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Monday 30th November 2020, 12:30pm GMT

Presented by Madonna Livingstone BVMS MRCVS

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About the webinar:

Despite being domesticated for over 3000 years, many vets still feel unequipped to deal with these playful pets. Over the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in ferrets being kept purely as pets and now there are more pet ferrets than working ferrets in the U.K.

With an undeserved reputation as being aggressive, smelly animals, most ferrets are actually delightful, curious and playful animals. The vast majority of pet owners identify their pet as being a member of their family and as such they expect the same high level of care for their pet ferret as their pet dog or cat.

This session is designed to show how ferrets can easily be integrated into your caseload. Husbandry will be briefly covered and introduce common conditions encountered in the ferret. Time will be given for questions and discussion.

This session is suitable for: veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, and clinical stage veterinary students.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ferrets are not all aggressive!
  • Vets have transferable skills
  • Reproductive control
  • Develop a differential list for common conditions

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About the speaker

Madonna Livingstone BVMS MRCVS

Known as the practice geek, Madonna qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2002. She joined the Ark Veterinary Clinics Ltd Coatbridge in 2004 and has grown the exotic side of the practice to the extent it now occupies over 70% of her case load both first opinion and referral. Although her main interest is in exotic animal species, she also enjoys soft tissue surgery and behaviour of all species.

Madonna is an exotics consultant for NationWide Laboratories which includes interpretation of results for many different species. She is always happy to help any vets with cases.

On her day off from clinical practice Madonna lectures on exotic animal medicine and surgery, teaches clinical skills in small exotic mammals and rabbit surgery at Glasgow University Veterinary School. Also, an Affiliated vet with Glasgow Vet School she is the nominated veterinary surgeon for all the exotic teaching animals (reptiles and mammals).

She also, has a diploma in parrot behaviour, has been published on reptiles, parrots and ferrets including a peer reviewed journals.

Her duties also include being the chair of an ethical committee for two zoological collections.

Madonna speaks widely throughout the U.K. on exotic animal medicine and surgery to Vets and Veterinary nurses. She has also spoken several times at the Scottish Parrot Society and the Scottish Branch of International Herpetological Society to owners and enthusiasts.

Madonna is a member of the Rabbit Welfare and Association Fund (RWAF), the Tortoise Trust, Clyde Bird Ringing Group, the Scottish Ferret Club, British Veterinary Zoological Society, and the Veterinary Invertebrate Society and has a strong interest in conservation.

Currently Madonna is owned by two GSD, nine ferrets, and two rescue cockatiels.

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