Reptile Medicine & Surgery for Veterinarians

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September 6th - October 4th, 2023

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Online Wednesday nights 7:30pm AEST

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CPD value: 10 points

Certificate on completion
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For registered veterinarians only.

A sick reptile is a veterinary challenge. Are you up to date?

Join this flexible online course to navigate the common clinical conditions of snakes, turtles, and lizards, and you’ll see how reptilian physiology can work in your favour.

Your host Dr Josh Llinas will take you on an inspirational journey to learn and share clinical case management for reptiles in veterinary practice.

Access to course materials opens August 23rd, 2023 and expires January 4th, 2024.

Online CPD in exotics & unusual pets

  • Build on what you already know
  • Approach reptilian patients with an open mind
  • Apply the evidence to the case in front of you
  • Make the most of what’s available in your clinic
  • Choose the equipment you need to do a great job

Refresh the basics, then go beyond

This online course is what you need if you’re a small, mixed or exotic animal veterinarian and you would like to update your clinical approach to lizards, turtles and snakes. Whether you’re keen to expand your skills because you’re interested in these species, or you feel you don’t know enough to offer great care, this course will enrich your clinical toolkit in a fun, friendly and entertaining way.






Reptiles are different

Medical & surgical skills in practice
  • Intubation & ventilation are essential
  • Choosing the best surgical techniques & sutures to use
  • Understanding medication choices
  • Hospitalisation & clinical care
  • Reptile-friendly adaptations for the clinic
Reptiles are incredible!
  • Reptiles have an outstanding capacity to heal
  • Any outwardly sick reptile is a very sick reptile
  • Forget mammalian respiratory physiology
  • Get ready to think laterally & be totally fascinated

Course schedule

Module 1 – Stress in reptiles

This module provides you with a fresh look at reptilian husbandry for the long game. These topics apply equally to the advice you give your clients, and to the environment you provide in hospital. We’ll describe how the reptilian body is affected by stress and how this translates into good health or poor health. Once you understand the many impacts of stress, you can design your interventions for longevity and wellness.


Module 2 – Pain identification & management

This is where the clinical truth enters the picture. If you can’t recognise pain in your patients, you can’t treat it. By extension, you shouldn’t be performing procedures on them, either. This course is anchored in peer-reviewed information and augmented with anecdotal evidence from practice. Specifics include how the COX system works in reptiles and what the latest studies say about opioid pain relief in different species.


Module 3 – Wound management

Reptiles have a remarkable capacity to heal, even when you’re confronted with significant and challenging wounds. The clinical pearl is that you need to provide the right environment for recovery – especially for lizards and turtles. Going one step further, this module also presents novel treatments and how to manipulate physiology to optimise healing.


Module 4 – Husbandry-related conditions

This module focuses on husbandry-related conditions and reference ranges. Here, we will explore common medical conditions including nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, foreign bodies and traumatic injuries. We’ll consider which diagnostics, treatments, and stress management techniques you can employ to provide holistic care.


Module 5 – Surgeries & common procedures in lizards 

Increase your success rate by performing accurate triage and stabilisation before you attempt clinical procedures. This module is all about making sure you’re equipped before you begin. Common surgeries include hemipenectomy and full coeliotomy. Biopsies, tail and limb amputations, enucleations, lump removals and orthopaedic jaw repairs are also featured, plus a guide to suture patterns and techniques for closure.



Five Wednesday evenings & a CPD investment of just $660


Evidence & experience-based solutions for clinical practice


Take your reptile medicine & surgery to the next level

Your educator

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Dr Josh Llinas

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Qualifications: BVSc(Hons), MVS(Clinical Medicine & Surgery), BSc(Hons)

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Dr Josh moved to Australia from New York in 1999 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He completed his Veterinary Science degree with Honours at the University of Queensland, and a Masters of Clinical Medicine and Surgery through Murdoch University.

He has a keen understanding of the joys and the pitfalls of working with herps, and now works almost exclusively with these animals. He says "This is an area where we are continuously growing and improving based on the latest research, continued education and communication with experts in the field.”

Your Questions Answered

Do I need to attend specific session times?

Not at all. Of course, you can only ask questions and participate in the discussion if you attend live, but it’s not a requirement. Each live session is recorded and uploaded within 24 hours of the live timeslot. Participants have access to recording during the course and for 2 weeks afterwards.

Are there group discounts available?

Absolutely Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website. For 4+ registrations, the discount increases to 10%. This isn’t valid with any other promotion.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Under some circumstances, we can accept payment in instalments. Please email us at [email protected] for a confidential discussion.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and completed the quiz questions at the end of the course.

What kind of learning materials are included?

All live online courses include live and recorded video presentations. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources so you can expect supporting materials like images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for the duration of the course, and for two weeks after the last live session. You can access recordings, references and reading materials via your course library at any point during this period. We’ll remind you to download and review the course materials before the time is up.

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If we cancel a course, we will refund your course fees. It’s a simple as that.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

See the terms and conditions tab on our website for full details. In a nutshell, refunds are provided for cancellations made in writing up to 45 days prior to the course. Cancellations made inside 45 days incur a 30% administration fee, and cancellations made less than 7 days before a course are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Call 0409 743 100 or  0411 798 165