Cornell University


Clinical Service Overview

Service: VTMED 6603 Clinical Wildlife, Exotic, and Zoo Animal Medicine
Reporting Time (for first day of rotation): 8:00 am in the Exotics Ward (C2-110 CAH) UNLESS you are repeating the rotation and would like to go to the zoo on the first Monday of that rotation: meet the faculty at 7:40am at the Wildlife Health Center on Hungerford Hill Road and contact the faculty or resident on duty to confirm attendance.
Reporting Location: Exotics Ward, C2-110, Companion Animal Hospital
Service Hours: 7:30am–6:30pm on average, on call duty as well
Service Phone Number: 253-3180 (Exotics)
Advance Reading (or Video Review) Required: Reviewing notes from Block V Exotics and Wildlife lectures and avian physical exam video is required. Notes from Avian Medicine and Surgery, Pocket Pets, Reptile Medicine and Surgery and Vet Aspects of Captive Wildlife Management are useful, but not required. Most are available on-line at the course website.
Section Chief: Dr. George Kollias
Faculty Members: Dr. Noha Abou-Madi, Dr. Ricardo DeMatos, Dr. George Kollias, Dr. James Morrisey
Residents: Dr. Andrew Cushing, Dr. Sarrah Kaye
Interns: Dr. Danielle Tarbert
Technical and Support Staff: Wildlife Health Center: Alice Van Demark,LVT (Team Leader), Tina Hlywa (LVT) and Marsha Zgola Exotics: and Kalynn Clintsman (LVT)
Emergency Duty Roster: Emergency protocols for exotic and wildlife cases will be discussed during orientation. Students will be on call for the exotic pet service and may be on emergency call for wildlife as well; rotate nights with students on service. (Student externs may participate to the emergency coverage if approved by faculty member).
Individual Preparing Emergency Duty Roster: Completed by students on first day of rotation.
Special Clothing Needed: Professional attire on clinic days.
Professional-casual on zoo days: clean pants (no holes), tucked-in shirt, coveralls and low boots or shoes. You can bring scrubs. No open toed shoes. No blue jeans, no white shirts or coats.
Instruments or Special Equipment Needed: Stethoscope and pen light.
Additional Comments: A negative TB test is required within the one year. This can be done at Gannett for approximately $20.00. Call 255-6954 (Julienne Cosgrove).

There are three aspects of this rotation: wildlife, exotic animals, and zoo animal cases. The faculty will tailor the rotation as best as possible to students’ interests. A faculty member and a resident go to Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY, three times a week.

Hospitalized cases at CUHA are treated by students assisted by LVT or resident on service. One student is on call every night, alternating with other students on service.

Useful resources are: Avian Medicine and Surgery Principles and Application; Ferrets, rabbits and rodents clinical medicine and surgery, Exotic Animal Formulary, Reptile Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic animal practice and Murray Fowler’s textbooks (Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and Current Therapy editions).
Questions, revisions and updates to the ‘Clinical Service Overview Sheet’ should be directed to Rosemary Adessa