Our Work at the Zoo
Here at Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle (ASCS), we love all animals, from cats and dogs to lions and monkeys. In fact, our team supports organizations that are dedicated to the care and betterment of animal well-being and conservation, which is why for over 30 years, we have fostered a close relationship with the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
This relationship began when our founder, Dr. Ken Sinibaldi, volunteered his time and surgical expertise at the Zoo. Our surgeons have continued the tradition by volunteering their time and performing surgeries and other procedures for the Zoo animals.
The Woodland Park Zoo has a team of knowledgeable, dedicated, and talented veterinarians, technicians and zookeepers who take incredible care of the animals. On a day to day basis, the Zoo’s staff provides top-notch health care for over 1,100 animals and 300 species. However, when a primate, big cat, or marsupial requires surgery or rehabilitation therapy, the zoo calls in for the expertise of the ASCS board-certified veterinary surgeons and rehabilitation specialists. Team members from our rehab department, SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center, work with the Zoo’s rehabilitation team on a monthly basis to improve the lives of geriatric and arthritic animals, including penguins, a red panda, jaguar, Komodo dragon, and a Malayan Tapir named Bintang.
Animals Treated at the Zoo
Whenever the Woodland Park Zoo has a case that needs our attention and expertise, we are always happy to help and join forces with zoo staff and other medical professionals. We have performed several different surgeries and helped rehab dozens of animals, from primates to cats of the Savannah, red pandas, monkeys, otters, a sea eagle, and a reptile or two. However, we have also had the opportunity to be a part of a few rare and exciting cases.
Here are our top three favorite zoo surgery and rehab stories.
1. Lowland female gorilla with a broken leg
When a 32-year-old lowland female gorilla’s leg was severely injured, a team of veterinary and human specialists were called in to provide collaborative care. Dr. Leslie Eide, rehabilitation therapist with ASCS rehabilitation partner, SOUND, and Dr. Alex Aguila, ASCS surgeon, joined Dr. Kimberly Harmon—a UW Medicine physician specializing in sports medicine, family medicine, orthopedic health, and head physician of the University of Washington’s football team—and Dr. Albert Gee, a sports orthopedic surgeon at UW Medicine, in the treatment and rehabilitation of Jamoke.
2. Ocelot undergoes surgery to remove tumor
After a mass was found on Brazil, a 15-year-old male ocelot’s kidney, the Zoo veterinarians contacted ASCS to formulate a plan for further diagnostics and surgical removal of the kidney. Additionally, board-certified specialists from five different veterinary disciplines collaborated with ASCS to provide the best possible care. Brazil was transported to ASCS, where he underwent surgery to remove the kidney and mass. Read more about the collaborative effort that went into Brazil’s care, treatment, and recovery.
3. Penguins receive acupuncture
Our rehab department recently provided acupuncture for two senior penguins to help with arthritis in their knees, feet, and backs. Mr. Sea (29 years old) and Quanto (25 years old) both showed immediate increased energy and activity following their treatments. Watch a video of the treatment by SOUND rehabilitation therapist, Dr. Cynthia Knapp.
You can see a list of even more animals we have helped not only at the Woodland Park Zoo, but also at the Seattle Aquarium here.
It is truly an honor to work with our dedicated colleagues at the Zoo to help such majestic animals recover from injuries, move better, and enjoy healthier and higher quality lives.
Posted May 21, 2019 by ASCS in ASOC News with No Comments and tagged as woodland park zoo
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