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.
- 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
- Wet Lab is free for TAMU ZEW dues paying members
- If you wish to participate in mulitple labs the cost will be
- $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
- $15 for our Marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation simulation
- FREE for our lecture on Aquatic medicine
• Avian Reproductive
Surgery: Dr. Stephen Fronefield, ABC Animal & Bird
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.
• 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
• Ferret Abdominal
Surgery: Dr. Jerry Murray, Animal Clinic of Farmers
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 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 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
• 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.
• 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
• Zoo Histology and Pathology
: Dr. Lauren Stranahan and Dr. Raquel Rech, Texas A&M
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.