AZEAH Practice News
Dr. Jay Johnson examined and performed ultrasounds on over 50 desert tortoises in preparation for a sterilization class he's teaching in Las Vegas this week. Dr. Johnson will be instructing over 30 veterinarians and technicians from across the US and Canada how to spay and neuter tortoises in an effort to help control captive tortoise populations.
This week Dr. Bjornebo received her Certification in Aquatic Animal Medicine (CertAqV). This is an honor bestowed onto veterinarians after completing extensive veterinary credentialing program to attain and demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to be competent in aquatic veterinary medicine (including mammals, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates). Congratulations Dr. Heather Bjornebo, DVM, CertAqAV!
Proper nutrition is such an important part of keeping your exotic pet healthy that we strive to offer the best exotic pet foods we can find at both our Mesa and Phoenix hospitals. With carefully selected brands such as Harrison's Bird Foods, Oxbow Animal Health, Wysong, Emeraid and ZooMed, we can help you meet the unique nutritional needs of your birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, turtles and more!
Congratulations to Pia Bartolini, CVT (FL, CO), VTS (Exotics) for becoming an Exotic Companion Animal Veterinary Technician Specialist. In order to receive this certification she had to spend numerous hours studying, preparing case logs that she's been involved with, proving her husbandry knowledge and nursing skills with multiple different species, and then had to pass rigorous testing.
Dr. Jay Johnson taught a Desert Tortoise Sterilization Seminar for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month to help other veterinarians learn how to sterilize male and female tortoises.
Overpopulation of desert tortoises (and other types of tortoise) is a huge concern affecting our native wildlife and pet populations. We strongly encourage all tortoise owners to discuss sterilization of their pet with their reptile veterinarian to help combat this issue.