News : 2015

Trio of Great Studies in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

We are very pleased to have collaborated with three groups of great researchers on unique studies in captive white-naped cranes and American flamingos and the free ranging eastern massasauga. Each of these studies are summarized in the December issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. This work represents our continuing mission to contribute to furthering the fields of avian, exotic, and wildlife medicine.

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Recent Presentation - Southern European Veterinary Conference

Dr. Carolyn Cray recently traveled to Barcelona to attend and present her work at the Southern European Veterinary Conference. The conference, meeting in conjunction with Federation of European Companion Animal Associations and the Federation of Iberoamerican Veterinary Association, was attended by several thousand veterinarians from around Europe. Dr. Jaume Martorell from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona chaired the section on exotic animals. Dr. Cray presented a review entitled, “Examination of the acute phase response of avian, reptile, and exotic mammal species”. She also lectured on reference interval generation for species species, serological testing for aspergillosis, and reviewed the Avian & Wildlife Laboratory’s latest work combining serological testing and acute phase protein testing for Encephalitozoon cuniculi in rabbits. Dr. Cray thanks the organizers and the participants of this meeting for this opportunity and the warm reception.

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New Publication on CRP in Rabbits

Our work summarizing the application of quantitative IgM and IgG titers in tandem with C-reactive protein (CRP) quantitation in the diagnosis of Encephalitozoon cuniculi (ECUN) infection in rabbits was recently published in the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. Non-ECUN suspect rabbits exhibited normal CRP levels (mean: 16.5mg/L) whereas those rabbits suspected of having ECUN infection exhibited significantly higher levels (mean: 37.8mg/L). Some rabbits exhibited very high levels of CRP exceeding 200mg/L. When elevated CRP is used as part of a serological panel with IgM and IgG titers, the specificity and positive predictive value of the panel is greatly enhanced (up to 100%).

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New Publicaton on Acute Phase Proteins in Ferrets

Acute phase proteins are valuable diagnostic and prognostic tools in veterinary medicine given their exceptional sensitivity for inflammation. A recent publication details the use of acute phase proteins and protein electrophoresis in ferrets. This study was completed with collaborators including Drs. Michelle Ravich, Laurie Hess, Susan Kelleher, and Cathy Johnson-Delaney.

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New Publications on Bamboo Sharks and Box Turtles

Acute phase proteins and the acute phase response appears to be highly conserved among animal species and, in fact, acute phase proteins have even been detected in molluscs and frogs. Our laboratory had great fortune to collaborate on two projects examining plasma protein electrophoretic profiles and acute phase proteins in the whitespotted bamboo shark and the eastern box turtle. Both studies were recently published in the December issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

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