2017 NAVC Small Animal & Exotics Proceedings

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Tapir Medicine and Conservation

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics TAPIR MEDICINE AND CONSERVATION Kelly Helmick, DVM, MS, DACZMWoodland Park ZooSeattle, WA USA TAXONOMY AND CONSERVATION STATUS Tapirs are unique nocturnal to crepuscular tropical herbivores inhabiting dense rainforest ecosystems in close association with freshwater. The single genus, Tapirus, is comprised of one Asian species, T. indicus, and four Central and South American species, T. terrestris, T. bairdii, T. pinchaque, and...

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Okapi Medicine Made Easy

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics OKAPI MEDICINE MADE EASY John M. Sykes IV, DVM, DACZMClinical Department Head, Zoological Health ProgramWildlife Conservation Society WHAT IS AN OKAPI? The Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is one of the two species in the Giraffidae family (the other being the giraffe). These animals live in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. They tend to be very shy in nature and in fact were only “discovered” by modern science in...

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Primate Medicine Made Easy

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics PRIMATE MEDICINE MADE EASY Jan Ramer, DVM, DACZMthe WildsCumberland, OH Nonhuman primates inhabit more than 90 countries in South America, Asia and Africa. The IUCN Primate Specialist Group lists half of the 250 species a conservation concern and at least 20% are endangered or critically endangered. Primate medicine is NOT easy! This is a very diverse group of animals with distinct differences in anatomy, physiology,...

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Laminitis in Zoo Hoofstock

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics LAMINITIS IN ZOO HOOFSTOCK Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM, DACZMCheyenne Mountain ZooColorado Springs, CO Laminitis refers to inflammation of the laminar corium of the hoof. In domestic hoofstock, this condition is well known and easily recognized by the pain and abnormal gaits displayed by affected cattle and horses. In zoo animals, in contrast, laminitis is often overlooked because the signs are absent or not recognized. In fact,...

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Surgery-free Gastric Foreign Body Removal in a Sea Lion: A Unique Approach

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics SURGERY-FREE GASTRIC FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL IN A SEA LION: A UNIQUE APPROACH John M. Sykes IV, DVM, DACZMClinical Department Head, Zoological Health ProgramWildlife Conservation Society Robert P. Moore, DVM, DABVP (Avian)Wildlife Conservation Society Meredith M. Clancy, DVM, MPHWildlife Conservation Society Christy L. Rettenmund, DVM, DACZMWildlife Conservation Society Bonnie L. Raphael, DVM, DACZMWildlife Conservation Society...

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Mole Rat Medicine Made Easy

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics MOLE RAT MEDICINE MADE EASY Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM, DACZMCheyenne Mountain ZooColorado Springs, CO Mole rats are a curious group of animals, neither moles nor rats, but classified as hystricomorph rodents, and related to guinea pigs and porcupines. They spend most of their lives almost 2 meters underground, and although several species are listed as endangered, many remain poorly known and little studied. Found in Africa and...

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Enrichment in the Zoo: A Zoo Vet's Consideration

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics ENRICHMENT IN THE ZOO: A ZOO VET’S CONSIDERATION Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM (Large Animal), DACZMCheyenne Mountain ZooColorado Springs, CO Care of animals in zoos has progressed tremendously in the past 50 years. As new techniques in zoo medicine, anesthesia, diagnostics, and surgery continue to be developed and have now grown well beyond anyone’s earliest imaginings, it is no longer enough to ask “how can we keep them alive?”...

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Hippopotamus Medicine Made Easy

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics HIPPOPOTAMUS MEDICINE MADE EASY Kelly Helmick, DVM, MS, DACZM Woodland Park ZooSeattle, WA USA The two living species of hippopotamuses, Hippopotamus amphibious (common hippo) and Choeropsis liberiensis (pygmy hippo, formerly Hexaprotodon liberiensis) comprise the Family Hippopotomidae in the Order Artiodactyla. Molecular data suggests hippos are related to cetaceans, sharing a common ancestor that split from other artiodactyls...

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Successful Relocation of 17 African Elephants (loxondonta Africana) To the U.S. From Swaziland

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics SUCCESSFUL RELOCATION OF 17 AFRICAN ELEPHANTS (LOXONDONTA AFRICANA) TO THE U.S. FROM SWAZILAND Julia E. Napier, DVMOmaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and AquariumOmaha, NE INTRODUCTION With a great deal of planning and careful attention to detail, 17 African elephants (Loxodonta Africana) were successfully relocated from the South African nation of Swaziland to the United States. A conservation partnership was formed between three...

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Extinction Averted — Palawan Forest Turtle Crisis

NAVC Conference Proceedings 2017: Small Animal & Exotics EXTINCTION AVERTED—PALAWAN FOREST TURTLE CRISIS John M. Sykes IV, DVM, DACZMClinical Department Head, Zoological Health ProgramWildlife Conservation Society Paul P. Calle, VMD, DACZM, DECZMWildlife Conservation Society Bonnie L. Raphael, DVM, DACZMWildlife Conservation Society Sabine Schoppe, PhDKatala Foundation TURTLE EXTINCTION CRISIS The world is currently facing what is termed the 6th major extinction event, the...

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