Avian and Exotic Medicine Club

Wet Labs

Upcoming Wetlabs:

Chinchilla Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Adobe Animal Hospital
4470 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022
What is Chinchilla Day? It’s an amazing event hosted once per year by Adobe Animal Hospital where they donate free/discounted veterinary services to Chinchilla rescue organizations and community members with small mammals. Each year they invite us to come help out and learn all about medical care for these ridiculously cute fluffy animals! This includes physical exams, fecal flotations, basic dental work, and much more! The best part - no prior experience is required! Dr. Johnson, the exotics veterinarian in charge of Chinchilla Day, will give volunteers a brief orientation the morning of the event to teach us the basics, and then you will spend the rest of the day as the primary student on each case, so you will get lots of hands on experience - from history taking to diagnosis to treatment! As the name suggests, most of the patients will be Chinchillas, however there are usually a few bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, and hedgehogs as well. Also as an added bonus, the Chinchilla rescue kindly provides lunch and snacks for us throughout the day so you will get free food!

This is a great way to practice your exotic small mammal clinical skills, so save the date and sign up below if you are interested! The deadline to sign up is Sunday, April 15th. The clinic can host a max of 18 vet students, and if there is overwhelming interest, students will be chosen based on the timeliness of their sign-up. Since the hospital is a 2 hour drive from the vet school, carpooling is encouraged and can be arranged once it gets closer.

Past Wetlabs:

WEAS Small Mammal Spay and Neuter Wet-lab (Feb 23, 2018)

Under the guidance of Dr. Guzman, 30 students were able to learn how to spay and neuter rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs!

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Chinchilla Day (Feb. 2017)

Under the guidance of Dr. Johnson at Adobe Animal Hospital, AEMC and Vet Aide Club members returned to volunteer at Chinchilla Health Day and support California Chinchilla Rescue. Students provided physical exams, fecals, and minor dental procedures for chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, and even a hedgehog!

Fish Physical Exam Wetlab (Apr. 26, 2016)

10 students were able to join Dr Esteban Soto at The Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) laboratory to learn unique skills such as fish anesthesia, sample collection in live animals, fish euthanasia, and fish necropsy.

Chinchilla Day (Feb. 2016)

What better way to celebrate President's Day than spending the day with chinchillas! AEMC and Vet Aide Club members traveled to Adobe Animal Hospital to volunteer at Chinchilla Health Day and support California Chinchilla Rescue. Students worked with Dr. Johnson to provide physical exams, fecals, and minor dental procedures for chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and other small exotic mammals.


Raptor Handling Sessions at the California Raptor Center (Jan - Mar 2016)

Students can sign up for 2-3 sessions each semester to learn about and practice topics such as basic handling, physical exams, bandaging or blood collection.

Chicken Necropsy Wetlab (Nov. 10th, 2015)

Participants learned about poultry anatomy and pathology from Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo in this joint wetlab with the Pathology Club.

Mickaboo Bird Grooming (Oct. 4th, 2015)

AEMC members assisted in nail and feathering trimming birds with Dr. Kureshi at Mickaboo Bird Rescue.

Parrot Training and Handling Lab (Feb 21st, 2015)

Members of AEMC and the Behavior Medicine Club worked with Dr. Irene Pepperberg from Harvard University and Dr. Jan Hooimeijer from the Netherlands to learn methods for model/rival parrot training and techniques for low-stress parrot handling in exam rooms. Students were able to bring in and work with their own birds for a fun night full of parrots!

Joint AEMC/Pathology Club Necropsy (Jan 17th, 2015)

Members of AEMC and Path Club learned about avian antomy from Dr. Duerr of the International Rescue Center. After the lecture, students worked together to perform a necropsy on a pelican and other avian species!

Chinchilla Day (Feb. 2013)

Chinchilla Rescues, Adobe Animal Hospital, and UC Davis AEMC members and pre-vet students come together for Chinchilla Health Day. Under the direction of Dr. Johnson, vet students performed physical exams on privately owned and rescue chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other small rodents with the help of pre-vet students. It is a great experience for our club members and many come back year after year!

Bird Behavior, Handling, and Restraint with Dr. Speer (Feb. 16, 2013)

AEMC members enjoyed a lectures about bird behavior, handling, and restraint techniques from Dr. Brian Speer. Members then applied what they learned to our assortment of bird volunteers. Both the birds and the students had a great time!

Reptile Necropsy Lab with Pathology Club and WAAM (Jan. 2013)

We learned more about reptile anatomy through iguana necropsies.

Mickaboo Bird Grooming (Apr. 2012)

Photography courtesy of Megan Wolfe. AEMC members assisted in nail and feathering trimming birds for Mickaboo Bird Rescue.

Chinchilla Day (2012)

AEMC members with the help of the UC Davis Vet Aide Club volunteered on President's Day with California Chinchilla Rescue and Adobe Animal Hospital's Dr. Johnson to give health checks over 200 small mammal pets.  Our patients included chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, ferrets and rabbits.  Fostered/rescued animals and privately owned animals were given physical exams and minor procedures were performed by Dr. Johnson.  Everyone enjoyed the day and learning about these nifty pets!

Mickaboo Bird Grooming Day (Sept. 2011)

AEMC members assisted Dr. Chris Sanders and Dr. Alex Moore with grooming birds for Mickaboo Bird Rescue (all proceeds to Mickaboo).  Students practiced holding birds for grooming, nail trims and wing trims.

Turtle Necropsy Lab (2011)

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Chinchilla Day (2011)

Fish Necropsy Wetlab (Fall 2010)

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Wing Wrap Wetlab (January 2009)

Led by Dr. Duerr at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fairfield, CA

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Snake Wetlab

Dentistry Wetlab