2016 Year in Review: Leigh-Ann Horne, Licensed Veterinary Technician

It’s time to look back on 2016! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2016 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Early this year, the vet staff had the opportunity to assist the medical team from the National Zoo with a study comparing anesthetic protocols in Black Bears. It was an exciting chance to perform clinical skills that I do not get to practice often on our typical patients, and it allowed for the contribution to research that might enable improved treatment of large mammals outside of a hospital setting.

Working in a teaching hospital, I am excited by the prospect of not only helping with the care of the bears but also in playing a part in helping to provide options for safely and effectively sedating large mammals (when a fully equipped hospital may not be available) to future researchers and veterinary professionals. I am looking forward to reading the results of the study when it is possibly published, and to hopefully having more opportunities to collaborate with other wildlife colleagues to further wildlife conservation.

--Leigh-Ann

Keep checking the Wildlife Center's blog for more year-end posts this week!