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Avian and Reptile Diagnostic Endoscopy, December 7-8, 2013

Continuing Education

Registration: Click here to register online today!

Registration fees:
$799 for Veterinarians
$149 for Vet Techs (must be accompanied by a veterinarian)
Course fee includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, instructional materials, and wet lab.

This course will provide 15 CE hours of credit for the lecture and laboratory. Full attendance is required to receive total CE credits.

Please bring scrubs for the lab portion.

All surgical equipment for the lab will be provided by corporate sponsors. Personally-owned equipment will be prohibited in the lectures and the lab.

Course Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, four weeks prior to the event (Nov. 8). If a course is cancelled for any reason, the College of Veterinary Medicine will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.


One of the internationally-acclaimed endoscopy training programs from the University of Georgia, this 15-hour continuing education course is designed to teach the theory and practical applications of diagnostic endoscopy in birds and reptiles. Whether you are a private practitioner, zoo/aquarium/wildlife veterinarian, or researcher this course will train you to perform minimally-invasive endoscopic procedures including biopsy techniques.

This is a basic- to intermediate-level course, and fundamental knowledge of avian and reptilian anatomy is assumed. You will be trained using PowerPoint lectures and video presentations on equipment choice and care; coelioscopy, gastro-intestinal and respiratory endoscopy of reptiles; coelioscopy, gastro-intestinal endoscopy and tracheoscopy of birds; biopsy and sampling techniques; and endoscopy fee structure and practice management.

In addition, there will be nine hours of practical lab time in which you will be able to practice and develop your skills. All procedures are approved by the UGA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Refreshments, lunches, certificate of training, and full-color printed course notes containing all tutorial materials will be provided.


Dr. Stephen J. Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, Dipl.ACZM, Dipl.ECZM (herpetology), FRCVS

Dr. Joerg Mayer, DVM, MSc, Dipl.ABVP (ECM), Dipl.ECZM (small mammal)


All sessions are held at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please use the ramp entrance to the main Vet Med building. Follow the directions here or contact Melissa Kilpatrick at

Hotel Accommodations

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following local hotels:

The UGA Hotel (at the Georgia Center)
1197 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 800.884.1381
Located on campus, about 2 blocks from the CVM.
Room block code: EE. Make your reservation online! All unreserved block rooms will be released on Nov. 11, 2013, to the public.
Rate: $89

Holiday Inn
197 East Broad St., Athens, GA 30603
Phone: 706.549.4433
Located adjacent to campus, about 1 mile from the CVM. Free parking and shuttle service to the College of Veterinary Medicine (if requested at check-in).
Room block code: AEE. Make your reservation online!
Rate: $85

Tentative Schedule


8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:30-8:40 Introductions and course overview
8:40-9:15 Endoscopy: equipment, care & use
9:15-9:45 Endoscopy fees & practice management
9:45-10:30 Avian and reptile anesthesia for endoscopy
10:30-10:45 Refreshment break
10:45-11:15 Reptile gastro-intestinal & respiratory endoscopy
11:15-12:00 p.m. Reptile coelioscopy
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-4:45 Practical reptile endoscopy wet lab
4:45-5:00 Questions and answers: What did I learn?


8:00-8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:30-8:45 Day 1 Review/roundtable discussion
8:45-9:30 Avian tracheoscopy & gastro-intestinal endoscopy
9:30-10:30 Avian coelioscopy
10:30-10:45 Refreshment break
10:45-11:30 Case reports
11:30-12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15-4:45 Practical avian endoscopy wet lab
4:45-5:00 Questions and answers: What did I learn?

Additional Information

Please review our calendar page for travel and parking information, as well as details about our conference policies.


For further information about this and other continuing education opportunities, contact Melissa Kilpatrick, Continuing Education: 706.542.1451 or

This page was last updated on July 1, 2013.