You remain responsible,
forever, for what you
have tamed...
The Future of Exotic & Zoo Animal Medicine
Jeleen Briscoe, VMD...
"Men have forgotten this truth,"
said the fox. "But you must not
forget it. You become responsible,
forever, for what you ...
Penn Intern
Penn Dermatology Resident
Cornell Comparative Gastroenterology
PennVet Faculty
First staff vet at Philly Zoo
E...
•Jane Goodall
•National Zoo
•Dr. Don Stremme
• Drs. Latney and Wyre Kareoke
• Dr. McDermott Ribbon Dance
• Just pretend th...
Top 10 Ways You Know
You are Hopelessly
Destined to Become an
Exotics Veterinarian
10. Over 60% of your Facebook
pics are of you and some
strange animal
9. You pick a bottle of wine based
on whether or not there are non-
domestic animals on the label
8. You can doodle your
favorite exotic animal in
under 30 seconds
7. Your hands and arms are
covered with scars, each of
which has a really cool
story that your friends make
you repeat at ...
6. You think baby beardies are
WAY more heart-melting than
kittens
5.When someone asks you
what kind of pet(s)you have,
you say“Do you want the
Latinor commonnames?”
Psittacula krameri
Oryc...
4.You come close totearsofjoy
and belonging when you FINALLY
have thatfirstvet school lectureon
exoticsorwildlife
3.When theexamquestionsfrom
said exotics lecture wereconfusingor
unfair,your classmates blame you
2.You have convinced yourself that
ramennoodlesactually make a
nutritionallysoundfood staple
since you survivedon them to
...
And the Number 1 Way
That You Know You
are Hopelessly
Destined to Become an
Exotics Veterinarian
is...
1.Somewhere, deep within the
confinesof your parents’
house,there is the perfectly
preserved carcassof at least
one specie...
So you wanna be a zoo vet?
Dr. Scott Larsen
Dr. Ray W
ack
What is different about
seeing exotics?
18
The Veterinary Triangle
...and Exotics
19
Veterinarian
ClientPatient
Society The Law
The Internet
The Pet Store
The Wild C...
Bird Talk Magazine
wildernessclassroom.com
CITES I
CITES II
<3,000
????
Which rabbit is critical?
Which patient is a risk for an immuno-compromised owner?
Psittacosis
Salmonella
Grant S et al. EID 1999
What isfun about seeing
exotics?
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
What isDIFFICULT about seeing
exotics?
Positive: Everyday isdifferent
Negative: Everyday isdifferent
KnowYourLimits
The Veterinary Oath
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary
medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific
knowledg...
The Veterinary Oath
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary
medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific
knowledg...
The Veterinary Oath
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary
medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific
knowledg...
The Veterinary Oath
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary
medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific
knowledg...
State of the Nation
What Should Be vs. What Is
WhiteOAK 2000
Minimal Requirements
Zoological Medicine
Veterinary School Graduates
Biological Features
Husbandry Requirements
Common species
Practice basic clinical
medicine
Hands on
Humane & Safe restraint
Physical Examination
Local & Global impact
of Zoonoses
Herd management
preventative medicine
epidemiology
current environmental issues
Ethics
Welfare
11/28=39%
What Is:
Vet Schools with Exotics Faculty
8avian internships
14 exotic/wildlife internships
4avian residencies
7 exotic/wildlife/zoological residencies
What Is:
Pos...
• Cornell
• Kansas City Zoo
• Lincoln Park
• National Zoo
• NC State
• OKU
• MSU
• St. Louis
Zoo
• The Wilds
• Toronto Zoo...
AVMA2007
82 million cats and 72 million dogs
11
9
2 1 0.8 0.6 0.5Birds Rabbits Hamsters
Ferrets
Fish Turtles
Guinea
Pigs
W...
Klaphake EA et al. JAMS 2002Smith EK et al. JAVMA 1998
What Is:
Why do they come to see you?
MeaN Expenditure per Avian Vi...
What influencesexoticpet
Ownership?
2 Year Old Male Cockatiel
Closed simple Transverse Fracture of the Tibi0tarsus
Emergency visit + pain meds + anesthesia + ...
October 19, 2011
“No person shall by any means acquire a dangerous
exotic animal”
“Dangerous exotic animal means...large cat, nonhuman
prim...
HR 511
Federal Pythonbill
HR 4089
SPORTSMANHeritage Act
HR 669
Non-NativeWildlife InvasionPrevention Act
animalRightsvs animal WElfare
Jeleen’s Top 10 Secrets
to Becoming an Exotics
Veterinarian
67
10. OWN the thought that even if you only see
ONE non-domesticated animal in your
lifetime, you are a conservationist
9. Don’t focus too early: your inner
James Herriot will come in handy
someday
“If you can wrestle
a cow, you can
wrestle a...
8. Honesty is the best policy:
don’t be afraid to say “I don’t
know.”
7.Don’t do this in a vacuum: Never
stop reading, learning, and talking
to friends
6. Live a Strategic life
5. Get ahobby and revel in it
and yourfamily. Your job
will be there in the morning.
4. Reassesson a regular basis
How’s that
working for you?
3. Think SATISFACTION not
work-life balance
2. Use social-networking
sites strategically
1. Be nice to everyone. Let
your joy shine through.
The future of zoos?
The Future of Exotic and Zoo
Medicine?
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
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UPenn & Cornell Special Species Symposium Keynote Speech: The Future of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine

  1. 1. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed... The Future of Exotic & Zoo Animal Medicine Jeleen Briscoe, VMD’02, DABVP (Avian) Veterinary Medical Officer USDA/APHIS Animal Care Program
  2. 2. "Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. -- Antoine de Saint Exupèry The Little Prince
  3. 3. Penn Intern Penn Dermatology Resident Cornell Comparative Gastroenterology PennVet Faculty First staff vet at Philly Zoo Executive Director, AAZV & ARAV & AAVN Editor, JZWM President & Chairman, WAWV Animal Policy Committee, NAIB Board of Directors, ECI Nicest guy in the WORLD Dr. Amand
  4. 4. •Jane Goodall •National Zoo •Dr. Don Stremme • Drs. Latney and Wyre Kareoke • Dr. McDermott Ribbon Dance • Just pretend there never was a Keynote • Jeleen Briscoe Alternatives to Dr. Amand
  5. 5. Top 10 Ways You Know You are Hopelessly Destined to Become an Exotics Veterinarian
  6. 6. 10. Over 60% of your Facebook pics are of you and some strange animal
  7. 7. 9. You pick a bottle of wine based on whether or not there are non- domestic animals on the label
  8. 8. 8. You can doodle your favorite exotic animal in under 30 seconds
  9. 9. 7. Your hands and arms are covered with scars, each of which has a really cool story that your friends make you repeat at parties
  10. 10. 6. You think baby beardies are WAY more heart-melting than kittens
  11. 11. 5.When someone asks you what kind of pet(s)you have, you say“Do you want the Latinor commonnames?” Psittacula krameri Oryctolagus cuniculiMustela putorius furo Carrasius auratus Pogona vitticepsPython regius
  12. 12. 4.You come close totearsofjoy and belonging when you FINALLY have thatfirstvet school lectureon exoticsorwildlife
  13. 13. 3.When theexamquestionsfrom said exotics lecture wereconfusingor unfair,your classmates blame you
  14. 14. 2.You have convinced yourself that ramennoodlesactually make a nutritionallysoundfood staple since you survivedon them to afford that little stint at Aquavet/Sea World/Bronx Zoo/Baltimore Aquarium
  15. 15. And the Number 1 Way That You Know You are Hopelessly Destined to Become an Exotics Veterinarian is...
  16. 16. 1.Somewhere, deep within the confinesof your parents’ house,there is the perfectly preserved carcassof at least one species of reptile
  17. 17. So you wanna be a zoo vet? Dr. Scott Larsen Dr. Ray W ack
  18. 18. What is different about seeing exotics? 18
  19. 19. The Veterinary Triangle ...and Exotics 19 Veterinarian ClientPatient Society The Law The Internet The Pet Store The Wild Counterpart
  20. 20. Bird Talk Magazine wildernessclassroom.com CITES I CITES II <3,000 ????
  21. 21. Which rabbit is critical?
  22. 22. Which patient is a risk for an immuno-compromised owner? Psittacosis Salmonella Grant S et al. EID 1999
  23. 23. What isfun about seeing exotics? 23
  24. 24. 24
  25. 25. 25
  26. 26. 26
  27. 27. 27
  28. 28. 28
  29. 29. 29
  30. 30. 30 What isDIFFICULT about seeing exotics?
  31. 31. Positive: Everyday isdifferent Negative: Everyday isdifferent
  32. 32. KnowYourLimits
  33. 33. The Veterinary Oath Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence. Reliefofanimalsuffering
  34. 34. The Veterinary Oath Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence. Conservationofanimal resources
  35. 35. The Veterinary Oath Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence. PrinciplesofVeterinary MedicalEthics
  36. 36. The Veterinary Oath Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.COntinualimprovement
  37. 37. State of the Nation What Should Be vs. What Is
  38. 38. WhiteOAK 2000 Minimal Requirements Zoological Medicine Veterinary School Graduates
  39. 39. Biological Features Husbandry Requirements Common species
  40. 40. Practice basic clinical medicine
  41. 41. Hands on Humane & Safe restraint Physical Examination
  42. 42. Local & Global impact of Zoonoses
  43. 43. Herd management preventative medicine epidemiology
  44. 44. current environmental issues
  45. 45. Ethics Welfare
  46. 46. 11/28=39% What Is: Vet Schools with Exotics Faculty
  47. 47. 8avian internships 14 exotic/wildlife internships 4avian residencies 7 exotic/wildlife/zoological residencies What Is: Post-Gradute Exotics Opportunities Exotic Interns vs Small Animal 22 v. 134 Exotic residents vs Sx + ER + Med 11 v. 112
  48. 48. • Cornell • Kansas City Zoo • Lincoln Park • National Zoo • NC State • OKU • MSU • St. Louis Zoo • The Wilds • Toronto Zoo • UC Davis • UGA • UF • Montreal U • UTN • Madison-Wisc • Zurich U • WCS • IZAAR • Cleveland Metroparks ZOO Interns:ACZM ResidencY Spots 7:20 What Is: Post-Gradute Exotics Opportunities
  49. 49. AVMA2007 82 million cats and 72 million dogs 11 9 2 1 0.8 0.6 0.5Birds Rabbits Hamsters Ferrets Fish Turtles Guinea Pigs What Is: How many exotic pets are there? in millions 1991-1996: Exotic Pet Ownership 65%
  50. 50. Klaphake EA et al. JAMS 2002Smith EK et al. JAVMA 1998 What Is: Why do they come to see you? MeaN Expenditure per Avian Visit: $9
  51. 51. What influencesexoticpet Ownership?
  52. 52. 2 Year Old Male Cockatiel Closed simple Transverse Fracture of the Tibi0tarsus Emergency visit + pain meds + anesthesia + tape split placement
  53. 53. October 19, 2011
  54. 54. “No person shall by any means acquire a dangerous exotic animal” “Dangerous exotic animal means...large cat, nonhuman primate, constricting snake, venomous snake, any other animal designated by chief in rules…” October 22, 2011
  55. 55. HR 511 Federal Pythonbill
  56. 56. HR 4089 SPORTSMANHeritage Act
  57. 57. HR 669 Non-NativeWildlife InvasionPrevention Act
  58. 58. animalRightsvs animal WElfare
  59. 59. Jeleen’s Top 10 Secrets to Becoming an Exotics Veterinarian
  60. 60. 67 10. OWN the thought that even if you only see ONE non-domesticated animal in your lifetime, you are a conservationist
  61. 61. 9. Don’t focus too early: your inner James Herriot will come in handy someday “If you can wrestle a cow, you can wrestle a hippo” Dr. Shane Boylan
  62. 62. 8. Honesty is the best policy: don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”
  63. 63. 7.Don’t do this in a vacuum: Never stop reading, learning, and talking to friends
  64. 64. 6. Live a Strategic life
  65. 65. 5. Get ahobby and revel in it and yourfamily. Your job will be there in the morning.
  66. 66. 4. Reassesson a regular basis How’s that working for you?
  67. 67. 3. Think SATISFACTION not work-life balance
  68. 68. 2. Use social-networking sites strategically
  69. 69. 1. Be nice to everyone. Let your joy shine through.
  70. 70. The future of zoos?
  71. 71. The Future of Exotic and Zoo Medicine?
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