When an 18-stone tiger needed root canal treatment it required more than a simple visit from a vet dentist – as staff at Blackpool Zoo discovered.

dentistry
Dual-qualified vet and human dental surgeon Alex Smithson worked with a 10-strong team to treat and repair an Amur tiger’s damaged teeth.

When Amur tiger Alyona needed an operation to treat and repair four damaged canine teeth, a specialist team of 10 was gathered, including dual-qualified veterinary surgeon and human dental surgeon Alex Smithson, two experienced zoo vets, a resident from University of Liverpool Animal teaching hospital Leahurst, three zoo keepers and a trio of VNs.

Root canal treatment for two of Alyona’s canine teeth was carried out in September 2015. The second stage, completing treatment of all four teeth, was carried out in June this year.

Functioning team

Dr Smithson said: “With a procedure like this, there’s a lot of work involved, with days of organisation, planning, equipment preparation and then operating in testing conditions, so it is essential the team functions together well.

“Everyone was fantastic to work with; enthusiastic, friendly and professional. The net result is a synergistic combination of diverse skills and knowledge, committed to prioritising Alyona’s health and welfare.”

Zoo vets Karen Archer and Andrew Moore worked alongside Dr Smithson, Stefania Scarabelli from Leahurst and VNs Karen Kenning, Claire Bloor and Rachel Wager. Blackpool Zoo’s head keeper Luke Minns and section head of large mammals Adam Kenyon were helped by mammal keeper Lauren Ogden.

 

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

related content

Britain’s exit from the EU offers opportunities for the UK animal health market – including further possibilities for animal medicine businesses to thrive, it says.

4 mins

A parrot with a talent for mimicry has been identified as a serial dog poisoner.

5 mins

Knowledge is power – which, as Nick Marsh discusses, is why vets battle the unpredictability of appointments, satnavs and technical malfunctions to get to meetings.

11 mins

Veterinary dermatologist Charlie Walker, otherwise known as the “Skin Vet”, will discuss “Canine atopic dermatitis: a multi-modal treatment approach” on 27 April.

2 mins

The profession has expressed fears sheep wormer Zolvix could be overused or irresponsibly used after it was reclassified from POM-V to POM-VPS.

5 mins

Vets are being challenged to help researchers from the University of Liverpool as they attempt to establish the impact of fluke infection in horses across the UK.

4 mins