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Wet Lab

2016 Wet Lab

Our 2016 Wet Lab begins Saturday, April 23rd at 8 AM and ends Sunday, April 24th at 3 PM. 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

  • Open March 1st through March 31st
  • Registration includes all lectures and four wetlabs
  • To register, simply create an account, log in, and register for the four labs you are interested in
  • Wet Lab is free for TAMU ZEW dues paying members and $75 for out of state students.
  • Checks must be postmarked by April 1, 2016 or you will be dropped from the wetlab.
  • For questions about where to mail your check or concerns, please contact Brittni East at


TAMU C/O 2016, 2017 March 1 7:00 AM CST
TAMU C/O 2018 March 1 12:00 PM CST
TAMU C/O 2019 March 1 5:00 PM CST
Non-TAMU- all years
March 2
7:00 AM CST

General Lectures:

Adventures in the Field: Stories in Conservation Medicine: Dr. Carlos Sanchez, Fort Worth Zoo

Career Paths in Exotic Animal Medicine: Dr. Carlos Sanchez, Fort Worth Zoo

The Adventurous Approach to Camelid Medicine: Dr. Kevin Washburn, Texas A&M CVM

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 Necropsy & Pathology: Dr. Erin Edwards & Dr. Martha Hensel

A great lab no matter where you are in your education. Practice performing an avian necropsy while learning about common diseases and disorders seen on pathology. Also a great anatomy review.

• 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.

• Avian Emergency Techniques: Dr. Sharman Hoppes, Texas A&M CVM

An advanced lab geared towards students who have some avian experience., Students will learn how to handle emergent situations and will practice intubation, tube feeding, air sac cannulization, IO catheter placement, and bandaging on cadavers.


• Advanced Avian Imaging: Dr. Michelle Fabiana, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialist

• Essentials of Avian Nutrition: Dr. Agnes Rupley

Exotic Mammal Track










Anatomy & Physiology of Small Mammals: Dr. Michelle Whitehead, Texas A&M CVM

This wet lab will include a lecture of basic anatomy and physiology of small exotic mammals. 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.

Rabbit Dentistry: Dr. Anneliese Strunk, The Center for Bird & Exotic Medicine

This wet lab will include a lecture with an overview of rabbit dentistry followed by a lab with rabbit cadavers. The lab will include performing an oral examination, dental nerve blocks, and practicing dentistry skills & extractions. The lab will focus on malocclusion diagnostics and treatment.

Spay & Neuter of Small Exotic Mammals: Dr. Mark Stickney, Texas A&M CVM

This wetlab will begin with a lecture on the major differences in these procedures with small mammals followed by a lab where students will be able to perform a spay/neuter on a variety of small mammals.


Everything You Need to Know About Ferrets: Dr. Jerry Murray

Common Diseases & Zoonoses in Pocket Pet Practice: Dr. Anne Kier, Texas A&M CVM

Reptile Track










Anatomy & Physiology of Herpetofauna: Dr. Tim Tristan, Texas SeaLife Center

Great lab for 1VMs & 2VMs. This lab will cover the comparative anatomy of reptiles & amphibians. There will be a brief introductory lecture followed by guided dissection of selected specimens. This has historically been one of our most popular labs.

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.

Chelonian Shell Repair: Dr. Jill Heatley, Texas A&M CVM

This lab will lead a small group of students through one of the most common problems seen in chelonian medicine—shell trauma. The lab will focus on various approaches to the repair of fractures, and then we will break out into groups of 2-3 to practice guided, hands-on repair of artificially created "injuries" to specimen shells .


Reptile Emergency & Critical Care: Dr. Jill Heatley, Texas A&M CVM

Essentials in Reptile Nutrition: Dr. Joe Flanagan, Houston Zoo

Radiology of Small Mammals and Reptiles: Dr. Michelle Fabiani, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialist

Marine Track










Fish Anesthesia & Clinical Skills: Dr. Chad Harris, North Austin Animal Hospital

In this lab, students will anesthetize fish and perform skin scrapes, gill clips, and fin biopsies to be examined microscopically. While the fish are under, students will learn how to draw blood from various locations and other important considerations during physical exam.

Fish Anatomy & Necropsy: Dr. Chad Harris, North Austin Animal Hospital

Students will necropsy various species of fish, noting differences among species. Labeled specimens will be set up at the front of the room to quiz yourself. The functions of various organs will be discussed in regards to their role in the aquatic environment.

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation & Necropsy: Dr. Tim Tristan, Texas SeaLife Center

This lab will begin with a lecture on sea turtle rehabilitation and the common diseases that affect these wild animals. The lecture will be followed by necropsy of specimens brought in from his rehabilitation facility in Corpus Christi.


Aquatic Animal Medicine: Dr. Tim Tristan, Texas SeaLife Center

Common Diseases & Clinical Cases in Fish Medicine: Dr. Chad Harris, North Austin Animal Hospital

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. Walt Cook & Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, 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.

Raptor Handling & Rehabilitaiton: Dr. Melissa Hill, Kirby Animal Hospital

Veterinarians in private practice have many opportunities to work with injured wildlife. This lab will work through common injuries in birds of prey, their rehabilitation, and safe and effective handling techniques to use in their examination.


Differences in Zoological & Free-Ranging Management: Dr. Julie Swenson, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Common Diseases of Wildlife: Dr. Terry Hensley, TVMDL

Zoo Track










Anatomic Pathology of Exotic Species: Dr. Edwards, 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.

Clinical Diagnostics in a Zoo Setting: Dr. Thomas Craig, 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.


Conservation - Zoos & Wildlife Interaction: Dr. Joe Flanagan, Hosuton Zoo

Training Medical Behaviors in a Zoological Setting: Margaret Whitaker, Active Environments, Inc.