs. Indianapolis rated high on our survey of participant satisfaction! Dr. Lennox taught courses in exotic companion mammal medicine and reptile medicine.
- Dr Lennox received the Oxbow practitioner of the year award and was honored at a dinner and friendly “roast”.
- American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
That’s it for a busy and exciting year!
On the road yet again:
- April: This month we taught twice, once at the ABVP conference in San Antonio (a wet lab with Dr. Dan Johnson), and to beautiful Colorado for something new: the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians’ annual conference (seewww.CACVT.com). The technician group was huge, well organized and very enthusiastic! The best part was a visit to the local zoo and an exhibit where we could hand feed the giraffe.
- June: This was an exciting month with teaching in Lisbon, Portugal and Rimini, Italy, along with our friends Drs. Rui Patricio and Dr. Vittorio Capello. Participants in Lisbon learned how to safety intubate rabbits. We would go back just for the wonderful food!
- August: The Association of Avian Veterinarians’ conference was close to home this year-in Louisville. With the help of our friends at Healthipet Network, we had dozens of birds available for lab participants to learn the principles of safe sedation in parrots. All participating parrots had physical examinations and were groomed during the lab.
- September: This was a new conference for us, the conference of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society in San Antionio, TX (www.veccs.org ). Dr. Lennox presented critical care topics and a lab exercise with Dr. Natalie.
- October: AEMV/ARAV/AAZV (combination exotic companion mammal, reptile and avian conferences) in Oakland, CA.
- November: Dr. Lennox taught mammal and avian courses at the Illinois state veterinary conference.
Dr. Lennox’s teaching schedule 2011:
- January: North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando for another great 3 days of exotic companion mammal topics.
- April: The European Association of Avian Veterinarians in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Lennox taught a lecture on sedation in the avian patient, and a procedures/surgery laboratory (see picture).
- May: I Congresso Do Centro Veterinario de Exoticos Do Porto in Portugal The conference included lectures in avian, mammal and reptile medicine, including both an avian procedures and a dentistry laboratory.
Dr. Lennox’s teaching schedule 2010:
- January: Back to the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando for 3 days of exotic companion mammal topics. A few months later it was announced Dr. Lennox had been voted Exotic Speaker of the Year for a second time.
- February: Iowa State Veterinary Conference-mammal and avian topics.
- March: We visited the clinic of Dr. Kevin Wright in Mesa, AZ for the annual Oxbow Conference. Dr. Wright’s clinic was the perfect setting to discuss exotic companion mammal medicine and surgery.
- April: Dr. Lennox taught exotic companion mammal courses at theAmerican Board of Veterinary Practitioners annual conference in Denver. A few days prior to the conference Drs. Greenacre (University of Tennesse) and Lennox volunteered at the Gabriel Foundation, an outstanding bird rescue and educational facility. We examined and groomed birds and enjoyed the terrific hospitality. Please visit the Gabriel site at www.thegabrielfoundation.org.
- May: Drs. Lennox, Mehler and Johnson taught 3 days of an intensive hands-on exotic companion mammal course in Orlando.
- August: Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarian/Association of Avian Veterinarians annual conference in San Diego, California. This is the largest combined exclusively exotic conference in the US and represents a terrific opportunity to learn, share and network with colleagues.
- November: Japanese Society of Exotic Pet Medicine conference in Tokyo, Japan. Lectures and a dentistry wet lab. Then the Proveto Exotic Animal Course in the Netherlands; course on exotic pet medicine and a dentistry wet lab.
The clinic welcomed veterinary visitors from italy, Spain, Portugal and South Korea.
Dr. Lennox’s teaching schedule 2009:
- January: North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fl: various topics including medicine of unusual exotic pets and use of sedation in exotic companion mammals.
- February: Western States Veterinary Conference, LasVegas, NV. Rabbit Dentistry Wet Laboratory.
- April: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Birmingham, UK. Various lectures on blood sampling, diagnostics and anesthesia.
- April: Oxbow Animal Health Sponsored Conference, Raleigh, NC.
- June: Pacific Coast Veterinary Conference, California.
- August: Association of Avian Veterinarians/Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Conference, Milwaukee, WI. Laboratory on critical care of exotic companion mammals, various lectures.
- September: Southwest Veterinary Conference, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Lennox’s teaching schedule 2008:
- January: North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, FL: various topics in exotic companion mammal medicine, in particular critical care.
- February: Minnesota State Veterinary Conference: courses on avian and exotic medicine and surgery.
- April: Central Veterinary Conference, Baltimore, MD: courses on avianand exotic medicine and surgery.
- August: Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Conference in Savannah, GA, laboratories on avian critical care and diagnostic imaging.
- September: Australian Exotic Animal Veterinary Conference, Queensland, Australia.
- October: Kentucky Veterinary Medical Conference.
- October: Publication of Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals, by Capello and Lennox.
Welcome Oxbow Hay Company!
In April, we welcomed Dawn Hromanik from Oxbow and avian and exotic practitioner Dr. Susan Orosz for a one-day mini-conference on rabbit and ferret medical topics. Also present were representative from the House Rabbit Society, and EARPS exotic animal rescue. We thank the Circle City Veterinary Clinic for hosting this fun and exciting event. Learn more about the Oxbow company at: www.oxbowhay.com
Dr. Lennox’s teaching schedule 2007:
- January: North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, FL: various topics in exotic companion mammal medicine, avian behavior and reproductive disease.
- February: Western States Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV: Laboratory in rabbit dentistry.
- March: European Association of Avian Veterinary Conference in Zurich, Switzerland: Presented on the treatment of mycobacteriosis in pet psittacines.
- August: Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians/Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference and Expo, Providence Rhode Island: Laboratory on exotic mammal radiography
- October: Wild West Veterinary Conference, Reno, NV: various exotic companion mammal topics
- December: Texas A&M University, teaching Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry wet Laboratory, and avian and mammal medicine courses
2006 Summary of Events:
Dr. Lennox taught at the Western States Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV in February, the International Conference on Exotics in Bonita Springs, Florida, in May, the Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference in San Antonio, TX in August, and the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association Conference in October.
In early November we welcomed Dr. Marla Lichtenberger to Indianapolis for a terrific short course on Exotic Animal Emergency and Critical Care Techniques, held at the Circle City Veterinary Hospital.
2006 brought a number of local, US and international visiting extern students and veterinarians from Purdue University, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Germany, Italy and Brazil.
One of the most exciting highlights of 2006 was a trip to the Oregon Tiger Sanctuary with Dr. Cathy Johnson-Delaney to treat a number of large exotic cats and primates. The Sanctuary is dedicated to caring for abused and abandoned large cats and primates in a beautiful serene setting with an enthusiastic and compassionate staff of caregivers. We worked two long days with these amazing animals, and in return enjoyed the beautiful setting, wonderful food and terrific hospitality.
Dr. Angela Lennox Awarded Exotic DVM of the Year.
Dr. Angela Lennox was awarded Exotic DVM of the Year at the International Conference on Exotics in Ft. Lauderdale, May 2005.
Dr. Lennox traveled to Arles , in Southern France to present at the European Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference in April. She presented a paper on the impact of anesthesia on gastrointestinal transit time in birds.
First Steps Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry lecture and wet lab were held May 25th . The lecture was taught by Dr. Vittorio Capello with help from Dr. Cathy Johnson-Delaney. Lab instructors included Drs. Peter Fisher, Angela Lennox, Dan Johnson and Connie Orcutt. The laboratory was completely sold out months in advance, which emphasizes the increasing interest in dentistry in these species. First Steps was sponsored by the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, aemv.org.
The International Conference on Exotics was held in Ft. Lauderdale in late May. Dr. Lennox presented papers on new diagnostic testing and the use of the endoscope in small exotic mammals. A number of very interesting topics were presented, including an update on ways to evaluate shock and fluid therapy in seriously ill birds and exotic pets.