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Wet Lab

2018 Wet Lab

Our 2018 Wet Lab begins Saturday, February 24th at 8 AM and ends Sunday, February 25th at 11:30 AM. The Wet Lab will feature labs and lectures from 6 different tracks (Avian, Exotic Mammal, Reptile, Marine, Wildlife, and Zoo), as well as a student-clinican roundtable & externship discussion. Students will be able to customize their experience by choosing to stick with one track throughout the wetlab or by choosing to participate in labs and lectures from different tracks.

Registration Details

  • Opens February 2nd at 5:00pm for TAMU ZEW members and opens to everyone February 5th at 8:00AM
  • Last day to Drop/cancel without penalty is FEBRUARY 16th. There will be a strict policy of $30 if a student fails to show for a registered lab
  • Last day to register is February 21st
  • To register, simply create an account, log in, and register for the four labs you are interested in


**If log-in does not work initially, it will often work on the second try. **

If you still have issues registering- please contact Libby Woodruff at

Open for Registration

  • Wet Lab is free for TAMU ZEW dues paying members
    • If you wish to participate in mulitple labs the cost will be $50
    • $30 each for live animal labs: Reptile handling, Reptile Medicine, Small mammal physical exam and handling, Avian physical exam and hematology, and Chemical Immobilization.
    • $20 each for: Zoo histology and pathology, Comparative anatomy, Chronic Wasting disease testing, Darting, Ferret surgery, and Avian Reproductive surgery
    • $15 for our Marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation simulation lab
    • FREE for our lecture on Aquatic medicine
Avian Track


• Avian Reproductive Surgery: Dr. Stephen Fronefield, ABC Animal & Bird Clinic

This is a more advanced lab that is designed for students who are already familiar with avian anatomy and basic surgery skills. Priority will be given to 3VMs and up. Students will learn about the indications for avian reproductive surgery and will be able to perform this procedure on cadavers.

• Avian Handling & Clinical Examination: Dr. Sharman Hoppes, Texas A&M CVM

Refine your avian handling skills or practice handling for the first time if that is what you need. Great for any skill level since, as you know, practice makes perfect. Participants will be performing physical exams, blood draws, IM injections, and SQ injections in addition to practicing handling skills. This is a live animal lab.

Exotic Mammal Track










Small Mammal Physical Exam and handling Dr. Andrea Winkel-Blair, Texas A&M CVM

A brief lecture on rabbit health and wellness exams It will be followed by a hands on lab focused on basic restraint, handling and physical examination.

Ferret Abdominal Surgery: Dr. Jerry Murray, Animal Clinic of Farmers Branch

This wet lab will include a lecture over the fundamentals of ferret abdominal surgery followed by a lab with ferret cadavers. Students will learn how to perform an abdominal exploratory to appreciate the unique anatomic characteristics of mustelids.
Adrenal gland disease is a common finding in pet ferrets, and the lab will focus on its surgical treatment.



Reptile Track










Reptile Medicine : Sharman Hoppes, Texas A&M CVM

If you feel comfortable handling reptiles, but want more experience in performing different monitoring andn treatment technieques on a variety of reptiles then this lab is for you. This is a live animal lab

Restraint & Examination of Reptiles: Kristin Norris, KnK Reptiles

A good introduction for those wanting to incorporate reptile medicine into their future practices, this lab will introduce you to the safe and effective handling and restraint techniques that work best with our ectothermic patients. This is a live animal lab . Keep in mind that our instructors will help you through any phobias you may have.

Marine Track










• Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabiliation Simulation Lab- Dr. Henderson

An introduciton to marine resuce and rehabiliation. Part of this lab will be lecture-based, where the particiapants learn about the role of stranding entworks, common illnesses of marine mammals and basic rescue procedures. The other portion of the lab will be a hands on simulation. (This lab is an introductory-level course, and is not intended for participants with significant recue experience.)


Aquatic Animal Medicine: Dr. Tarpley

Wildlife Track










Chronic Wasting Disease: Dr. Walt Cook, Texas A&M CVM

Chronic Wasting Disease, an encephalopathy like scrapie in sheep, has been found in several deer farming operations. This lab will teach you about the disease and the proper sample collection techniques needed to send samples off for diagnostic testing.

Darting Wet Lab: Dr. James Derr, Texas A&M CVM

After a short lecture on capture methods and darting equipment, students will practice loading darts and test their shooting skills on a variety of targets.

Zoo Track










Compartative Anatomy of Exotic Species: Dr. Sharman Hoppes, Texas A&M CVM

Necropsy is a vital skill for exotic animal clinicians, especially in the zoo specialty. This session will take you through the skills required to perform a thorough necropsy on any species.

Zoo Histology and Pathology : Dr. Lauren Stranahan and Dr. Raquel Rech, Texas A&M CVM

With so many species represented in zoological institutions, clinical pathology can be challenging. This lab will take you through the different diagnostics used in zoo settings including hematology interpretation and common parasites found affecting animal in zoological collections.

Chemical Immobilization: Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, Texas A&M CVM

Following a brief lecture on pharmacokinetics and chemical immobilization, students in this lab will anesthetize one of the wildlife center’s residents for a regular examination.