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Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

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.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are 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.

'Absolutely brilliant course by an extremely knowledgeable tutor in Bob Doneley….'

Dr James Routledge, Family & Friends Private Vetcare, Banora Point NSW.

'This was a fantastic course, the materials provided and the interaction with the tutor was excellent. The surprising bonus was the forums, there were so many gems of wisdom in these exchanges - thank you. These are the best way to balance a busy life with excellent continuing education.'

Lisa Wade

Learning Objectives

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.  An introduction to pet chicken medicine

  • Introduction to pet poultry
  • Physical examination, diagnostic testing and diagnostic imaging
  • The use of drugs in backyard poultry

2.  Infectious diseases

  • Parasites
  • Respiratory infections
  • Common viral infections and fungal infections
  • Exotic diseases

3.  Common non-infectious diseases

  • Reproductive disease
  • Dog attacks
  • Pododermatitis

4.  Anaesthesia and surgery

  • Analgesia and anaesthesia
  • Surgery

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. 


Tuesday 14 April - Monday 11 May 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 to register.