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Cervid field medicine & surgery




Wagner, Douglas, speaker
Schafer, Shawn, moderator
International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, producer

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Cervid field medicine & surgery: Farmed Cervids present a challenge to manage and treat when disease is present. While these animals are in a farmed situation they are not domesticated and the stress placed upon them to handle and treat them when disease is present, is a factor that must be taken into consideration at all times. Cervids can show signs of Capture Myopathy and be clinically affected in as little as two minutes of a hard chase. The most common diseases that affect farmed Cervids are: Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), Pneumonia, Enteric, Necrobacillosis and Parasitism. The common pathogens causing these diseases will be discussed and treatment options that have been used successfully for these pathogens. Surgery will discuss and focus on issues where surgical intervention is need, the most common reasons for surgical intervention are: Orthopedic (fractured long bones), Antler infection/removal, Soft tissue (traumatic injury repair, neonatal hernia, Ophthalmic (enucleation). Both Medicine and Surgery topics will focusing on practical approaches to identify problems early and treating them while minimizing stress. There are many different Chemical Immobilization protocols that have been used in the Cervid industry, none of these protocols have been standardized and there are no established labeled drugs for Chemical immobilization at this time. Advantages and disadvantages to each protocol will be discussed focusing on which protocols has been most effective dealing with compromised cervids.
Fawn / Calf Care: Fawn/Calf Care will focus on early detection and intervention when disease is affecting neonates. When disease affects neonatal Cervids, death can follow quickly due to their lack of body reserves. Due to this lack of body reserves, early detection of disease and determining which body systems are affected is of critical importance. There are few veterinary professional who express an interest in the Cervid industry and many producers are without the proper guidance and assistance when dealing with disease on their farms. One of the goals of this lecture will be to instruct the attendee on how to perform a thorough Physical Exam on a neonatal Cervid showing clinical signs of disease. Once the attendee has a better understanding of the information that can be attained by performing a Physical Exam, the knowledge gained from the Physical Exam will be used in standardized approaches to determining which body systems are affected and what treatments are most appropriate to stabilize a critical neonate. If the producer can identify problems and provide treatment to stabilize the neonate while professional help is being sought the chances of the neonate surviving increase. The most common diseases which affect neonatal Cervids are: enteric, respiratory, necrobacillosis and parasitism. Common pathogens which cause these diseases will be identified. Case scenarios will be presented with the goal of have the attendees work through cases of neonatal disease and form treatment plans.


Moderator: Shawn Schafer.
Presented at the 8th international congress for wildlife and livelihoods on private and communal lands: livestock, tourism, and spirit, that was held on September 7-12, 2014 in Estes Park, Colorado.
Video presentation includes: Fawn/Calf Care and Cervid Medicine and Surgery.

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Wildlife management -- Congresses
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