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New Paper on Markers of Inflammation in Injured White Rhinoceros

A new paper just published in the Frontiers in Veterinary Science details the study of acute phase reactants in the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Testing for serum amyloid A (SAA) was validated for this species. Albumin was identified as a negative reactant. SAA, haptoglobin, and fibrinogen were observed to be elevated in injured animals. Samples from injured animals were obtained from the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Animals had suffered from bullet and dehorning wounds. Thanks to our collaborators for the opportunity to be involved in this important study.

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New Paper on E. cuniculi Testing

A new study comparing two methods to detect antibody in rabbits with presumed and confirmed E. cuniculi infection is published in the latest issue of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. This was a multinational study completed at the University of Miami Avian & Wildlife Laboratory and the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. Importantly, it demonstrated that the ELISA and IFAT methods agree in the detection of IgG antibody in these two labs that have active clinical and research programs for this very problematic infection and disease in pet rabbits.

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Holiday Schedule

The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory will be closed on November 28, December 25, and January 1. Please contact the lab if you have any priority samples or questions regarding holiday shipping and test turnaround time.

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Check Out Dr. T Lone Star Vet on Nat Geo WILD

Congrats to Dr. Lauren Thielen and team for the premiere of Dr. T Lone Star Vet on Nat Geo WILD. Dr. Thielen serves as adjunct professor to our Avian & Wildlife Laboratory. The show follows Dr. Thielen’s exotic practice at the Texas Avian & Exotic Hospital in Grapevine Texas.

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New Paper on Koala APPs

Congrats to our collaborators Drs. Thurber and Singleton for the recent publication of their study entitled, “Reference intervals for acute phase proteins for koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) at the San Diego Zoo”. Samples from this vulnerable species were used to validate assays for CRP, SAA, and haptoglobin and updated intervals were also calculated for protein electrophoresis.

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