CPD Events

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Exotics Evening

Venue : Huthart Room II & President's Room, 3/F South Tower, YMCA, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (www.ymcahk.org.hk)

Time : Registration & Buffet Dinner: 7:00 ~ 8:00pm, Seminar: 8:00~10:30pm

Speaker : Dr Zoltan Szabo, Dr Nicola Di Girolamo, Dr Violane Colon

Early Bird Registration :
(before 11:30pm of 3 Jul 2018)
  • FREE TO ATTEND FOR FIRST 50 REGISTRANTS (For Vets only) (Fully Booked)
    • Members : $0
    • Non-Members : $0

    • Members : $480
    • Non-Members : $580

Extended Registration and On-site Registration :
    • Members : $0
    • Non-Members : $0

    • Members : $700
    • Non-Members : $700

Organizer : The Hong Kong Veterinary Association Ltd.


After first 50 registrants, online registration and payment on or before 11:30 pm of 3 July 2018
$480 (Members of HKVA and its affiliated associations)
$580 (Others)
Registration and payment after that $700

Discoveries you should know about - A review of clinically relevant publications in the recent exotic mammal literature

Rabbits and Rodents
Dr Zoltan Szabo, Dr Med Vet, Dipl ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal), Dipl ABVP (Avian), GP Cert (ExAP), MRCVS

Reproductive tract disease and surgery in female reptiles
Dr Nicola Di Girolamo, DMV, MSc (EBHC), GPCert (ExAP), PhD, Dipl ECZM (Herp)

The dyspneoic bird
Dr Violane Colon, DVM, MSc (WAH), CertAVP (ZM), Advanced Practitioner (ZM)


Dr Zoltan Szabo

Dr Zoltan graduated in 2002 in Hungary, initially working at Szent Istvan University, where he became the Medical Director of the Exotic Division of the University. Next he moved to the UK, to the only exotic animal referral centre in London. He moved to Hong Kong in 2010 to work at Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Animal Hospital, the largest exotic animal referral centre in Asia. Here he works exclusively with exotic animals.

Dr Zoltan has four postgraduate degrees in exotic animal medicine in three countries: In the US he is a double Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specialising in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice and Avian Practice. In the United Kingdom, he has received the General Practitioners Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and in Hungary the Certificate in Exotic Animal Medicine.

Dr Zoltan had the opportunity to do research and work as a wildlife veterinarian in nine countries on four continents, with highlights being working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibian, and on the Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru. He is the co-author of several books about exotic animal surgery and avian diseases, has published twenty articles in international veterinary journals and presented more than thirty lectures at veterinary conferences.

Dr Nicola Di Girolamo

Dr Nicola is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology) and works as a veterinary specialist in Hong Kong at Tai Wai Small Animals & Exotics Hospital. He performed his ECZM residency at the Clinic for Exotic Animals in Rome. He completed a Master of Science in evidence-based healthcare at the University of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Bologna. Recently, he founded EBMVet, a study group on Evidence-based medicine and is the president-elect of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. He serves as an associate editor of BMC Veterinary Research, and as a methodologist reviewer for veterinary journals. In his time off, he loves hiking and playing Brazilian jujitsu.

Dr Violaine Colon

Violaine graduated from Liege University (Belgium) in 2007. She has been working with exotic species since graduation in different countries: UK (London, Wales and Hampshire) and Dubai. She has several qualification in zoological medicine: a master degree from RVC/ZSL since 2008, CertAVP in zoological medicine since 2015 and an Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine since 2016 both from the British Royal Veterinary College. For the past 2.5 years, she has been working as a full time exotic vet, seeing first opinion and referral cases. She has enjoys working with all exotic species but has special interest in reptiles (especially lizards). She has a soft spot for bearded dragons!

Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong
HKVA CPD Coordinator

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk

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