PFA wildlife hospital, Bangalore, will be hosting ‘Serpentia,’ an international workshop on snakes from July 20 to July 21 at its premises in Kengeri. The workshop will be attended by veterinarians from various parts of the country, including Venom Research Center in Chittagong Medical College in Bangladesh.
The workshop will focus on an advanced way of treating spinal injuries in snakes. PFA Wildlife hospital has come up with a unique way to treat spinal injuries very commonly found in snakes in and around Bangalore. This treatment method blends the traditional Chinese veterinary medicine of acupuncture with the ultramodern laser physiotherapy to trigger the immune response and thus accelerate the healing process. It also reduces the pain and inflammation inflicted during the injury.
“The unique combination therapy is a novel procedure that is being practiced for the first time in veterinary medicine. We consider snakes play a pivotal role in nature’s food chain and the workshop will aid in path-breaking techniques to address their spinal accidents,” said Dr. Navaz Shariff, chief veterinarian, PFA.
The workshop will also cover other topics like identification, behaviour, feeding, handling, sexual behavior and housing of different varieties of snakes. A senior veterinarian of PFA Wildlife hospital along with his team will also demonstrate restraint in snakes for examination and treatment.
Escalating and unplanned urbanisation has affected snakes as much as it has affected any other wildlife species. Indiscriminate use of JCBs to clear their dwelling places have resulted in a steep increase in the number of spine injuries found in snakes.