The Science of Veterinary Medicine

Explore the science of animals and veterinary medicine.

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in-btn Diagnosing Lameness in a Paint Mare

Lameness is one of the most common health problems in horses.  Diagnosing the cause of a patient’s foot pain takes an animal doctor with a lot of experience and some very advanced technology.  

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Helping Dogs See Again

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.

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in-btn Bonobo Echocardiogram

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. 

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in-btn A Pain In The Neck

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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in-btn Rattlesnake Surgery

Surgery on a snake?  That’s right.  Veterinarians perform surgery on all types of animals.  To be successful, animal doctors must know the science of every animal they treat.  Watch this video and learn the science of surgery on a Canebrake Rattlesnake

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in-btn Introducing Red Blood Cells

Red blood cells (RBCs) are by far the most abundant cells in an animal and they are the reason blood has that characteristic red color. In dogs, RBCs account for approximately 37-55% of blood while in cats they account for 30-45%.

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