Last update: Friday 20th April,
8th Marine Mammal Medical Workshop
January 30th - February 2nd, 2003
Nausicaa - Boulogne-sur-mer - France
The 8th Marine Mammal Medical Workshop was held from January
30th through February 2nd, 2003 and was hosted by
Nausicaa in Boulogne-sur-mer, France.
The subject of this year was: "Pinnipeds medicine and
husbandry". The two first days - Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January
were reserved for veterinarians. We reviewed all aspects of pinniped medicine,
prophylaxis, treatments, use of diagnostic tools, surgery etc
February 1st we covered pinnipeds husbandry - starting from the
different training steps to achieve the different possible medical behaviours
to their application in preventive and curative medicine. On the Sunday
February 2nd, we had on-site demonstrations of those medical behaviors.
Throughout the day, one-hour hands-on sessions were held on different medically
trained behaviors (General body, eyes and teeth check-up/Blood sampling/Squeeze
cage desensitization/Ultrasonography - Radiography/General session) and on
practical solutions for medical training problems with hands-on possibilities.
Participation in the two last days was open for trainers and keepers.
There were six speakers to present this year's subject (note: click on the names to view the outline of the
- Dr. Frances Gulland and Dr. Marty
Haulena, both from the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Center in
Sausalito, California covered the medical problems mainly observed in stranded
and in-need-of-rehabilitation animals. Their experience in those animals has
been very helfpul in developping better medicine for animals kept under
- Dr. Bert van der Pol, ophtalmologist and
consulting for many years in Pieterburen, the Netherlands, gave a specific
lecture on eye problems and eye surgery in pinnipeds.
- Dr. Peter Kertesz, UK, dentist with over
17 years of experience with exotic species, covered in his lecture the
principles of veterinary dentistry, pinnipeds dental problems and appropriate
- Dr. Géraldine Lacave,from Belgium,
consultant in marine mammals, with a special interest in the voluntary
participation of the animals for the day to day routine control but also in
more delicate procedures, talked about preventive medicine programs, common
conditions and treatment of working pinnipeds under human care and covered the
part on medical training.
- Dr. Ian Robbinson, from the Norfolk Wildlife Hospital in the United
Kingdom, talked on the progress of the PDV epizootic on the East Coast of
England, and the clinical and pathological signs in seals admitted to the RSPCA
Norfolk Wildlife Hospital. He also reviewed the trial of a canine distemper
Click here to review the whole program.
For more information, contact the workshop manager.
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