The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Tuesday, May 15 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Avian anaesthesia

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Avian patients have unique anatomy and physiology that can complicate even simple procedures and make anaesthesia challenging. From air sacs and pneumatic bones to feathers and thin skin, the unusual features of birds can significantly impact on the success of even brief anaesthetic events. In addition to unique anatomical features birds are adept at hiding signs of illness that can further complicate anaesthesia and inherently increase the risk of problems occurring. Understanding the fundamental differences between birds and mammals, as well as how these differences relate to anaesthetising these patients, is important for reducing the incidence of complications. The common complications of anaesthesia in birds will be detailed and will highlight where changes can be made in the anaesthetic protocol to improve success. Techniques to avoid common problems, such as hypoventilation and hypothermia will also be discussed. This focus on a number of basic steps before, during and after anaesthesia will help practitioners improve morbidity and mortality rates in avian patients.


Melinda Cowan


Tuesday May 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre