Medical teams across species

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves

In the world of medicine and surgery, medical professionals have a lot of knowledge to share. So when it comes to state-of-the-art animal care, it’s not unusual for veterinarians to call on their physician brethren — especially when it comes to the health of animals in zoos.

This is because veterinarians know a lot about many different species, while physician specialists focus on particular medical fields — thus the reason behind a cardiothoracic surgeon performing open-heart surgery on an orangutan or a gynecologist helping a gorilla in postpartum distress. But it’s veterinarians who bring it all together — from sedation, initial examinations and diagnostic tests to anesthesia and post-op care.

This is teamwork at its best: dedicated professionals coming together to save lives, no matter which species is in need.