Emergency! It's Avian Wildlife at Your Front Door! (1390)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Avian
Friday |  3:00 PM -  3:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||301A



Vanessa Grunkemeyer DVM
University of New Hampshire

Vanessa Grunkemeyer is an ABVP certified avian specialist who graduated with distinction from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed a small animal rotating internship and an avian and exotic animal residency at the University of Tennessee CVM and has previously practiced at the North Carolina State University CVM. Dr. Grunkemeyer is currently part of the Animal Science faculty at the University of New Hampshire. Her primary clinical and academic interests include wound management in exotic animals, the care and medicine of backyard poultry, and collaborative teaching and learning strategies. Outside of work, she enjoys photography, gardening, and exploring the outdoors with her beagle/Boston terrier mix named Bird.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


From healthy nestling songbirds to raptors with gunshot wounds, the full spectrum of native avian wildlife could be presented for care at any time by a Good Samaritan. In this talk, the steps to appropriate triage, low stress and safe restraint, and basic stabilizing care for avian wildlife will be described. Regulations applicable to the treatment and rehabilitation of avian wildlife will be briefly outlined. Common presentations such as soft tissue and orthopedic injuries, head trauma, and toxin exposure as well as infectious disease concerns will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees should be able to design a plan for safe assessment of the avian wildlife patient

2. Attendees should be able to make a treatment plan with the goal of providing stabilizing care for the most common avian wildlife emergencies

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