News : 2017

New Publication on APP Expression in Elephant Seals

The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory is pleased to have collaborated on a recently published study investigating the application of acute phase protein quantitation in the juvenile northern elephant seal. This study was conducted in collaboration with the Aquatic Animal Health program at the University of Florida and The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. Congratulations to all of our colleagues.

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Great Joint Meeting in Dallas

Thanks to everyone for a great joint AAZV/AEMV/ARAV/AAFV/NAG meeting in Dallas in September. The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory was pleased to be an exhibitor and sponsor of the AEMV and ARAV sessions. A highlight of the meeting was our special event featuring Dr. Al Dove, Vice President of Research and Conservation from the Georgia Aquarium. Dr. Dove presented an amazing lecture about his incredible work with the whale shark entitled, “Embrace the Ocean: Your Friend for Life.” The event, co-sponsored by Harrison’s Bird Foods, attracted more than 100 attendees. Participants received many special giveaways and were entered into a prize drawing if they committed to the Do One Thing program. Everyone chose one positive thing they were going to change in their life to help the environment and minimize adverse effects on animals. This idea was an extension of our previous showing of the movie “Racing Extinction” at the Association of Avian Veterinarians meeting in Washington in July. Thanks to all the participants! Look for more updates on this continuing program soon.

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Laboratory OPEN

The laboratory has re-opened on Wednesday 9/13. FedEx deliveries are being accepted at this time. Thank you for your concern and your continued patronage.

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Case of the Month: Under the Microscope

In the new Case of the Month series, Dr. Nicole Stacy presents: Abnormal heterophil morphology and increased SAA concentrations in a cold-stunned Florida manatee during rehabilitation. In this case, an adult female Florida manatee was admitted to rehabilitation with lethargy and focal cold stress lesions in early February after a cold snap event in South Florida. Impressive toxic heterophils are observed.

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Special Veterinary Ophthalmology Lecture

On July 13, the Avian & Wildlife Laboratory had the opportunity to co-host a phenomenal lecture by Fabiano Montiani-Ferreira DVM, MSc, PhD from the Univeridade Federal de Parana in Brazil. Presented to the faculty of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Montiani-Ferreira discussed “Selected Topics in Comparative and Translational Ophthalmology”.

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New Publication on Dolphin SAA

Check out the current issue of Aquatic Mammals for an interesting study of serum amyloid A (SAA) expression in dolphins during and after uncomplicated pregnancy. This was a collaborative study with the University of Florida, SeaWorld, and the University of Miami. The study reported elevated levels during late pregnancy and in the early post partum period.

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Case of the Month: From the Clinics

In the Case of the Doxycycline Sensitive Macaw, adjunct professor Dr. Lauren Thielen presents the new Case of the Month. An otherwise healthy looking macaw is hiding a high WBC and begins to show clinical abnormalities. Despite the ability to obtain a specific diagnosis in this case, the use of repeated CBC and protein electrophoresis provide key prognostic value in this case. Also, yet again, another important lesson in great benefits of post purchase exams.

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Special Event at AAV: Racing Extinction Screening

The University of Miami is pleased to present a special screening of the movie Racing Extinction the Annual Association of Avian Veterinarians meeting in Washington, D.C. Utilizing state of the art equipment, Oscar winning director Louie Psihoyos assembles a teach of artists and activists intent on showing the world never before seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

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Case of the Month: Is It Really Albumin?

The Case of Methods to Quantitate Albumin, Dr. Carolyn Cray presents the new Case of the Month. In many species – especially birds and reptiles – the albumin value that is obtained from chemistry analyzers is not valid. Electrophoresis provides a valid albumin as well as a reflection of any ongoing acute phase responses.

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New Season of Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER

Join us in viewing the first episode of the new season of Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER on NAT GEO WILD this Saturday, April 22 at 10pm EST. Our laboratory has enjoyed a long relationship with Dr. Susan Kelleher as a client and research collaborator and we are proud to announce that she has recently joined our adjunct faculty. Look for more information regarding Dr. Kelleher soon!

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