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2020 WAAZM Symposium

April 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Please join the NC State CVM Wildlife, Avian, Aquatic, and Zoological Medicine Club (WAAZM) in hosting its inaugural symposium in wildlife, zoological and exotic medicine on April 24-26, 2020. The speaker lineup will feature a variety of specialists in this field, including multiple boarded zoo specialists for lecture presentations as well as a multitude of hands-on labs.

The theme for the symposium is Diversity is Our Specialty, and the lecture topics are diverse indeed! Spend the morning learning about aquatic animal medicine with a lecture on sea turtle medicine and large whale strandings, followed up with an afternoon learning about wild elephant conservation. In between, take a look inside small mammals with a radiology lecture or learn about how cancer affects these unique species. Lab sessions will offer hands on opportunities to dive into the world of rabbit and rodent dentistry, learn the ins and out of wildlife trapping, as well as learn to repair a turtle’s shell!

Come explore the world of unique animal medicine with us here at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine while earning continuing education credits and meeting a symposium full of new friends and colleagues!

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Saturday, April 25th

  B-112 (South Theater) C-120 (North Theater) D-239 C-121 (Anatomy Lab) B-104
7:30AM - 9:00AM Breakfast in Green/Blue Commons
8:05AM - 8:55AM Interesting and Exciting Clinical Fish Cases - Dr. Greg Lewbart Emerging Mycoses in Free Ranging Reptiles - Dr. Krista Keller Sea Turtle Medicine - Dr. Craig Harms
9:10AM - 10:00AM Basic Medicine and Husbandry of High Risk Rabies Vector Species - Dr. Ernesto Dominguez Euthanasia in Zoological Companion Animals - Dr. Krista Keller Managing Live Large Whale Stranding and Euthanasia - Dr. Craig Harms
10:15AM - 11:05AM Medical Problems in Snakes Seen in Wildlife Rehabilitation - Dr. Ernesto Dominguez Backyard Poultry 101 - Dr. Olivia Petritz Elasmobranch Medicine: Diseases, Diagnostics, and Treatments - Dr. Shane Boylan
11:20AM - 12:10PM Honey Bees and Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Jeff Applegate Most of the Ins and Some of the Outs of Small Mammal Radiology - Dr. Olivia Petritz Wildlife and Ecological Toxicology: Global Stewardship of Birds and Aquatic Animals - Dr. Val Beasley
12:10PM - 1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM - 2:20PM Crikey, it's Cancer! What's Common and What Treatment Options Are There? - Dr. Tara Harrison Raptor Clinical Skills Lab - Dr. Kyra Knutson & Dr. Meghan Louis External Fixation of Fractured Chelonian Shells - Dr. Ashley Kirby & Dr. Greg Lewbart
2:35PM - 3:25PM Important Wildlife Diseases in a Zoological Setting - Dr. Sam Young
3:40PM - 4:30PM Introduction to Zoo and Wildlife Pathology - Dr. Brigid Troan Elephant Conservation in West Africa - Dr. JB Minter Parasitology Techniques - Dr. James Flowers
4:45PM - 5:30PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM Networking Event at Raleigh Brewing Company (Veterinarians and Vet Students Only)

Sunday, April 26th

  B-112 (South Theater) C-120 (North Theater) C-121 (Anatomy Lab)
7:30AM - 9:00AM Breakfast in Green/Blue Commons
8:05AM - 8:55AM Galapagos Pink Land Iguana Health Assessment: Lessons and Data From A Unique Field Site - Dr. Greg Lewbart Basic Trapper Education - Colleen Olfenbuttel & Todd Menke Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry and Clinical Techniques Lab - Dr. Olivia Petritz & Dr. Krista Keller
9:10AM - 10:00AM Snow Leopards, Fur Seals, and Pangolins, Oh My! Anesthetic Management of Non-Traditional Species - Dr. Julie Balko
10:15AM - 11:05AM Laser Beams and Needles: Nontraditional Medicine in Zoo and Exotic Animals - Dr. Tara Harrison
11:20AM - 12:10PM Operant Conditioning in Zoo Species - Dr. Maryssa Hill

Jeffrey R. Applegate Jr., DVM, DACZM – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (Adjunct)

Julia A. Balko, VMD, DACVAA – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Val Beasley, DVM, PhD, DABVT – Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences

Shane Boylan, DVM – South Carolina Aquarium

Ernesto Dominguez, DVM, DACVPM – The Wildlife Center of Virginia

James Flowers, PhD – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Craig A. Harms, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DECZM (Zoo Health Mgmt.) – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Tara M. Harrison, DVM, MPVM, DACZM, DACVPM, DECZM (Zoo Health Mgmt.), CVA – NC Sate College of Veterinary Medicine

Maryssa Hill – Carolina Tiger Rescue

Krista A. Keller, DVM, DACZM – University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Ashley Kirby, DVM – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Kyra Knutson, DVM – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Gregory A. Lewbart, MS, VMD, DACZM, DECZM (Zoo Health Mgmt.) – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Meghan Louis, DVM, DACVPM – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Todd Menke, Certified Wildlife Biologist – USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

JB Minter, MS, DVM, DACZM – The North Carolina Zoo

Colleen Olfenbuttel, Certified Wildlife Biologist – North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Olivia Petritz, DVM, DACZM – NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Brigid Troan, DVM, DACVP – The North Carolina Zoo

Sam Young, DVM – Greensboro Science Center

Raptor Clinical Skills Lab – $35

This lab will utilize raptor cadavers from a local raptor clinic (euthanized by the clinic for medical concerns) to go over a variety of clinical skills utilized in raptor medicine.

External Fixation of Fractured Chelonian Shells Lab – $20

Join our turtle rescue team for hands on practice repairing turtle shell models in addition to a discussion of indications and methods of turtle shell repairs in local turtle species.

Parasitology Techniques Lab – $15

Learn different techniques for extracting parasites from captive animal feces and discuss relevant parasites for zoo, exotic, and wildlife species.

Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Lab – $50

The rabbit and rodent dentistry lab will dive into routine dental exams, dental cleanings, and extractions of rabbit and rodent species using rabbit and guinea pig cadavers as the models.  Extra time in the lab will be utilized for clinical techniques with rabbits and rodents as well as necropsies of the cadaver.

Basic Trapper Education Course – $15

Learn about the practice of wildlife trapping and leave the symposium with a certification in wildlife trapping.  Taught by certified wildlife biologist, this 4 hour lecture series and lab will teach you the ins and outs of trapping as well as hands on demonstrations of a variety of different types of traps. This lab has an online pre-course requirement. Details on how to access the online course will be sent once you register for the lab. 

Friday Evening Ice Cream Social

NC State CVM Cafeteria • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday Evening Networking Event – $10

Raleigh Brewing Company • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Saturday Evening Networking Event will be an event for veterinary students and veterinarians hosted at Raleigh Brewing Company in a private room. This is a very casual event – no need to bring a resume or to dress formally – where veterinary students from different schools and veterinarians can all casually talk with each other. We will be playing a slide show of photos submitted by participants from their relevant veterinary experiences (instructions for submitting photos below) to help break the ice during the event. With purchase of a ticket for the networking event, you will receive access to heavy hors d’oeuvres as well as drink tickets.

  • Submitting Photos Instructions: If you would like to submit photos of your zoological, exotic, or wildlife veterinary experiences to be played on the screen during the networking event, please use the following instructions and considerations:
    • Please keep all photos appropriate for a networking event with food and drink present.
    • With your photos, please provide all the information needed in order to publicly present these photos including permit numbers, permissions, etc if needed.
    • Please provide the name of the people in the photo along with the institution (school) the photo came from.
    • Please submit all photos to with “Symposium Networking Photos” in the subject line.
  • If you are a veterinarian or a veterinary student and are unable to register for this event due to it being full, please feel free to join us at Raleigh Brewing Company.  Wear your name tag so that we know you are a part of the symposium and feel free to mingle with others from the symposium.  Food and drink tickets are reserved for those who pay for the event.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada by Wyndham Raleigh, located at 1520 Blue Ridge Road (directly next door to the CVM). The room rate is $69 plus tax per night, and reservations can be made online at or by phone at (919) 832-4100. Please reference the group code GCNCVET when reserving your room. Rooms will be blocked until April 9, 2020. After that date rooms may still be reserved but space is not guaranteed.

NCSU CVM students will also be hosting students from other veterinary schools. Veterinary students who are interested in being hosted by an NCSU CVM student can indicate this during registration.

Early Bird Registration fees are as follows:

  • Veterinarians – $150
  • Veterinary Technicians – $100
  • Wildlife Rehabilitators – $100
  • Veterinary Students – $70
  • Undergraduate Students – $70


Registration fees will increase by $20 after March 15th.


Registration fees include lectures, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday, the Friday evening social, and 12 hours of CE credits.




April 25

8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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