Rhino surgeon in the morning, snake healer by evening! Follow along as we keep up with National Geographic featured Dr. JB Minter. Dr. Minter is the Director of Animal Health and zoo veterinarian at the North Carolina Zoo in Ashboro, NC.
- 8:15 am– Morning rounds with staff to talk about the active cases at the Zoo and what the plan is for the day.
- 8:45 am– Ophthalmic recheck of a red wolf puppy that had developed a bullous keratopathy (an eye disorder that involve swelling of the cornea). The lesion has been healing well and this was one of Dr. Minter’s scheduled checks of the day. (Just zoo veterinarian things!)
- 9:15am– First check of the day is one of their female elephants, Nekhanda. She had been stung by a yellow-jacket the day before on her eyelid. Dr. Minter checked on the progress of the swelling this morning.
- 9:30am– Wound treatment for Olivia, a geriatric Southern white rhino. Fun fact: white rhinos can live up to 50 years!
- 10:00am- Wound recheck for a Spine-headed tree frog. Unsure how the frog injured itself, but the lesion has completely healed. This animal will be removed from medical monitoring.
- 10:45am- Neonatal exam for a fringe eared oryx calf on the Grassland habitat. Exam was performed and the calf was deemed as healthy. The care staff returned this baby to the herd.
- 11:15am- Recheck of a potential follicular mass on Pearl, one of our female ostriches on the Grassland habitat.
- 11:45am- Check on a reported lameness in a Blue-crowned laughing thrush at the avian propagation building.
- 12-1:30pm- Lunch 😊 and some email checking. Superheroes have to eat too, right?
- 1:30 pm- Recheck bloodwork on a sick Virgin Island Boa
- 2:00pm- Work up, including a physical exam, radiographs and ultrasound of a Mabee’s salamander
- 3:00pm- Wildlife center exams- Rechecked a young eastern box turtle that had an aural abscess surgery. The turtle appears to be completely healed and will be released in the next few weeks. Also rechecked a red eyed vireo nestling with a bruised right leg.
- 4:00-5:30- Working on records and answering emails.
That’s all in a zoo vet’s days work! If you’d like to follow along with Dr. Minter, check him out on Instagram @dr.jbminterdvm.