The Science of Veterinary Medicine
Explore the science of animals and veterinary medicine.
What could be more fulfilling than to be a veterinarian and help dogs see again? A cataract is a cloudiness in the lens of a dog’s eye and when this spot develops it can keep a pet from seeing. In this video, a veterinary ophthalmologist performs microsurgery on a dog’s eye to give him the gift of vision once again.
Zoo veterinarians know that Bonobos are prone to heart disease so they constantly monitor the primate patients under their care. In this video, veterinarians perform an echocardiogram as part of their patient’s routine physical exam. As you watch, you’ll see the veterinary team prepare their patient for the physical exam and you’ll get a close up look a the equipment they use to examine the Bonobo’s heart.
The bones that make up the neck and backbone of animals are separated by discs that providing padding for an animal. As they age, these discs sometimes rupture and put pressure on nerves of the area. This is called cervical disc disease by veterinarians but is sometimes called a “slipped disc”. In this video, a zoo veterinarian and veterinary surgeon partner together to diagnose and treat cervical disc disease in a Red Wolf named Willow.
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