Scientific Program Is Here

We are beyond excited for this year's program and hope you find it equally exciting! We can't wait to so all of you in New Orleans for leading, cutting-edge continuing education.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) invite you to become an exhibitor and/or sponsor of The Joint Conference! This exotics only educational event attracts hundreds of veterinary professionals for quality learning, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities and much more! 

Registration Rates

Registration Type

Early Rate*

Regular Rate

DVM Member



DVM Non Member



Technician Member



Technician Non Member



Intern & ABVS Recognized Resident Member



Intern & ABVS Recognized Resident Non Member



Student Member



Student Non Member



One-Day (All Types)



Registration provides access to the following unless indicated below.

  • All scheduled sessions not requiring an additional fee
  • Online proceedings via the Veterinary Information Network (VIN)
  • Sunday Welcome Reception - - not included for One-Day Registrants who do not select Sunday
  • Monday Business Luncheon - - not included for Student Registrants or One-Day Registrants who do not choose Monday
  • Thursday Finale Party at the Audubon Aquarium - - not included for One-Day Registrants who do not choose Thursday

*Register by June 2, 2024, at 11:59 PM Central Time to receive the Early Rate.

Other Ticket Prices



Guest Badge
Provides access to the Exhibit Hall and Sunday Welcome Reception only


Student Monday Business Lunch Ticket


Student Monday Business Lunch Ticket Donation


Audubon Aquarium Daytime Outing
The Audubon Aquarium Outing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 and begins at Noon local time. Please purchase tickets for you and any guest(s) expected to attend. This is not included in the cost of a guest pass. This ticket provides access to the Audubon Aquarium only. No lunch will be provided with this ticket. No transportation will be provided with this ticket.


Hands-On Workshops


Ear Surgery in Rabbits and Rodents, 
Charly Pignon
Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Cost: $650 USD
Open to: Veterinarians

Ear diseases are a common presentation in rabbits and rodents. Unfortunately, most of the time medical treatment is unrewarding. Depending on the location of the disease, the surgical technique could be challenging. After a theoretical presentation of 1 hour, participants will practice and learn for 3 hours how to perform otectomy, ear hematoma surgery, partial ear canal ablation, bulla osteotomy, myringotomy on rabbits, guinea pigs and rats. These techniques will be performed by the participants under the direct supervision of the lab instructors.

How to Intubate Almost Any Exotic Companion Mammal,
Salina Locke & Alissa Tepedino
Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $475 USD
Open to: Veterinarians, technicians, & veterinary (DVM) students

Endotracheal intubation provides airway control and improves patient safety. However, small exotic mammals – especially rabbits and rodents – can seem nearly impossible to intubate. Lab participants will learn how to overcome these obstacles to intubation. Didactic lecture will be followed by on-screen demonstration of rabbit/rodent glottal anatomy and various blind and visual intubation techniques including blind intubation with and without a tracheal guide (catheter or wire), direct visual intubation using laryngoscope or otoscope, side-by-side intubation with the aid of an endoscope, and over-the-endoscope intubation. Participants will then practice these on rabbit cadavers and a variety of other small exotic mammal cadavers.

Hepatic & Intestinal Surgery in Rabbits, Nicola Di Girolamo

Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $600 USD
Open to: Veterinarians

The present workshop will review current techniques for hepatic and intestinal surgery in rabbits, including novel approaches such as the paracostal approach. A 1-hour lecture will be followed by 3-hours of practice.


Exotic Animal Hematology, Ian Kanda & Susan Fielder
Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM &1:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $375 USD
Open to: Veterinarians, technicians, & veterinary (DVM) students

The goal of this workshop is to offer hands-on experience and guidance for participants to learn how to approach hematology in both common exotic species, and species they may have never seen before. With a combination of lecture and wet lab time, this workshop will cover common venipuncture sites, laboratory techniques, multiple white blood cell count methodologies, cell differentials, and how to get the most out of the smallest blood sample.


Prefemoral Reproductive Surgery in Female Aquatic Chelonians, Nicola Di Girolamo

Sunday, August 25: 1:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $600 USD
Open to: Veterinarians & veterinary (DVM) students

The present workshop will teach how to perform basic to advanced reproductive surgeries in female aquatic chelonians from the prefemoral fossa, including: ovariectomy; ovariosalpingectomy; cystotomy for ectopic egg removal. A 1-hr lecture will introduce the topic, followed by 3-hr wetlab.

Invertebrate Medicine, Greg Lewbart & Dan Dombroski
Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $550 USD
Open to: Veterinarians, technicians, & veterinary (DVM) students

Reptile & Amphibian Ultrasonography, Sean Perry & Kelsey Brust

Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $600 USD
Open to: Veterinarians & veterinary (DVM) students

The objective of this laboratory is to increase the clinician’s ability to perform CFAS (Coelomic Focused Assessment Sonography) and comprehensive ultrasound evaluations of the major organ systems in our reptile and amphibian patients, including Amphibians, Squamates and Chelonians. This laboratory will provide introductory information to the clinician about ultrasound physics, ultrasound machine types, knobology, probe selection, clinical ultrasound application, and a review of the most current literature. The majority of the laboratory time will be spent performing comprehensive ultrasound examinations on, amphibians, squamates and chelonians. Our goal is to have every clinician become comfortable, yielding the force of ultrasound, to perform a comprehensive ultrasound examination in amphibian and reptile patients.

Basic Reptile Handling & Clinical Techniques, Byron de la Navarre
Sunday, August 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $375 USD
Open to: Veterinarians, technicians, & veterinary (DVM) students

This lab is intended to serve as an introduction to practical techniques used for handling, restraint, physical examinations, sexing, and obtaining common laboratory samples in reptile patients. We recognize that there may be additional alternative techniques for some of those used in this lab. It is hoped that by completing this lab you will feel more comfortable and competent in using these techniques to successfully incorporate reptile patients into your own practice. Time and ability allowing we will also teach more advanced techniques.

Advanced Clinical Techniques (Emergency & General Practice), Meera Music & Anneliese Strunk
Sunday, August 25: 1:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $475 USD
Open to: Veterinarians

This wetlab is designed with the reptile clinician in mind. Lab participants will learn a variety of practical and surgical skills, ranging from routine to emergency practices. Skills include, but are not limited to, tail amputation, cloacal prolapse fixation, skin biopsy, tracheal wash, enema, follicle check, positioning for radiographs, stimulating defecation in lizards, addressing aural abscesses in chelonia, spectaculotomy in snakes, fluid administration, intubation, toe amputation, probing snakes, and IO catheter placement. Skills to be learned and practiced will be based on cadaver availability, and the lab will end with a detailed necropsy and celiotomy (spay/biopsy procedures can be attempted based on availability).


Bourbon Street Sponsors


American College of Zoological Medicine

Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, Colorado Exotic Animal Hospital, Avian & Exotic Veterinary Care

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

Association of Reptile & Amphibian Veterinarians

Avian & Exotic Animal Clin Path Lab

Avian & Wildlife Laboratory

Chewy Health, Inc.

CP Medical

Edge Life Technologies, LLC

Epica Animal Health

Exotic Nutrition

Fidelis Animal Health

Infectious Diseases Lab, University of Georgia

Jorgensen Laboratories

Kerrier, LLC




MedTech International Group

MiDOG Animal Diagnostics


RICA Surgical Products, Inc.

Rose Micro Solutions

Schultz Technologies


Supreme Petfoods

UF VMC Zoo Med Diagnostic Lab

Universal Surgical Instruments

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Vet Books Now

VetOvation, Inc.


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