Management of Birds of Prey for Health

On 3 December 2023 we will be holding a full day course for falconers, bird of prey keepers, demonstrators and zoo keepers. Other vets and vet nurses are also welcome – in fact everyone is welcome!

We have had a great deal of interest in this day and expect all 30 places to be taken quickly. Please don’t delay in making your booking! We may run a further day in the new year.

Hosted at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, but run by Mark Naguib BVMS(Hons) Cert AVP (ZooMed) MRCVS the day will consist of illustrated lectures covering range of topics that will be of interest to anyone who keeps or works with raptors. Also in attendance will be Gemma Graham BVMS MRCVS and Hannah Tate BVM BVS MRCVS, both experienced exotics vets.

NCBP staff will also be giving some insight into the facilities and techniques we use to ensure the welfare of our birds.

The whole day will very much be a workshop – there will be the chance to practice some of the techniques covered and questions will be most welcome.

A certificate of attendance is included – if you are zoo licence or operate under an AAL, this certificate can be used as part of your proof of training.

First aid kits will be available to purchase on the day at approx £50 (cash only please)

The entire proceeds of the day will go to the following 3 good causes –

  • Ryedale Wildlife Rehab – a local rehabilitation centre for injured wildlife – run by our friend Jean Thorpe MBE
  • Vulpro – based in South Africa and run by Kerri Wolter, Vulpro breeds and releases vultures and run a vulture rescue service throughout southern Africa.
  • The Vulture Conservation Foundation.

Mark Naguib BVMS(Hons) Cert AVP (ZooMed) MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine

Mark qualified from Glasgow in 2009. He has been the NCBP vet since we first opened, he is also the zoo vet for Flamingo Land.

Mark holds the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in the field of Zoological Medicine and has experience treating over 200 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and exotic mammals. In 2014 he was awarded the RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine Status. This status is awarded to vets who have not only undertaken further study and passed exams in a particular area of veterinary work but have also confirmed that they continue keep up to date with all the latest developments in their field.

Many will already know Mark from his seminars at  Raptor Fairs over the years. Mark is one of the most respected avian vets in the UK and has a large client base spread all over the north of England.


  • The recognition of illness in birds
  • Raptor Nutrition
  • Bumblefoot prevention and treatment
  • Respiratory infections
  • Wing Tip Odema
  • Aviary design
  • Perch and mews design
  • Practical day to day management of a raptor
  • Emergency first aid
  • Health checking a raptor
  • Health care and nutrition during the breeding season


Sandwiches, drinks and cakes/flapjacks for lunch are all included.

Tea, coffee and cold drinks are also available throughout the day

Admission into the National Centre for Birds of Prey is also included.


3 December 2023 –  at NCBP.Click HERE for directions

9am until 4.30pm

Management of Birds of Prey for Health. 3 December 2023


We aren’t going to be sending out tickets for this event – but you’ll receive an email confirming your payment, please bring that with you on the day.

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