2020 ZEW Wet Lab

Please read all information below BEFORE registering or paying for this year’s ZEW Wet Lab. Thank you!

 

About the 2020 Wet Lab

Our 2020 Wet Lab begins Saturday, February 22th at 8 AM and ends Sunday, February 23th 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-clinician 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.

Please contact 2019-2020 President Melanie Pearson with questions: mapearson@cvm.tamu.edu.

 

2020 Wet Lab Registration and Payment Information

Registration Dates
  • Opens
    • For TAMU ZEW Members: Saturday, January 25th at 12:00 PM central time. 
    • For all Non-ZEW Members: Saturday, February 3rd at 12:00 PM central time.
      • WARNING: All dues-paying ZEW members that sign up prior to February 3rd will be given priority over non-ZEW members in their choices of lab sessions. 
  • Closes
    • Deadline for all attendees to sign up will be February 17th 5:00 PM central time. 
    • Deadline for all attendees to drop/cancel will be February 17th 5:00 PM central time. 

*You are not insured your top lab session selections until February 14th, when you will receive a confirmation of your personal lab selections and an invoice. Please do not pay until you have received this email.

*To register, simply click on the Registration button above and fill out the form.

 

Payment Dates and Information

Dates

  • Opens
    • February 14th 5:00 PM central time.
  • Closes
    • February 17th at 5:00 PM central time.

*WARNINGIf you pay before this time period and your invoice ends up being less than you a expected due to not being placed into particular lab sessions, you will NOT be refunded for the extra cost. Please do not pay until you have received a confirmation email and invoice from our ZEW Relations Chair, Julia McElwee.

 

 Information for ALL ATTENDEES

  • Payment (online or in-person) period will open once all individual lab assignments have been emailed out along with your personal invoice.
  • Once your lab sessions have been paid, there is NO REFUND unless the lab is canceled.
    • Please, do not try to find someone to take your spot since we have a wait-list for students who don’t make it into their first or second choices.
  • Failure to pay for labs before the deadline will remove you from your spot.
  • Other notes:
    1) Breakfast will be provided for students attending morning lab session on that day (Saturday and/or Sunday).
    2) Saturday’s Lunch will be provided for students attending any of Saturday’s lab sessions.

 Information for TAMU ZEW Members:

  • Wet Lab is free for TAMU ZEW dues paying members.
  • HOWEVER, to secure your spot, you must pay ZEW $30 (cash or check only). This payment will be refunded to you when you arrive for your first lab session.
    • Please, deliver your check or cash to the ZEW folder in the Grass Hopper room or they may deliver it in person to Melanie Person (President), Julia McElwee (Relations Chair), or Katie Freeman (Treasurer).

Information for Non-members who are TAMU students:

  • Cost per lab will very based on the type of lab (live animal lab or non-live animal lab).
  • TAMU students who are non-members may pay in the following manner:
    • Online: please click our “Payments” tab next to the “Registration” tab.
    • Cash or check
      • Please, deliver your check or cash to the ZEW folder in the Grass Hopper room or they may deliver it in person to Melanie Person (President), Julia McElwee (Relations Chair), or Katie Freeman (Treasurer).

Information for Non-members who are Out-of-State:

  • Cost per individual lab will very based on the type of lab (live animal lab or non-live animal lab).
  • Payment option is online only! Please click on the “Payments” tab next to the “Registration” tab.
  • AGAIN, you are not insured your top lab session selections, please wait until February 14th, when you will receive a confirmation of your personal lab selections and an invoice.

 

For All Non-members
COST BREAKDOWN for ZEW Wet Lab 2020 Sessions
  • $20 for 1 non-live animal lab
  • $30 for 1 live animal lab
  • $60 for any 3 labs together
    *FOR EXAMPLE :if you sign up for 2 labs, you will pay the cost of the two labs; that is, if someone signs up for 1 non-live animal and one live animal, it will be $50. If you sign up for two non-live animal, it will be$40. If you sign up for 2 live animal labs, it will be $60.

 

*If you have issues registering or fail to receive your confirmation email (receive on February14), please contact Julia McElwee (Relations Chair) at jgmcelwee@cvm.tamu.edu.

*If you have issues regarding payment, please contact Katie Freeman (Treasurer) at krfreeman@cvm.tamu.edu.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Now here is more exciting content: descriptions of the ZEW Wet Lab 2020 lab sessions!

 

2020 Wet Lab Descriptions

 

Avian Track

Wetlabs:

• Avian Reproductive Surgery: Stephen Fronefield, DVM, DABVP (Avian) from 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. This lab is capped at 20 people and is $20.

• Raptor Medicine: Melissa Hill, DVM

This lab focuses on husbandry and rehabilitation of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures, but will provide skills that apply to all avian species. Following a lecture and falconry demonstration (with live raptors) covering topics in raptor husbandry and common injuries sustained by raptors, participants will move to a cadaver lab for some hands-on practice. Participants will learn skills in bandaging, injections, placing IO catheters, splints, etc. Come watch a fantastic demonstration with live raptors, and gain some skills in avian medicine! This lab is capped at 20 people and is $30.

• Avian Handling: J. Jill Heatley, MS, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACZM from Texas A&M CVM

Refine your avian handling skils or practice handling a psittacine (parrot) for the first time in this live animal lab. Participants will be performing physical exams, blood draws, and fluid administration. They will then practice diagnostic techniques and learn to prepare blood smears and perform fecal cytology. This lab is capped at 20 people and is $30.

Exotic Mammal Track

Wetlabs:

• Small Mammal Dental Techniques: Stephen Fronefield, DVM, DABVP (Avian) from ABC Animal & Bird Clinic

Dental disease is extremely common in small mammals and it is important to gain experience working in those tiny mouths, if you want to work with these critters in the future. In this lab, students will perform dental exams on a small mammal cadavers (either a rabbit or rat), intubate the mammal, and perform common dental procedures on the cadaver. Students will need to bring a few pair of gloves. This lab is capped at 10 people and is $20.

• Ferret Ultrasound: Catherine Pfent, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVP Direct of Veterinary Medicine at Blinn College and Beverly Finneburgh, DVM from Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic

Ultrasound has become increasingly important in veterinary medicine and especially in diagnosing ferrets which commonly get adrenal disease and cancer. In the ferret ultrasound lab students will get the opportunity to handle live ferrets and gain hands on experience performing ultrasounds on these cute little furry friends. Students are not required to bring anything to this lab but may optionally bring gloves and a stethescope for examining the ferrets. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $30.

•Small Mammal Spay/Neuter: Michelle Taylor, DVM from Animal Medical Center of the Village

Spaying and neutering patients is something you will probably end up doing every day as a veterinarian whether you go into exotics, zoo, small animal or even large animal medicine. In this lab students will each get their own rabbit cadaver to perform a spay or neuter on. While the majority of the procedure is the same for a cat or dog, there are some key differences that you will learn about in this lab. Students will need to bring their own dissection kits, blades and a couple pair of gloves. This lab is capped at 30 people and is $20.

Reptile Track

Wetlabs:

• Integrated Medicine Techniques: Robin Robinett, DVM, CVC, CVA, CERT from Veterinary Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic

Learn the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques with a focus on acupuncture as a method of alternative medicine for animals. As TCM can be used on all species of animals, this will take a multispecies approach with a demonstration on tortoises. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20. 

• Reptile Handling & Recognition: Sharman Hoppes, DVM, DABVP (Avian) and Laura Berg from Texas Venom Experience 

The reptile handling and recognition lab will inform participants about various venomous and non-venomous species in Texas and what to do upon encountering them in the wild. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice proper hands-on handling and restraint technique on snakes, lizards, and turtles along with simple physical exam procedures. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $30.

• Reptile Necropsy:  Sharman Hoppes, DVM, DABVP (Avian) and Jordan Gentry, DVM from Texas Avian and Exotics Hospital and Larry N. White, DVM from Briarcrest Veterinary Clinic

The reptile necropsy lab will allow participants to gain a greater understanding of snake and lizard anatomy and physiology. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their surgical skills on exotic animal patients and practice suturing on scaled skin. Please bring dissection materials and lab coats. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

Marine Track

Wetlabs:

• Shark Necropsy: Raymond Tarpley, DVM, MPH, PhD

Learn more about the anatomy and physiology of some of our water-dwelling friends—sharks! Students will gain hands on experience while dissecting dogfish sharks after listening to Dr. Raymond Tarpley give a brief lecture on the differences of shark anatomy and physiology that helps them adapt to life in the ocean. Please bring your dissection materials and lab coat. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

• Fish Surgical Skills & Diagnostics: J. Jill Heatley, MS, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACZM from Texas A&M CVM

Have you always wanted to be a fish surgeon? This is the lab for you! Students will be able to practice surgical and diagnostic skills on fish cadavers under the oversight of our very own resident zoo medicine-boarded clinician, Dr. Jill Heatley. Please bring your dissection materials and lab coat. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

• Sea Turtle Necropsy: Tim Tristan, MS, DVM, DABVP (Reptile & Amphibian) from Texas Sealife Center

Dr. Tim Tristan, Director of the Texas Sealife Center, will be coming to Aggieland! Students will get the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to participate in the necropsy of sea turtles and learn more about their anatomy first-hand. Please bring your dissection materials and lab coat. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

Wildlife Track

Wetlabs:

• Wildlife Capture & Release: Sarah Hamer, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVPM

Providing health care to free-ranging bird and small mammal species poses unique challenges to the wildlife veterinarian – namely catching your patient! Dr. Sarah Hamer leads students through the ins-and-outs of humane live animal traps and mistnetting. Sunday morning handle, sample, and release your wildlife! Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor activity. This lab will be capped at 18 people and is $30.

• Chemical Immobilization: Walt Cook, DVM, PhD, and James Derr, MS, PhD, from Texas A&M CVM

Whoever said not to poke the sleeping bear was not a veterinarian! Chemical immobilization of wildlife minimizes patient stress and allows safer hands-on treatment of animals. Learn about dart guns, firearm safety, and proper drug loading then practice your aim on the range with Dr. Walter Cook! Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor activity. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $30.

• Forensic Necropsy of Wildlife: John Tomacheck, PhD and Clayton Hilton, MS, DVM, DACZM

If wild animals could speak… They still probably wouldn’t talk to their doc. Take an investigative approach to necropsy with wildlife veterinarian Dr. Clayton Hilton and biologist Dr. John Tomecek to learn how to read the story of wild animals post-mortem. Please bring a full dissection kit and wear clothing suitable for outdoor activity. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

Zoo Track

Wetlabs:

• Comparative Ophthalmology of Zoo Animals: Sharman Hoppes, DVM, DABVP (Avian) and Erin Scott, DVM, DACVO from Texas A&M CVM

Students will receive instruction by board-certified ophthalmologists and gain hands-on experience performing ophthalmic exams on a variety of live species, including rabbits, reptiles, tortoises, and birds. Examinations will include indirect fundoscopy, Schirmer tear testing, and phenol red tear thread tear tests. This lab will be capped at 18 people and is $30.

• Comparative Zoo Necropsy & Histology: Laura Bryan, DVM, PhD, DACVP and Lauren Stranahan, DVM, Pathology Resident from Texas A&M CVM

Students will gain hands-on experience with anatomic diversity as they dissect a variety of exotic animal cadavers. They will also have the opportunity to view prosected specimens as they are explained by a faculty pathologist. Following the dissections, students will gain experience with diagnosing exotic animal diseases in an interactive presentation on zoo histopathology. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

• Comparative Intubation of Zoo Animals: Michelle Taylor, DVM from Animal Medical Center of the Village

Intubation of exotic animals is often difficult but is still an important part of standard of care for anesthetic procedures in both zoos and in practices that see pocket pets. Dr. Michelle Taylor will be guiding students in this intubation and laceration repair lab of exotic animals. Students will be able to intubate a number of exotic animal species, including rabbits, reptiles, and chickens. Students will also be able to perform laceration repairs on their cadavers, to get a feel for the differences in suturing a reptile’s skin versus a bird, or mammal’s. This lab will be capped at 20 people and is $20.

Shown below is the official schedue for the labs listed above. Please consider the days/times for the labs you are wanting to attend before registrating.