Practical Approach to Avian Medicine Workshop


This workshop will teach and develop key clinical and diagnostic skills needed to care for avian species in a rescue, rehabilitation or zoo environment. Procedures covered include blood collection and analysis, imaging techniques, intravenous catheterisation, injection techniques, anaesthesia, fluid therapy, support feeding, and bandaging. The morning theory sessions will provide an accessible introduction to these skills, while the afternoon practicals enable participants to get hands-on, with guidance available as needed from an experienced wildlife veterinarian and nurse. 


This workshop is suitable both for avian ‘beginners’ and for vets with some experience of avian work looking to develop their skills.

Rough agenda

Full day course

  • Theory session in the morning
  • Practical session in the afternoon

Alex Grioni, DMV, MVS (Conservation), MRCVS

Fauna Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Hong Kong

Alex is an Italian veterinarian graduated in Milan, Italy. He worked fora few years in small animal practice and moving to exotic and wildlife medicine in 2000. He has more than twenty years of veterinary experience, and he has been working for thirteen years at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Wildlife Rescue Centre.Throughout his career, he had the privilege to work with many different animal species and collaborate with multiple organizations on various projects. In 2012 he gained a Master of Science in Conservation Medicine from Murdoch University, which was a great motivation in carrying out wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work.

Serena Chung, BSc(Hons) Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Nurse

Fauna Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Hong Kong

Serena studied BSc(Hons) Veterinary Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and graduated in 2014. She has been working at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden Wildlife Rescue Centre for almost five years. The Rescue Centre deal with both native and exotic animals, which included avian, reptilian, amphibian and mammalian. As a sole veterinary nurse,she needs to assist the veterinarian to carry out procedures like radiography,endoscopy, surgery, post-mortem and in-house laboratory work.