Avian Orthopaedics and Beak Repair Workshop | Centre for Veterinary Education

Avian Orthopaedics and Beak Repair Workshop

Avian Orthopaedics and Beak Repair Workshop

Don’t panic when you are faced with an injured bird! Equip yourself to treat it.

The purpose of this workshop is to teach you how to diagnose the nature of traumatic or developmental limb and beak problems, determine an appropriate prognosis and finally, how to fix the wings, legs and beaks of the most diverse avian patients.

Birds are frequently brought to the vet for traumas and fractures which are common sequelae of accidents. On the other hand, beak injuries are also common, especially when birds are kept in pairs, in flocks or free flying in a home. Young, hand-reared birds may be presented with misshapen beaks or limbs. Most of these issues can be addressed, but there are varied techniques depending on the presentation and species. 

Topics on the program will include-

  • Minimum anatomy and physiology, pre-anaesthesia & analgesia, inhalation aneasthesia, monitoring a bird
  • Typical avian fractures, basic techniques, tools and materials


Finally, the day will conclude with a three-hour wet lab which will cover-

  • Bandages and casting
  • External and internal fixation of long bones
  • The humerus: a special bone.
  • Broken, curved and wounded beaks.  

What to bring

Please bring scrubs or suitable protective clothing and footwear for the workshop.

Please also bring the equipment listed below so that you get the most benefit from the day and have the right equipment for the procedures in the future. 

Contact the CVE no less than two weeks prior to the event should you have any concerns about your ability to bring the listed items.

Failure to bring these instruments may impede your ability to participate in the practical sessions.

    • 1 Adson forceps
    • 1 Adson-Brown forceps
    • 2 small curved mosquito forceps
    • 2 small straight mosquito forceps
    • 1 small sharp scissors
    • 1 small blunt scissors
    • 1 scalpel handle size 3
    • Scrubs


Sunday 20 October 2019
8.30 - 5.00
Early Bird
8 September 2019
Centre for Veterinary Education
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW


med vet, PhD, Dipl. ECZM. European Specialist in Zoological Medicine. Ass. Professor in Avian & Zoological Medicine, University of Sydney Director, Avian, Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital

Lorenzo Crosta graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1989, and received his PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, from the University of Turin in 2009. After graduating Lorenzo immediately started working with birds and traveled abroad to increase his skills and knowledge in avian medicine, and was the first Italian member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

After working as a practitioner for 10 year, at the beginning of 2000 he took the position of Veterinary Director at the Loro Parque, in Tenerife (Spain), the most diverse Parrot collection in the world, where he worked until mid-2005. Since then he has been working back in Italy, where he has been working as an avian practitioner and as a consulting veterinarian for various zoos and bird collections in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Mexico.Since 2013 he is Accredited by the FNOVI (Italian Federation of Veterinary Colleges), in Avian and Zoological Medicine and Surgery and Zoo Health Management. In 2015, he successfully sat the exam for the ESVPS General Practitioner Certification in Exotic Animal Practice and since 2010 he is lecturer at the University of Milan, on selected topics on Management and Welfare of Birds.

In 2016 he was recognized “de facto” as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, and therefore is a European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management subspecialty). Lorenzo has been a panel member of the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), and has been twice Chairman of the European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarian and the President of the Italian Society of Exotic Animal Veterinarians (SIVAE) and is still cooperating with national and international journals and has published several papers and book chapters. Lorenzo’s main interests are related to bird conservation (he has been the official veterinarian of the Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws recovery programs), bird breeding and diseases related to avian fertility.

BSc (Hons) Biol., BVM&S MRCVS

Originally from Mauritius, Dr Shivananden Sawmy has worked as a field biologist with some of the island's critically endangered wildlife, such as the Pink Pigeon and Echo Parakeet for several years prior to graduating from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, UK in 2010. He enjoys treating all pet species ranging from dogs and cats, rabbits, reptiles, raptors to fish. Having a passion for exotic animals and wildlife work, he completed a year-long internship in Avian/Exotics Animal Surgery and Medicine under the mentorship of Neil Forbes, FRCVS, at Great Western Exotics in 2013.

He has worked in exotics and small animal practices across the UK until the opportunity to move back to Scotland presented itself. Furthermore, he have also worked with a neuter clinic, primates and endangered reptile and bird species back his native Mauritius.

He is currently enrolled on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Certificate AVP in Zoological Medicine course and has recently collaborated on a chapter in a soon to be published textbook on Reptile Medicine and Surgery (Editor: Brendan Carmel). He looks forward to providing gold standard treatment to all things scaly, feathery and furry.

med vet, GP-Cert Exotic Animal Practice, ECZM Resident (Avian)

Petra Schnitzer graduated at the University of Vienna, with a thesis on the Evaluation of the physiological bacterial flora in Hermann´s tortoise.

After having received training in birds and exotics at the University of Vienna, she underwent an externship in northern Italy (Clinica Veterinaria Valcurone), and in Brazil (Parque das Aves).

After her training, Petra has been staff veterinarian at the Loro Parque (Tenerife, Spain) the largest parrot collection in the world and then headed back to Northern Italy, where she almost exclusively worked with exotic animals in Italy, Spain and Austria.

Petra completed her residency for the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian Specialty) and will soon sit the ECZM test.

Further, she is currently teaching for the General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animals for IMPROVE international in Spain and Chile and lecturing at post-graduate courses in Italy.

Her main interests are avian cardiology, ultrasound in exotic species and avian anesthesia.

BScAgr(Hons) BVSc MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)

AREPH's Senior Veterinarian, Dr Bree Talbot graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (majoring in animal genetics) and then in 2010 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Since graduating Bree has worked in a variety of veterinary disciplines to widen her medical and practical knowledge. In 2015 Bree achieved membership into the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the medicine and surgery of unusual pets. Bree has also undertaken numerous continuing education courses in exotic pet medicine to ensure her patients receive the most up to date treatment. In addition to exotic pet medicine, Bree has a keen interest in wildlife medicine having worked for a charity based wildlife clinic for several years before joining the AREPH team in 2014.

Bree currently shares her home with four cheeky rabbits (Lord Humphrey, Sir Fredrick, Lady Oomph and Princess Stephanie), one very cute old dog 'Miss Grace' and is lucky enough to have a horse called 'Toby'.

Course Fees

Member typeEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMemberN/A$1608
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members