Avian & Exotics

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(EX7) Lead Toxicosis in Avian Patients

Tuesday, March 6
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
MBCC, Palm D, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Lead toxicosis is commonly reported in captive and free-ranging avian patients. Most often toxicosis occurs from ingestion of lead from household items or ingestion from spent lead in the environment. Ingested lead exerts an effect on many systems within the body leading to a variety of clinical signs. This lecture will review clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment of lead toxicosis in birds.

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Michael Jones

University of Tennesse College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Michael Jones is a Professor of Avian and Zoological Medicine and Director of Student Services, Diversity, and Recruitment at the University of Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in May 1992. Following graduation he participated in a one-year Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. On completion of the internship he accepted a three-year residency position in Avian and Zoological Medicine also at the University of Tennessee from 1993-1996. Dr. Jones then joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in July 1996 as an Assistant Professor. In 1997 Dr. Jones became board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Medicine and Surgery. Currently, Dr. Jones' primary responsibilities are clinical instruction of senior veterinary students and Avian and Zoological Medicine residents, research, and teaching. Dr. Jones is the primary veterinarian for the American Eagle Foundation and also periodically assists with the efforts of the Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Service. He has served as an Avian/Exotics consultant for Antech Diagnostics since 1998. His clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of birds of prey, avian infectious diseases, and avian emergency and critical care. He is a Master Falconer with more than 28 years of experience training various species of birds of prey. Dr. Jones is married to Konda Jones and has three children, Michael, Deven, and Kristina.


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