News : 2015 : December

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.

We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Smithosonian’s National Zoological Park on a study of the hematology and chemistry of the white-naped crane. This is a species which has been classified as Vulnerable. We hope that this information, including new protein electrophoresis ranges, helps manage the limited wild and captive populations. The study on the American flamingo was performed in collaboration with the San Diego Zoo. Haptoglobin and electrophoresis reference intervals were determined. The eastern massasauga is endangered in Illinois and a species of concern in Michigan. Over a 5 year period, plasma samples were collected. Reference intervals for protein electrophoresis were generated and assays for haptoglobin and C-reactive protein were validated. Many thanks to all for this opportunity to work with these special samples. Congratulations to all the authors.