UI Wildlife Medical Clinic X-Rays


Heather: IT’S NOT UNCOMMON WHEN PEOPLE NEED AN X-RAY BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? AND WILL THEY COOPERATE DURING THAT PRESSURE? Tim: JOINING US FOR CRITTERS UNGAUGED, THE U OF I WILDLIFE CLINIC, THE DOCTOR IS BACK. NO BABY OPPOSUM TODAY. Heather: I’M SO SAD! Tim: IT’S SOMETHING WE DON’T THINK ABOUT. BUT WHEN YOU GET SICK OR INJURED ANIMALS, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH AN X-RAY PROCESS. Guest: SOME OF OUR PATIENTS GIVE A LITTLE HASSLE FOR IT. BUT WE TRY TO SEDATE OUR ANIMALS TO GET GOOD IMAGES. THE X-RAYS HELP US EVALUATE OUR ANIMALS INSIDE AND OUT SO WE CAN GET GOOD INFORMATION AND MAKE SURE WE’RE GOING FORWARD WITH TREATMENT APPROPRIATELY. Heather: WE’VE GOT PICTURES HOPEFULLY WE CAN SCROLL THROUGH. KIND OF WALK US THROUGH WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. SO HERE WE GO. Guest: SO HERE WE CAN SEE ONE OF OUR STUDENTS WHO IS MONITORING ANESTHESIA. WE HAVE A RED-TAILED HAWK GETTING READY FOR X-RAYS. OUR STUDENTS ARE IN CHARGE OF MONITORING THOSE PATIENTS. THE X-RAYS ALLOW OUR STUDENTS TO GET EXPERIENCE WITH THE X-RAY AND ANESTHESIA AND PROCEDURES LEADING UP TO THAT. Tim: I WOULD NOT THINK BIRDS SIT STILL WITHOUT ANESTHESIA. Guest: WE CAN SEE A STUDENT WORKING WITH A SNAPPING TURTLE. THE ANIMAL HAD INJURIES AND HE GAVE US A COUPLE OF SURPRISES ON X-RAY AS WELL. HE HAD OBVIOUSLY EATEN A FISHING HOOK AS WELL. WHICH WE WEREN’T EXPECTING. BUT THAT PHOTO SHOWS US HOW WE HAVE TO POSITION OUR PATIENTS VERY DIFFERENTLY FROM THE BIRDS, THE TURTLE AND ALL THE DIFFERENCES THAT THAT CAN ENTAIL. Tim: WITH HUMAN, YOU’RE TYPICALLY LOOKING FOR A BONE BREAK. BUT I IMAGINE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ALL SORTS OF THINGS, INCLUDING THAT WITH ANIMALS. ABSOLUTELY. WE HOPEFULLY, CAN APPRECIATE ON YOUR PHYSICAL EXAM IF THERE’S A BONE BREAK. BUT THERE’S CHANGES WE CAN SEE ON THE STOMACH OR THE HEART, IN THE LUNGS THAT WE CAN APPRECIATE. SOMETIMES ANIMALS MIGHT GET SHOT BY A GUN AND WE CAN SEE THE PELLETS BY THAT. LIKE IN OUR TURTLE, WE HAVE FOREIGN BODIES THAT WE SEE. Heather: WOW. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ANIMALS TO GET BETTER. BUT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO LEARN ALL OF THE PROCEDURES THAT GOES INTO IT. Guest: ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S WHAT WE TRY TO EMPHASIZE WITH THE WILDLIFE CLINIC. IT’S NOT JUST FINDING THE FRACTURE THAT WE CAN APPRECIATE. YOU CAN SEE THE HAND INTI POINTING TO THE FRACTURE. Heather: WHAT ANIMAL IS THAT? Guest: A HAWK. Heather: I’LL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT. HERE YOU CAN SEE THE PIN AND CROSSPIN TO FIX THE FRACTURE. Heather: I LOVE THE FINGER. Tim: LIKE A THUMBS-UP. Guest: HERE WE HAVE A TURTLE WITH A SHELL FRACTURE. IT’S NOT JUST FINDING THE LESION ON THE X-RAYS. IT’S ALSO GIVING THE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THE EXAM TO SEE THE LESION ON X-RAY TO CONFIRM THEIR FINDINGS TO MONITOR — Heather: IS THAT A TURTLE? Guest: THAT IS THE TURTLE. Tim: VERY GOOD. YOU’RE GETTING GOOD AT THIS. Heather: THANK YOU. Guest: BUT WE CAN MONITOR ANESTHESIA PRACTICE POSITIONING. PRACTICE LEARNING HOW TO TAKE AN X-RAY BUT NOT JUST A DOG AND CAT, BUT HOW DOES IT LOOK LIKE A BIRD. THIS IS A HERRON THAT HAD BEEN SHOT. THE BRIGHT SPECKLES IS THE GUN. Heather: THIS IS A MOURNING DOVE. Guest: THIS IS A MOURNING DOVE ON HIS SIDE. THE CONE ON THE END IS HER MAINTAINING ANESTHESIA FOR THE BIRD. Heather: OH! Guest: THIS IS A FOX KIT THAT NEEDED WORK. Tim: WHAT DID IT SAY? Heather: TIM! [LAUGHTER] Tim: SORRY, SORRY. I’VE BEEN INDICATING FOR THE C.A.T. SCAN AND THE FOX ONE JUMPED IN THERE. [LAUGHTER] Heather: OH! Guest: DR. SANDRA, I APOLOGIZE FOR MY COHOST. Tim: I’VE GOT TO BE GOOD FOR SOMETHING. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT GETTING THE X-RAYS, WHICH CREATES GOOD IMAGES, BUT ALL OF THE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS. Heather: WE HAVE A GREAT RESOURCE ON THE CAMPUS OF U OF I. THANKS FOR COMING IN. Guest: THANKS FOR HAVING US. Tim: BRING A WHOLE-SIZED OPPOSUM NEXT TIME FOR HEATHER. WE’LL CONNECT YOU WITH THE

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