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Chimp Vet Advisor Annual Report 2003

Chimp SSP Annual Report 2003

Veterinary Advisors

Kathryn C. Gamble DVM, MS, DACZM          Kay Backues, DVM, DACZM

Lincoln Park Zoo                                  Tulsa Zoo

Director of Veterinary Services                   Staff Veterinarian

2001 North Clark Street                        5701 E. 36th Street N.

Chicago, IL 60614                               Tulsa, OK 74115

Ph:  312.742.7722                              Ph:  918.669.6243

Fx:  312.742.7823                              Fx:  918.669.6260

kgamble@lpzoo.org                                kbackues@ci.tulsa.ok.us

 

Health Updates:

  • Veterinary Advisory Group (VAG) recommendations for pre-shipment and quarantine of great apes was written by Vickie Clyde, DVM, of Milwaukee County Zoo and reviewed for application to chimpanzees (Gamble).
  • Appendicitis reported in a young female chimpanzee.  As the animal was a twin, radiographic diagnosis was facilitated by an age-matched comparison.  Surgical resection was successfully completed.

Project Status:

  • Chimpanzee Pathology Request  (Gamble)

A letter was submitted to 30 ISIS holding institutions – electronically or by mail.  It requested that staff veterinarians provide copies of pathology and associated medical reports for 88 chimpanzee deaths (1990-1993).  Data spreadsheets will be produced from the raw data for both primary causes of death and secondary problems identified.

Reports were due on or before 31 August 2003 for all specimens.  Nineteen institutions replied for a total of 43 animals.  The remaining institutions have 18 of 45 animals that are neonatal deaths (less than 7 days of age) and expected to have few records. 

Veterinarians will be contacted by phone throughout September to request missing files.  An offer to duplicate files at Lincoln Park Zoo and return them is made to facilitate data acquisition from institutions with large numbers of reports or reduced administrative assistant staffs. 

Crude assessment for primary causes of death (adults) include cardiopulmonary disease (5), gastrointestinal disease (5), renal failure (4), and musculoskeletal trauma (3).

  • Chimpanzee Parasite Assessment (Backues)

A letter was submitted to 42 ISIS holding institutions – electronically or by fax.  It requested that staff veterinarians complete a survey assessing chimp collection history and perceptions for endo- and ectoparasites.  Data spreadsheets will be produced from the raw data.

Reports are due on or before 30 September 2003 for each institution.  Several iinstitutions have replied to date.  Veterinarians will be contacted by phone throughout October to request surveys. 

Future Projects:

  • Chimpanzee husbandry manual review – veterinary and contraceptive chapters (Gamble, Dierenfeld)
Location

581705 White Oak Road
Yulee, FL 32097 USA

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