Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service

6020 Rutland Dr #14
Carmichael, CA 95608



October 14, 2015

Dr. Drury Reavill receives "Speaker of the Year"

Dr. Reavill was pleased to be presented with the "Speaker of the Year" at the recent Association of Avian Vetrinarians (AAV) 2014 Conference. 

AAV Conference "Speaker of the Year"

August 18, 2015

2nd Edition of Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds

Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service (ZEPS) is proud to announce the 2nd edition of "Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds" by Dr. Robert Schmidt, Dr. Drury Reavill, and Dr. David Phalen.

This edition is available in hardcover and e-book Kindle versions. The links below connects to Wiley.com and Amazon.com where the book is available for purchase.

Other available vendors will be announced as they become available. 

Book available from Wiley

Book available from Amazon

March 10, 2015

VIN CE Course EXOT319-0315: Pet Bird Medicine

The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.


Drury Reavill, DVM, ABVP, certified in Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice, ACVP
Rose Ann Fiskett, VMD, ABVP, certified in Avian and Exotic Mammal Practice

Course Open: March 15-April 8, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, March 22 and 29; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter


Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary students, and new grads interested in reviewing pet bird husbandry, diagnostics, diseases and therapy.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians (VIN members only) and veterinary students. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This is a basic presentation of how to approach birds in practice. It includes:

  • A review of the common disease conditions by pet bird species (psittacines and select finches).
  • The common clinical signs for many diseases will be listed.
  • Diagnostic tests commonly used will be described.

This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

  • generate lists of disease differentials when they are presented with an ill bird for examination.
  • determine appropriate diagnostic testing and be able to interpret the results.
  • list some of the common pathogens found in popular avian species.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Drury Reavill is a VIN consultant (Aquatic Animal Medicine Folder) and has over 25 years of experience in avian and exotic clinical practice, laboratory diagnostics and pathology.
She graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and practiced at the Avian Medical Center of Sacramento, as well as provided clinical consultation and laboratory services to practitioners through California Avian Laboratory (a national service exclusively devoted to avian and exotic animals) and California Veterinary Diagnostic Labs of West Sacramento.
She completed her residency in anatomic pathology (including instruction in zoo pathology and course work at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) and gained board certification from American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) in 2000. Drury is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, obtaining Avian Practice Certification in 1993 (recertified 2003 and 2013) and Reptile and Amphibian Certification in 2013.

Dr. Rose Fiskett is a premier avian clinician who has over 25 years of experience in avian and exotic clinical practice, including 10 years as a telephone consultant for exotics with a major reference laboaratory, managing health programs in multiple pet stores, and teaching avian, exotic, lab animal and zoo medicine to veterinary technician students.
Dr. Fiskett graduated from the University of Pennsylvania - School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, worked as an associate and relief veterinarian, lab animal veterinarian and owned her companion animal (birds, exotics, dog, cats, reptiles and wildlife) practice for 18 years. In addition, she has worked in regulatory medicine and as Program Director for Veterinary Technology. She was initially board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Medicine in 1994, recertified in 2004 and 2014 (pending). In addition, she certified in Exotic Companion Mammals in 2009.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 22, 2015): Small Pet Birds
Content: The presentation purpose is to review the common disease conditions by pet bird species (small psittacines and select finches). The clinical signs, select diagnostics, and differential diagnosis will be covered.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 29, 2015): Large Pet Birds
Content: The presentation purpose is to review the common disease conditions by pet bird species specifically the large psittacines. The clinical signs, select diagnostics, and differential diagnosis will be covered.

CE Credits: 4

Tuition: VIN Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by March 1, 2015)
FREE for veterinary students and veterinarians who graduated in 2012 or later.

*Note: The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 20, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
Awesome free courses like this fill up quickly, so enroll now!

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN@vin.com. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

*Note: "This course is approved for 4 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com

800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: (014522) 26154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 011 +61 26 145-2357

December 29, 2014

Here is a picture of the outside of the new laboratory building! 

The New Laboratory

ADDRESS: Is 6020 Rutland Drive, #14, Carmichael, CA, 95608

November 5, 2014

Dr. Drury Reavill, DVM, DABVP (avian, reptile & amphibian), DACVP was honored with the President’s Award at the recent Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) Annual Conference 2014.
This award is presented for excellence in support of the AEMV mission and in recognition of Dr. Reavill’s vital commitment to the work and service for the organization. Dr. Reavill has served as the Research Chair for the organization since 2010.  She is also member-at-large and monitors the Facebook members-only page for AEMV.
Dr. Reavill can be reached at the Zoo Exotic Pathology Services (ZEPS) laboratory or through the website at http://www.zooexotic.com.
Additional information on the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) is available at: http://www.aemv.org/index.cfm 

e-BOOK - Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds
Robert E. Schmidt, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP; Drury R. Reavill, DVM, Dipl ABVP-Avian, Dipl ACVP; and David N. Phalen, DVM, PhD, Dipl ABVP-Avian

ISBN: 978-0-470-37662-1; 234 pages, February 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

"Although the text is specifically written for veterinary pathologists, the information contained in the text would compliment any avian veterinary practitioner’s library" Wm. Suedmeyer DVM, DACZM; The Kansas City Zoo, MO. Book Reviews. JZWM 2003, 34(4): 422.

"This book provides insight into the pathogenesis of avian diseases, thereby assisting in the understanding of the clinical manifestations of those diseases and improving the skills of the diagnostician and treating practitioner." Madeline Rae, DVM, MS, Dipl ABVP-Avian; Salem, OR. For Your Bookshelf. Exotic DVM 6[5]:46 Nov'04

"…the authors, who are experts in avian pathology and medicine, have apparently drawn on their combined 70+ years of experience in the field to highlight the common avian diseases."  Dr. B. L. Homer; Pfizer Global Research & Development, St. Louis, MO. Book Reviews. Vet. Path. 2004, 41:535.

"The book contains a plethora of gross and microscopic images of common diseases of birds." Howard Steinberg, VMD, PhD, DACVP. Book Reviews: For your Library. JAVMA. 2003, 223(6): 801.

CD - A Practitioner's Guide to Avian Necropsy CD-ROM
Robert E. Schmidt, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP and Drury R. Reavill, DVM, Dipl ABVP-Avian, Dipl ACVP

Zoological Education Network; 800 946 4782;

"This CD-ROM would be an extremely valuable reference for veterinary practitioners, both neophytes to avian medicine and to experienced avian practitioners. … at $49, this CD-ROM is a steal. No veterinary practice or veterinary school should be without this one!"
Madeline Rae, DVM, MS, Dipl ABVP-Avian; Salem, OR. For Your Bookshelf. Exotic DVM 6[5]:45 Nov'04.

"More than 350 color images, mostly gross necropsy photographs, are linked to the text by a hot key. ….This guide is easy to use and attractively formatted."  Keven Flammer, DVM, DABVP. Book Reviews: For Your Library. JAVMA.  2004, 225(12): 1850.