CPD Events

"Exotics" Evening

Date : Wednesday 21st March 2018
Venue : The Grand Assembly Hall II, 4/F North Tower, YMCA
Time : Registration & Buffet : 7:00 ~ 8:00 pm, Seminar : 8:00~10:30 pm
Speaker : Dr. Drury Reavill, Dr. Anneliese Strunk & Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo

Cost :
    • Members : $0
    • Non-Members : $0
    • CPD Hours : 2.5

Organizer : The Hong Kong Veterinary Association Ltd.

1. How to solve Reptile cases using Diagnostics Imaging - by Nicola Di Girolamo DMV, MSc (EBHC), GPCert (ExAP), PhD, Dipl.ECZM (Herp) Registered Specialist
Reptile medicine may be frustrating since reptiles often conceal clinical signs and present for a specific sign of illness. In this context, the proper use of diagnostic imaging may change the daily practice. Reptile diagnostic imaging is a field in constant development. In these recent years there have been many scientific confirmations of concepts that clinical experience have suggested, e.g., the relevance of horizontal beam in chelonians radiology. During this presentation we will consider which are the ways to obtain radiographies for easy interpretation, what are the common and emerging radiological patterns in reptile medicine, and what is the role of advanced diagnostic imaging.

2. Reptile Anatomy Review and Necropsy Techniques - by Dr. Drury Reavill DVM, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice) Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists
The lecture will be focused on necropsy techniques and important anatomy of lizards, snakes, and tortoise/turtles.

3. Exotic Animal Practice Pearls- by Dr Anneliese Strunk DVM,DABVP (Avian)
This lecture will be reviewing a variety of practice tips for the exotic practitioner. Topics include microchipping in birds, venipuncture in birds and reptiles, updates on wing and beak trims, surgical tips, as well as incorporating low stress veterinary visit concepts into practice.

4. Avian Signalment: Its Impact on Pathology Results - by Dr. Drury Reavill DVM, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice) Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists
The signalment (age, sex, and species) provides important background information, which can help to rule in, or out, certain diagnoses. However, with avian species these can be challenging to determine. Age can be estimated by stage of development; unfortunately, once the bird is an adult, there are few physical traits that can be used for aging. Sex determination can also be challenging as many of our pet birds are not sexually dimorphic. The specific species also plays an important part in helping determine the significance of some clinical signs and lesions.

Speakers Biography

Dr. Drury Reavill
DVM, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice)
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Dr. Drury Reavill has over 19 years of experience in avian and exotic clinical practice, laboratory diagnostics and pathology. Drury is skilled in the medicine and surgery of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and a wide variety of exotic mammals.

Drury graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 then took an associate position at the Avian Medical Center of Sacramento where she practiced for more than 8 years. During this time Drury also did relief work for other exclusively exotic animal practices and provided clinical consultation and laboratory services to practitioners through California Avian Laboratory (a national service exclusively devoted to avian and exotic animals) as well as through California Veterinary Diagnostic Labs of West Sacramento.

Starting in 1995 Drury began her pathology training under Dr. Schmidt's guidance. She completed her residency in anatomic pathology (including instruction in zoo pathology and course work at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) and gained board certification from American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) in 2000. Drury is also a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, obtaining avian specialty status in 1993 and re-certifying in 2003.

Drury has authored or co-authored over 30 papers, 10 book chapters, one book and a CD, each covering a wide range of exotic animal disease conditions. She is a popular presenter on-line through VIN and at veterinary conferences, veterinary schools, and meetings in the United States and around the world.

Dr Reavill is part of Asia Veterinary Diagnostics Second Tier team of Histopathologist experts and happy to read AVD Exotics submissions and provide second opinion services, as required.


Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo
DMV, MSc (EBHC), GPCert (ExAP), PhD, Dipl.ECZM
(Herp) Registered Specialist

Nicola Di Girolamo is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology). Currently works as an Exotic specialist in Hong Kong at Tai Wai Small Animals & Exotics Hospital. He founded EBMVet, a study group on Evidence-based medicine and is the president-elect of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. He performed his ECZM residency at the Clinic for Exotic Animals in Rome. He completed a Master of Science in evidence-based healthcare at the university of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Bologna. He serves as an associate editor of BMC Veterinary Research, and as a methodologist reviewer for veterinary journals. He loves surfing and playing chess.


Dr Anneliese Strunk
DVM, DABVP ( Avian)

Dr. Strunk was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, then completed an internship in Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoo Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2002, followed by a three-year residency in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2005. She has seen exclusively exotic companion pets since that time in practices in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Austin, Texas, and now the beautiful Pacific Northwest at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, where she has been Medical Director for the past three years.

She has presented at national meetings of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and is currently on the Advisory Board of both organizations. Dr. Strunk has a special interest in surgery, endoscopic techniques, small mammal dentistry, ophthalmology, and teaching. In her free time, Dr. Strunk enjoys making fused glass art and jewelry, silversmithing, and cloisonné. She shares her home with a variety of birds, reptiles, cats and a super cute dachshund cross (not to mention her dedicated, pet-loving husband, Shu).

Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong, HKVA CPD Coordinator

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