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Medicine

As part of our constant concern for animal health and well being, Terra Natura employs a team of veterinarians who specialise in treating wild animals and are on call at the park 365 days a year. Their work is essentially based on preventative medicine, specific treatments and controlling the animals’ nutrition and breeding. In doing so, they are provided with the optimum resources and most advanced technology to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases.

The Veterinary Department is divided into three sections: the administrative section, a quarantine building and a fully equipped veterinary clinic.

The veterinary clinic has a large surgery equipped with the most modern medical equipment, a pre-surgery room, an X-ray zone, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a hospital ward and another ward for neonatal care. The laboratory carries out blood, parasitology and microbiology analyses and histopathology studies, which are all done routinely on all the animals at Terra Natura to monitor their health. The clinic also has an exclusive zone for doing autopsies, which allows us to conduct an in-depth study of diseases, plus a sample repository for storing samples for future studies.

The quarantine building, opposite the clinic, has a wide variety of facilities for holding different species of animals in quarantine, from small birds to large mammals. On arrival at the park, all the animals are kept in quarantine for 30 days and during this period they are checked and tested to make sure they are free from parasites or infectious diseases which might be transmitted to other animals.

The work of the veterinary team continues in the park, where they visit the animals in their enclosures to examine them or treat them if necessary. Many simple treatments and procedures are carried out in the animal’s own enclosure as it feels more relaxed in its familiar environment. For more complex procedures, such as surgery, X-rays, etc., the animals are transferred to the veterinary clinic. However, sometimes it’s easier to take all the equipment and material necessary for a procedure to the animal rather than vice versa, this being the case of the Indian rhinos and the elephants!

 

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