Best-practice guidelines for field-based surgery and anesthesia on free-ranging wildlife. II. Surgery

Christine V. Fiorello, Craig A. Harms, Sathya K. Chinnadurai, Danielle Strahl-Heldreth

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Abstract

The principles of surgical asepsis apply to field surgeries with few exceptions. The minimum level for performance of surgeries in the field on free-ranging animals should be the same as for domestic animals undergoing surgery in animal hospitals. Surgeries in the field are typically done as part of research and management projects and usually involve a combination of biologists and veterinarians with the possibility of conflicts in scientific cultures. This article outlines a minimum standard of care for field surgeries and will serve as a resource for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees and biologists and veterinarians planning projects that involve surgeries on free-ranging wildlife in field conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S28-S39
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Biopsy
  • Field surgery
  • Free-ranging animals
  • Guidelines
  • Implantation
  • Surgery
  • Wildlife

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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