Bird's-eye View: Avian Analgesia and Welfare (1533)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Animal Welfare
Sunday |  2:00 PM -  2:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217A



Heather Barron DVM
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Dr. Heather Barron received training in wildlife medicine and surgery through vet school and a residency at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she later became a tenured Associate Professor in the Zoological Medicine Service. After a decade at UGA, Dr. Barron obtained further international experience as Department Head of Clinical Medicine at St. Matthew's University, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands, where she was also the veterinarian for the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Wildlife Rescue. She has served as a consultant for both IDEXX and Antech Imaging Services and is a former president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. She has lectured and published extensively in the field of wildlife and exotic animal medicine. She is a board certified avian specialist and a licensed wildlife and sea turtle rehabilitator with over 20 years of experience in practicing and teaching avian and wildlife medicine. She lives on sunny Sanibel Island, FL with her husband and 3 young children.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


This lecture will review the best techniques for practitioners to improve avian welfare in a hospital setting through the use of multi-modal analgesia, empathetic handling and husbandry, and other adjunctive considerations. While there is still a relative paucity of research in this area, the body of knowledge has increased significantly in the past few years. Appreciating possible stressors from an avian perspective can be challenging and enlightening. Tips will be given to aid the practitioner in recognizing pain in birds and provide cutting edge suggestions for balanced, pre-emptive analgesia. Aside from the ethical considerations, it is imperative that clinicians ameliorate pain and decrease stress in birds to improve medical and surgical outcomes. Emphasis will be on providing practitioners a simple integrative approach to improving avian welfare in a busy hospital setting.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn cutting edge analgesia for birds

2. Learn welfare-oriented handling techniques in birds

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