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CROW director presents at conference

By Staff | Oct 16, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Medical & Research Director Dr. Heather Barron recently presented a research talk at ExoticsCon, a conference for veterinary professionals.

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Medical & Research Director Dr. Heather Barron presented a research talk and two masterclasses at ExoticsCon, a conference for veterinary professionals held on Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Missouri.

The talk, titled “Use of Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy as a Novel Treatment for Brevetoxicosis in Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus),” centered around CROW’s research which showed that an intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) solution was a safe and effective treatment for brevetoxicosis, or red tide poisoning. Birds who were given the ILE treatment resulted in a survival rate that was significantly higher with more rapid resolution of clinical symptoms compared to birds who received traditional methods of treatment.

“Sanibel is a bit of an epicenter for red tides and CROW sees patients affected by it every year,” Barron said. “That gives us a unique opportunity to have this be an area of research focus and learn ways to better treat wildlife affected by it.”

Barron and the other researchers collaborating on the study, which was funded by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program and the Association of Avian Veterinarians, have yet to publish the full findings, but hope to do so soon.

In addition, Barron presented two masterclass sessions. She presented “Floods, Fires, Spills and Blooms – The Avian Practitioner and Natural Disasters” with Dr. Michelle Hawkins and “Avian Wound Management” with Dr. Rebecca Duerr, from the International Bird Rescue in California.

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Heather Barron with Dr. Michelle Hawkins.

The talk and sessions were sponsored by the Lafeber Company and Emeraid.

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Rebecca Duerr with Dr. Heather Barron.