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Backyard Chickens TimeOnline

Backyard Chickens TimeOnline

This course introduces backyard poultry to the clinician to allow comprehensive and effective workup and care for these patients.

Keeping a few chickens in the backyard has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the last decade, with the backyard chicken becoming one of the most common birds presenting for veterinary care.

This course aims to give you more confidence in approaching your backyard poultry cases by firstly providing an introduction to pet chicken medicine and then discussing common infectious and non-infectious diseases, anaesthesia and surgery.

Past Participant:

This was a fantastic course, the materials provided and the interaction with the tutor was excellent. The surprising bonus was the discussion forum. TimeOnlines are the best way to balance a busy life with excellent continuing education
Lisa Wade

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to apply the principles of SOAP to a pet chicken
  • Understand the use (& restrictions) of common medications
  • Understand common diseases of backyard poultry
  • Understand how avian anatomy and physiology affects the use of anaesthesia in chickens
  • Be familiar with common surgical problems in chickens


  1. Introduction to backyard poultry – breeds, husbandry & nutrition
  2. Clinical Approach to the Chicken – the physical exam, diagnostics, the use of medications, euthanasia, necropsy
  3. Common infectious diseases – respiratory infections, viral and fungal diseases, parasitism
  4. Common non-infectious diseases – reproductive disease, pododermatitis, wounds, etc.
  5. Anaesthesia & surgery – common surgical procedures

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline is quality online education delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable timeframes.

Build in-demand skills in key clinical areas. Engage with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum. The programs are further enhanced by concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and round out the program. Earn 10 CPD point with completion of each TimeOnline course.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Student members are also welcome to enrol.

Veterinary nurses/technicians with a special interest in the topic are also welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $486
Recent Graduate / Part-time Professional Member  $303
Nurse Member $303
Student Member $152
eMember / Non-Member $607

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Monday, 23 August 2021 to
Sunday, 26 September 2021
10 CPD Point/s
Delivered Online

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Dr Robert J. Doneley
Bob Doneley
BVSc FANZCVS (Avian Medicine) CMAVA
Dr Robert J. Doneley
Bob Doneley
BVSc FANZCVS (Avian Medicine) CMAVA
Bob Doneley is an Associate Professor in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine at the University of Queensland. After graduating from UQ in 1982 and working as an associate in practices in...


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