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2019 June Member Spotlight

Clay Hilton is the Jo and Bruce Gunn Endowed Director of Veterinary Technology, and Wildlife Veterinarian at Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He has been an active member of AAZV for over 20 years serving on many committees and representing AAZV in alliance organizations.

Right now, Clay and small cat biologist Dr. Michael Tewes are is busy putting satellite collars on ocelots, bobcats and coyotes that live in the same overlapping areas of the East Foundation’s El Sauz Ranch to determine how and when they use the habitat that they “share”. This type of study looks at habitat use on a very fine scale and it has only been possible due to recent advancements in satellite-collar technology. The collars provide a GPS point every 30 minutes around the clock for four months, at which time the collars are designed to drop off.

Besides being in the field with ocelots, Clay co-authored a chapter entitled “Aflatoxin Inhibits Phagocytic Activity of Macrophages in the Northern Bobwhite and Exacerbates Crippling Loss”, in the book by Nova Publishers (formerly Nova Science) titled, Aflatoxins and Wildlife: Exposure, Problems, Detection, and Control Methods.

Later this year, Clay will be published as a co-author of a book titled, Wild Turkeys of Texas. Clay and the other co-authors were compelled to write this book because Texas is only state that has three subspecies of wild turkeys and this book will be helpful to wildlife managers, veterinarians, and people who enjoy wildlife.

Rather than list all of Clay’s other accomplishments, we suggest you meet Clay to hear it from him. Of course, he is the kind of person that will want to hear about you and your story.

In fact, we want to highlight you here on the AAZV website. Contact us to let us know of your interest in being the next AAZV Member Spotlight.

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