Jordan Cole gives a flamingo an exam. Class of 2018 students from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis affiliate veterinarian, SVM and Sacramento Zoo staff do the Annual Sacramento Zoo Flamingo Roundup.
The examinations on the exotic birds consisted of:
• Comprehensive physical exam including an eye check, palpation of all joints and checking of feet for signs of arthritis, abdominal palpation, and an overall assessment of body condition/nutritional status
• Blood draw for complete blood cell count and biochemistry panel to determine if all organs are functioning properly
• Vaccination for West Nile Virus
• De-wormer given to treat any parasites
• Measurement of body weight
• Leg bands changed and the bird’s identification transponder checked.
Photo by Don Preisler/UCDavis
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