I love being a wildlife veterinarian! However, working with over 160 species means that I need to know about many different types of animals; this makes me more of a generalist (ie. your family doctor) rather than a specialist (ie. an oncologist). When an animal has a problem that I’m unfamiliar with and books aren’t helping, I’m not afraid to call in the true specialist for a second opinion.
This female mallard came into us after being hit by a car. She had some wounds at the base of her beak and some scratches on one eye (a large one is visible in the photo below).
The scratches didn’t heal with typical treatment (antibiotics, pain medications), so I called an ophthalmologist. Luckily, Dr. Olivero from the Animal Eye Clinic in St. Louis Park, is nice enough to volunteer his services for wildlife. He examined the mallard with me and provided additional suggestions for its course of treatment. WRC is very lucky to have boarded veterinary specialists like Dr. Olivero to help our patients when needed.
Thanks to Dr. Olivero, this mallard is well on her way to recovery!