NCSU Wolves Pass Physicals

The red wolves who are cared for by the Wild Carnivore Team at the NCSU CVM Wild Carnivore Facility were happy to be be done with their routine spring physical exams this past Good Friday (April 3, 2015).

wolf auscultation croppedDVM program students who are members of the Wild Carnivore Team manage and care for the seven red wolves who call the Wild Carnivore Facility home year round.  They work together to make sure the facilities and animals are in tip top condition.

Each semester some of the wolves receive their annual physical examinations, and these too are conducted by the students under the watchful eye of Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, the faculty mentor for the team.  This spring Dr. Jeff Applegate, another faculty member in our EMC group, was on hand as well to aid in the capture, anesthesia and complete physical examination of four female wolves.

The Wild Carnivore Facility, part of the ZTAU or Zoological Animal Teaching Unit is unique across veterinary schools worldwide.  It gives veterinary students the opportunity to work with wild carnivores in all aspects of their captive management as they develop their veterinary skills.  The ZTAU is in turn is based upon and is part of the original NCSU Teaching Animal Unit.  This unique program was wolf physical croppeddeveloped by the late Dr. Ben Harrington who recognized the need for DVM students to be able to gain basic animal experience with farm animals as more and more veterinary students come from urban backgrounds.  The TAU has been copied by several other schools across the USA, but none is as extensive or effective in providing hands on experience with large animals to veterinary students.  The ZTAU continues in the same tradition.


Drs. Kennedy-Stoskopf and Applegate confer in the background as students examine one of the 3 female pups from last year’s litter.

wolf weighin croppedTime for the weigh in.



Good Showing at 2015 IAAAM Meeting

EMC faculty, students and alumni have played an important role in the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine from the beginning of the consortium.  The IAAAM has been and continues to be a pioneering international organization supporting the development of the aquatic health field.  This year’s IAAAM Annual Meeting (April 5-9, 2015) in Chicago, Illinois was yet another opportunity for aquatic health specialists from around the world to come together and discuss advances in the science of keeping our aquatic treasures healthy in captivity and the wild across the globe.

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NCSU ties at the 46th IAAAM Meeting, Chicago, Ill.  Front (L-R) Drs. Greg Lewbart, Lori Westmoreland, Christie Hicks, Amanda Ardente, Eric Anderson, Tres Clarke, Maria Serrano.  Standing (L-R) Stephen Smith, Gregg Scott, Julie Cavin, Craig Harms, Jeff Applegate, JB Minter, Allison Tuttle, Andy Stamper.

EMC presence was once again very strong and important.  In the photo above are several past presidents of the organization as well as certainly many future presidents.   The annual meeting this year was earlier than usual, putting it at a very challenging time in the teaching semester for NCSU, which meant that some EMC aquatics people had to stay home and take care of routine business.  This included two former IAAAM presidents, Dr. Michael Stoskopf and Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf as well as our most senior aquatic resident Dr. Brianne Phillips, who have all been participating vicariously through the reports back by Dr. Lewbart and others at the meeting.

Presentations by NCSU alumni and faculty covered the entire taxonomic spectrum of aquatic health.  Presentations included –  Microbes and the Aquarium (Stampler); Sedation of Atlantic Purple Sea Urchins (Applegate); Mesomycetoa in tetras (Westmoreland); Treatment of Eimeria Southwelli in Cownosed Ray (Clarke); Medical Management of Blacknosed Sharks (Cavin); Vitamin D in Green Sea Turtles (Scott); Blood gas baselines in marine iguanas (Lewbart); Carapacial necrosis in cold-stunned sea turtles (Harms): Metabolomics measuring purines in diet of captive and free-ranging bottlenosed dolphin (Ardente).   Dr. Lewbart chaired the invertebrate session and Dr. Harms chaired the session on sea turtle medicine.  A great showing of breadth and depth.



Mulcahy Receives Dolensek Award

The news is a bit old, but no less important, Dr. Dan Mulcahy, a long time professor in practice for the NCSU CVM’s EMC faculty was awarded the 2014 AAZV Emil Dolensek Award for his exceptional contributions to conservation, care, and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife.

loomis awards Dolenesek to Mulcahy at AAZV ACZM_Newsletter_2015 croppedThis prestigious award is named in honor of Dr. Emil Dolensek, an early pioneer in zoological medicine as head veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo.   Fittingly the award was presented by fellow NCSU professor in practice, Dr. Mike Loomis, the chief veterinarian at the NC Zoo during the awards ceremonies of the fall American Association of Zoo Veterinarians annual meeting in Orlando Florida.  Dr. Loomis is a former recipient of the important award, as is EMC faculty member Dr. Michael Stoskopf.

Dan Mulcay pre surgery cropped ACZM newsletter 2015Dr. Mulcahy was one of the earliest adjunct faculty members to join the EMC team at NCSU.  He has provided extremely valuable wildlife experiences for residents in the ACZM residency program from the very earliest inception of the program, helping shape the careers of many residents.   Dan received his BS in zoology from Cal State College Long Beach in 1970 and completed a PhD in microbiology from Oregon State University in 1977 after which he became a very productive researcher investigating fish viral diseases.  He decided to pursue veterinary medicine and earned his DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 1992, entering practice briefly before coming to the Alaska Biological Science Center in 1995 as a Veterinary

Dan Mulcahy rests between field duck transmitter surgeries

Medical Officer of the US Geological Survey.  He is well known for his advocacy of proper use of analgesics and sterile surgical techniques in wildlife field research. Earlier this year he was awarded the Al Franzman AWard from the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.  He has published nearly 100 papers in the peer reviewed literature and books and one of his quotes that fits right into the NCSU EMC supported residency and graduate programs is “The product of science is publications, not data. If you don’t publish your data, you are not a scientist. You’re just someone with an interesting hobby.”

In her recent book “Zoobiquity”, Dr. Barbara Natterson accurately describes Dr. Mulcahy as ” part MacGyver, part Davy Crockett…….   He occupies that rare and desirable zone on the Venn diagram where superhero and supernerd overlap.”   We are all very proud to have Dan Mulcahy on our team here at NCSU.