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UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Performs Examinations on Flamingos at Sacramento Zoo

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UC Davis Veterinary Medicine recently participated in the annual wellness examinations of flamingos at the Sacramento Zoo.

UC Davis veterinarians, residents and staff recently participated in the “Flamingo Round-Up” at the Sacramento Zoo, where the zoo’s 39 flamingos received their annual wellness examinations.

The examinations on the exotic birds consisted of:
•    Comprehensive physical exam including an eye check, palpation of all joints and checking of feet for signs of arthritis, abdominal palpation, and an overall assessment of body condition/nutritional status
•    Blood draw for complete blood cell count and biochemistry panel to determine if all organs are functioning properly
•    Vaccination for West Nile Virus
•    De-wormer given to treat any parasites
•    Measurement of body weight
•    Leg bands changed and the bird’s identification transponder checked

The examinations were led by Dr. Ray Wack, head veterinarian for the zoo and chief of the Zoological Medicine Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Assisting him from the VMTH was a staff veterinarian, as well as two veterinarian residents and two veterinary technicians from the hospital’s Companion Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine Service. They were joined by members of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and nearly two dozen staff members from the zoo, including veterinarians and veterinary technicians from the Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital, animal keepers and administrators.

The examinations were a success, and UC Davis and zoo officials were pleased with the current wellness of the flamingos.

To learn more about the Flamingo Round-Up, watch this video:

To see more photos of the Flamingo Round-Up, visit this Facebook photo album:


About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 45,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer