Ultrapotent Drug Safety for Zoological Facilities

Event Location: Webinar
Ultrapotent Drug Safety for Zoological Facilities

Ultrapotent Drug Safety for Zoological Facilities

Friday September 1, 2023

3:00 – 5:00pm EST


The Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership (ZAHP) presents this event in collaboration with the AZA Safety Committee, as part of the ongoing Topics in Zoo Safety webinar series. 

Ultrapotent opioids, and other nonopioid analgesics commonly used in zoo medicine, have received significant public attention in recent years due to the adverse effects exposure to these drugs can have on human health. Zoo veterinarians rely on drugs like thiafentinil, etorphine, and other concentrated aesthetic drugs to help preserve animal and human welfare when treating their largest patients, so it is critical that any personnel who may be working around these drugs understands how to do so safely. Join us for this webinar, Ultrapotent Drug Safety for Zoological Facilities, to learn more about why these agents are used and how facilities can mitigate risks of exposure. Speakers from the zoo and emergency medical communities will discuss drugs of concern, their potential uses and risk, protocols for administration, response plans for accidental exposure, legal considerations, and more.

A live Q & A will follow presentations. Please use the “questions and comments” box on the registration form if you have any questions you would like to pre-submit for our speakers.

This webinar is being recorded.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Uses and Dangers of Ultrapotent Drugs in Zoo Medicine – Sathya K. Chinnadurai, DVM, MS, Dipl. AZZM, Dipl. ACVAA, Dipl. ACAW, Senior Vice President of Animal Health and Welfare at Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo

  • Assessing Risks and Protocols for Human Exposure – Maria Gallegos, Director, Health Safety & Security, Houston Zoo & Lars Thestrup, MD, Dipl. ABLM, Board Certified in Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Physician at St. Joseph Medical Center Houston, TX

  • Legal and Regulatory Considerations – Jamie Huber, RVT, Veterinary Hospital Manager at Louisville Zoo

  • Q & A 

Disclaimer:  This webinar is advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist facilities in providing a safe and healthful environment. Considerations therein do not replace or override any applicable federal, state, or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Content may not address all of the safety and husbandry concerns for a specific facility. It is the responsibility of each facility, through the application of technical judgment and experience, to determine the appropriate procedures for that facility.  Views expressed in this webinar are solely those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities they represent.