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If you put stuff in cages often enough... 
...chances are it's gonna escape, and you are going to know how to how to recapture it safely. 

Could you or your people use some training in remote management of fractious or dangerous animals? If so, we cordially invite you to join us for a 4 hour RACE approved Chemical Immobilization and Remote Delivery wetlab to learn how to offer this service!


This one-of-a-kind wetlab is co-taught by Jenifer Chatfield, DVM, DACZM, DACVPM, and Jason Chatfield, DVM, and will focus on technique, equipment utilization, safety, as well as the team aspect of field immobilizations (oh and fun. Did we mention the fun part?). The material is applicable to small animals, large animals, and exotics.

The course will include:

👉2 hours of didactic lecture, 2 hours of wetlab (4 RACE hours), all equipment included

👉a discussion of appropriate anesthetic choices 

👉instruction on how to manage the remotely immobilized creature safely and successfully

👉considerations for successful immobilization

👉other applications for remote delivery of biologics

👉learning how to be comfortable with less than ideal conditions for animal management

👉sharpshooter competitions, prizes, and fun!

This one-of a kind wetlab focuses on technique, equipment utilization, safety, as well as the team aspect of field immobilizations (oh and fun. Did we mention the fun part?)

This course gives you the ability to say yes to opportunities like helping with escaped livestock, feral cat rodeos, and safely immobilize seriously aggressive animals. You will leave with a renewed interest in vet med from a totally different perspective (that comes in handy more often than you might think).

When: 9/22/23, 1-5 p.m.

Where: La Posada Ballroom (at the hotel)

Included: 2 hours of didactic lecture, 2 hours of wetlab (4 RACE hours), all equipment, sharpshooter competitions and prizes!

Who: Veterinarians, vet techs, zoo personnel, animal control, wildlife management personnel, animal shelter personnel, food animal personnel, equine personnel

Cost: $199 with CON registration, $499 without CON registration

Course outline:

1p-1:50p If you put stuff in cages often enough…

  • Learn the most common reasons for animal escapes

  • Learn one concern for safe recapture of escaped animals

  • Learn the criteria for the need for remote tranquilization

2p-2:50p Is that a dart in your pocket, or are ya just here to gimme my treatment?

  • Learn reasons for remote delivery of medication exclusive of immobilization

  • Learn 2 characteristics of an injectable medication that may impact remote

  • delivery capability

  • Learning  criteria for remote delivery device (RDD) selection

3p-3:50 Skill stations

Participants will be divided into smaller groups (<10 in each group) and rotate through 5 hands-on skill stations with instructors supervising. Stations offer the

opportunity for peer-to-peer learning with written instructions and instructor engagement as necessary.

Stations to include remote delivery device (RDD) selection and preparation (using sterile water for injectable) based on scenarios provided at station; target practice stations with available projectors (blow-pipe, rifle, etc.) with typical

distances marked to familiarize participants with distance estimations.

All stations will occur simultaneously and encourage problem-solving and discovery learning with peers to harness adult learning principles to promote

content retention.

  • Learn to correctly load multiple types of RDD’s

  • Learn to select an appropriate amount of pressure to use when firing an RDD from

  • multiple distances

  • Learn to correctly identify environmental hazards for the target animal in various

  • settings

4p-4:50p Hands-on practice!

Instructors will divide participants into teams (different from their skill station groups) and teams will compete in several skills-based activities including “load

the RDD relay,” “Remote delivery quiz bowl,” “I’m your Huckleberry,” etc. Team activities will be followed by individual accuracy competition. You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate improved skill in preparing RDD’s

  • Demonstrate increased accuracy at delivering an RDD at multiple distances

  • Describe 3 key elements of a successful remote drug delivery


Jenifer Chatfield, DVM, DACZM, DACVPM
Jason Chatfield, DVM

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