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Exotics: Increase Your Confidence!



Veterinarian Course: May 22-25, 2023

30 CE credit hours (RACE approved) | $4,500

Veterinary Nurse/Technician Course:

May 22-24, 2023 

22 CE credit hours (RACE approved) | $2,100

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Course Description

This course will help you take your knowledge and skills in exotic animal medicine to the next level. The focus will be on applicable, practice-building information in commonly seen exotic animal species, including pet birds, small mammals, and reptiles. Regardless of your current skill level, you will find this one-on-one intensive learning experience with our highly knowledgeable instructors will rapidly expand your technical and medical comfort zone with special species. From our interactive classes to our hands-on workshops, this transformative professional development experience is the best way to make substantive strides in elevating your level of medicine with non-traditional pets.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, all attendees will:

  • Have acquired the knowledge and skills to be confident of their handling, physical examination, and husbandry recommendations for commonly kept birds, small mammals, and reptiles.
  • Have gained the ability and confidence in making diagnoses based on exam findings, imaging, and ancillary diagnostics in a variety of non-traditional pets.
  • Feel confident in offering treatment and prognostic recommendations for commonly seen abnormalities in exotic animal pets.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills and knowledge necessary to provide critical care to select special species.

Additional Learning Objectives for DVM Course

At the conclusion of this course, all attendees will also:

  • Learn and implement techniques for managing dental disease in rabbits and rodents including equipment use, dental trimming, and extractions.
  • Practice surgical techniques on a variety of exotic species.
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Course Leader

Jennifer Graham, DVM, DABVP (Avian/ECM), DACZM 

Jennifer Graham

Dr. Graham graduated with her DVM from Auburn University in 1999. She completed an avian/exotic internship at the University of Georgia followed by a 3-year residency in avian/exotic animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Following her residency, she started an exotics practice in a specialty referral hospital located in Seattle from 2003-2006. Dr. Graham worked at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston from 2006-2012. She is presently an Associate Professor of Zoological Companion Animal Medicine at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Graham became board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Avian medicine in 2002 and has recently been recertified in this practice category. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2008. She was also on the organizing committee for the ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal practice category and became certified in this practice category in 2009, recently recertified in 2019.
Dr. Graham is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Graham’s professional interests include NSAIDs/inflammation, oncology in exotic animal species, gastrointestinal stasis in rabbits and rodents, and animal welfare. She served as the ABVP Residency Chair from 2009-2013 and holds positions on several veterinary committees. In her spare time, Dr. Graham enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and fly fishing (although she never catches anything!).


  • Grayson Doss, DVM, DACZM
  • Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM
  • S.Emi Knafo, DVM, DACZM
  • Marie Rush, DVM, DACZM

Recommended Supplemental Reading

  1. Exotic Animal Emergency and Critical Care, edited by Jennifer Graham, Grayson Doss, and Hugues Beaufrere.
  2. Mader’s Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery, 3rd Edition, edited by Stephen Divers and Scott Stahl.
  3. Exotic Animal Formulary, 6th Edition, edited by James W. Carpenter.
  4. Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery, 4th edition, Katherine Quesenberry, DVM, MPH, DABVP; James W. Carpenter, MS, DVM, DACZM.
  5. Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, Brian Speer, DVM, DECZM (Avian), DABVP (Avian).
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