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OSU Hosts Inter-Institutional Zoological Medicine Rounds

Thursday, January 26 2017

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Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences hosted the Inter-Institutional Zoological Medicine Rounds today at the center’s McElroy Hall on the OSU Stillwater campus. Organized by the Oklahoma City Zoo, the Tulsa Zoo and the veterinary center, this meeting is held every four months with the location rotating among the three organizations.

“The purpose of this meeting is to present case reports and research studies relevant to the healthcare of zoological medicine species for example, birds, reptiles, and rabbits,” said Joao Brandao, LMV, MS, assistant professor of zoological medicine at the veterinary center. “At this meeting, two second year students,  Cassandra Rodenbaugh and Crystal Matt, and my staff presented interesting case reports and research studies performed here at OSU including the assessment of coagulation in chickens and prevalence of blood parasites in Eastern bluebirds. Personnel from the Oklahoma City Zoo also presented a collaborative study on the investigation of a new kidney marker in cheetahs that includes us, the zoo and a laboratory.”

A total of 60 people attended including veterinary students, donors and collaborators. The OSU Zoological Medicine Student Club helped Brandao organize the event.

“This is an excellent opportunity for veterinary students, zoo personnel and invited guests to hear about the latest advances in zoological medicine,” added Brandao. “We want to use this opportunity to share the work that the OSU zoological medicine service has made over the year as well as to acknowledge the contributions that our donors and co-workers have given us. Our objective is to contribute to the community by developing new research that will improve the quality of care that we can provide to our patients as well as to contribute to OSU as a whole.”

If you would like to donate to OSU’s wildlife program, you can easily do so at Wildlife Care Fund. This funds supports the avian, exotic and zoo medicine service at the Veterinary Medical Hospital for clinical treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned wildlife. For information about each participating organization, visit these websites: OKC Zoo, Tulsa Zoo and CVHS.

Pictured above: Crystal Matt, second year veterinary student from Noblesville, Ind., presents a case about bearded dragons at the Inter-Institutional Zoological Medicine Rounds held at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences on Jan. 26, 2017.