Colin McDermott, VMD, CertAqV

Exotic and Aquatics Veterinarian, Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Colin McDermott, VMD earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduation, he remained at Penn where he completed two years of specialty internship in Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Service. From there, he took a position as the Helen Swearer fellow in Aquatic Science and Veterinary Medicine at the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. He currently works at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, a 24 hour emergency center in Mount Laurel, NJ where his practice is limited to exotic and aquatic patients. His professional interests include exotic veterinary medicine for small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, with a special interest in reptile/amphibian and aquatic animal medicine.

Preparing Your Practice for Exotics: Are You Ready?
Caring for exotics patients presents unique challenges in a private practice setting. This lecture will review the equipment, staffing needs, and basic requirements for seeing exotics in practice with a focus on continuing education opportunities.

Gastrointestinal Stasis: Review and Current Therapies
Gastrointestinal (GI) stasis is one of the most common ailments of small mammal pets and often occurs secondary to or in conjunction with other primary disease processes. Left untreated, this condition can be deadly. This lecture will review the anatomy, physiology, and current therapies for GI stasis in rabbits and rodents.

Amphibian Medicine and Therapeutics
Amphibians are commonly kept pet species, although our current understanding of their medicine and surgery lags behind other species. Recent research has improved our ability to treat disease conditions in these species. This lecture will review our current understanding of amphibian medicine and therapeutics.

Backyard Poultry and Waterfowl: The Basics
Backyard chickens and waterfowl are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, especially in suburban and urban areas. These traditional production animals are starting to be viewed more as companion animals, and are more commonly brought to the veterinarian for examination and treatment. This lecture will provide the basics of anatomy, physiology, common presentations and medical management for these unique species.

Reptile Husbandry for the Practitioner
Proper reptile husbandry is a complex and often difficult topic. Compared to other exotic species, reptiles have unique and specific husbandry requirements that can vary widely from species to species. What may seem to be small errors in temperature or lighting may have serious health effects on individuals. Although it may seem impossible to determine the exact husbandry for each individual species, there are some basic needs that need to be met (heat support, lighting, enclosure size, etc). This lecture will focus on the basics of proper husbandry evaluation for all species.

Humane Euthanasia for Exotic Species
AVMA guidelines require veterinarians to “use humane techniques to induce the most rapid and painless distress-free death possible” when humanely euthanizing any animal. The anatomy and physiology of exotic species provide unique challenges for euthanasia, especially when talking with owners. This talk will review current accepted euthanasia protocols and messaging with exotic owners about the quality of life decisions.