28 Feb 2018
Following the success of previous courses, Woodley Equipment were once again delighted to sponsor the Advanced Wildlife Immobilisation Course at Kruger Park, South Africa.
This course was run by Dr Leith Meyer, Dr Richard Burroughs, Dr Adrian Tordiffe, Dr Peter Buss, Dr Gareth Zeiler and Dr Angela Brüns. This is a highly recommended course for any Veterinarian who wants to pursue a successful career in wildlife.
Different wildlife species covered in the course included Rhino, Impala, Hippopotamus, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra and Primates.
Following a review of the Central Nervous, Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems, different monitoring methods including Pulse Oximetry, Capnography and Blood Gases using the epoc Blood Gas/Electrolyte Analyser were explained together with how to interpret the results.
The epoc Blood Gas/Eletrolyte Analyser, supplied by Woodley Equipment, together with other monitors were used to demonstrate the effects of chemical immobilisation and how important monitoring is.
Practical sessions were conducted with Impala, Rhinos, Elephants and Hyenas to demonstrate what happens in an animal with different drug combinations and the response when Butorphanol and Oxygen is given.
The sessions provided in-depth insight about fundamental pharmacology, as well as Opiods, Cyclohexamines, Alpha-2 Agonists, Benzodiazepines & Tranquillisers to give a better understanding of what happens to the animals when they are immobilised. Long-term Immobilisation, Analgesics, Anti-Inflammatory, Antimicrobial and Anthelmintic use were also explained and discussed.
The course also covered capture related complications including Respiratory depression, Cardiovascular failure, Hypothermia, Stress and Myopathy together with CPR during immobilisation/anaesthesia. Dr Hardus Visser gave a refresher talk about First Aid and CPR procedures to be able to handle drug accidents should they occur to a colleague or themselves.
All 18 delegates went away from the course with a thorough understanding of Pulse Oximetry, Capnography, Blood Gases and how to properly understand research papers.