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Avian Surgery TimeOnline

Avian Surgery

Surgery in birds is not simple, the outcome can be less than desired, but it can be done and it can be done well!

Surgical intervention is frequently required for avian patients but is something that many veterinarians shy away from, citing the small size of the patient and probability of a poor outcome as their reason for not offering this service to their clients. Surgery in birds is not simple, the outcome can be less than desired, but it can be done and it can be done well!

This course aims to teach practitioners the indications for surgery and give them the information needed to better prepare for, plan and perform a surgical procedure. Common approaches and techniques for both soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures are described. Post-operative care is discussed to ensure that the best possible outcomes are achieved.

‘Excellent course with a very practical tutor, thank you’

Dr Katie Powell, 2019.

'The Avian Surgery Time on Line was full of practical information and tips. The notes serve as a great reference I can use when planning my next surgery. Dr. Bob understands what knowledge vets require when it comes to dealing with an avian case load in a general practice setting’.

Dr. Nadine Miller BVSc MANZCVSc (sml animal med), 2019

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand surgical principles and avian physiology as they relate to the avian surgery
  • Prepare a patient for surgery
  • Perform basic soft tissue procedures with confidence
  • Perform orthopaedic procedures with confidence


  1. Principles of Surgery
  2. Soft Tissue Surgery
  3. Orthopaedics
  4. Miscellaneous Surgeries

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and affordable short online CPD

TimeOnline is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts, in short, manageable timeframes. You will be engaging with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum and other online resources including a set of concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and complete your CPD requirements. All participants receive an electronic certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

Complete at your own pace over 4 weeks to earn 10-20 CPD points (depending on the course).


Monday 22 June - Sunday 19 July 2020
Delivered Online


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 Queensland and the UK, Bob opened his own practice in 1988. He obtained his Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 1991 and his Fellowship in 2003. He sold his practice in 2010 to lead the newly relocated UQ Veterinary Medical Centre small animal hospital in Gatton. He is now Head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service.

Bob is the author of Avian Medicine and Surgery in Practice, as well as numerous papers and book chapters on avian and exotic pet medicine. He is in demand as a speaker at veterinary conferences, having been the invited speaker at conferences around Australia and in the US, Spain and Singapore. In 2018 he was named the TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year by the Association of Avian Veterinarians. 

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au to register.