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Kansas City Zoo photo gallery: Dr. Meredith Wainstein's first patient as a resident
First day on the job
It was the first day of a 3-year residency in Zoological Medicine for Dr. Meredith Wainstein. Here, she speaks with her new mentor, Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM, DACZM, Director of Animal Health at the Kansas City Zoo.
On the way to meet her first patient, Zuri, an African lioness.
Sitting in front of Zuri’s enclosure, waiting for the initial anesthetic drugs to take effect. Dr. Wainstein and Andrea Lowery, senior technician, keep watch over Zuri as she falls asleep and record the time and how Zuri responds to the medications in the dart.
Back at the hospital, checking Zuri’s vitals.
Dr. Wainstein performing an ophthalmic exam.
Placing an endotracheal tube
Placing Zuri’s endotracheal tube. Dr. Wainstein uses a stylet and a laryngoscope with a long blade.
Securing the endotracheal tube
Tying the endotracheal tube in place.
Checking Zuri’s vitals (again).
Dr. Suedmeyer explaining about "tail nails" that lions have.
Obtaining a skin biopsy
Dr. Wainstein obtaining a skin biopsy that will be used for research at other institutions.
A complete ultrasonographic exam is performed.
Back to the enclosure
Returning Zuri to her enclosure.
The complete package
Back to the "Day in the life of a zoo veterinarian" home page
Three-part blog about the zoo encounter
Immobilization and exam for Zuri the lion
Video: An ounce of prevention - examining a lion
Photo galleries of Zuri and her caretakers:
> Meet Zuri, a 5-year-old lioness
> Procedures performed on Zuri
> Dr. Meredith Wainstein's first patient as a resident
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