We are excited to announce that we have invested in a new iCR 3600+ digital radiography system. With a majority of our patients weighing under 5 pounds, standard x-ray equipment does not provide the detail needed. This high-definition equipment provides improved resolution and image clarity, as well as the ability to magnify and adjust images for optimum viewing and interpretation.
We are one of the few clinics in the Southeast to offer this technologically advanced radiographic option, and we are already seeing the benefits of the increased definition, which helps us better serve our patients and clients.
“Quackers” is a Muscovy duck. He was brought to us after his owner noticed him limping on his left leg for a week. Radiographs showed a closed fracture of the leg with some early callous formation due to his attempts to walk on his broken leg.
We performed orthopedic surgery on “Quackers”, removing the excess bone and placing several pins to keep the bone properly aligned during the healing process. The surgery took approximately two hours, and “Quackers” recovered well. He was given antibiotics to prevent infection and analgesics to prevent pain. His owner was instructed to perform gentle physical therapy at home and “Quackers” returned to us for twice-weekly more intense physical therapy sessions under anesthesia to help improve and preserve the leg’s function and range of motion.
After two months of recuperation and therapy, the pins were removed and “Quackers” was given a clean bill of health, ready to return to his flock. Here he is with a couple of his “girlfriends” (he is the one standing in the back), fully recovered and ruling the roost. We are very proud of “Quackers” and his owner for committing to the treatment plan necessary to ensure a good outcome.
CASE UPDATE 10/30/13:
We have just received a message from “Quackers’ ” owner that he is the proud papa of ten adorable ducklings, hatched 10/24/13. Congratulations!
The first stranded sea turtles of the season have been rescued and admitted to the South Carolina Aquarium, and Dr. Biascoechea was there to help with the treatment.
photo courtesy South Carolina Aquarium
Read more about it here: http://seaturtlehospital.blogspot.com/2013/05/first-live-sc-strandings-of-2013.html
The duties of a veterinarian go well beyond diagnosing conditions and prescribing medications; there are papers to be written, case studies to be presented, and publications to be reviewed. Dr. Biascoechea recently reviewed a book on aquatic veterinary medicine. This is not his first review, but it is his most recent. We are proud that he was chosen to review this book.
Adrenal disease is very common in ferrets. Removal of the affected glands remains the treatment of choice, but for those who are not good surgical candidates we now have a non-surgical option. The Suprelorin implant has been proven effective in managing the clinical signs of adrenal disease in ferrets for up to twelve months! Read more about adrenal disease and the implant here: http://virbacferretsusa.com/assets/pdfs/VIRC-12127_Suprelorin_PO_Brochure_prt.pdf and call us to schedule a consultation for your ferret at 843-216-8387. Here’s to healthy, happy ferrets!
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Biascoechea has been certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Avian Practice. The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners was established in 1978 and is accredited by a special committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists.
Dr. Biascoechea mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status. To qualify to sit for the extensive, two-day examination, a veterinarian must complete either a residency program or six years of clinical veterinary practice. In addition, two case reports, references, descriptions of practice procedures, and professional education records must be submitted and pass review. This year’s examination was given on Nov. 4‐5, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Biascoechea was one of only two candidates to pass this year’s exam. We are so proud of his hard work and accomplishment, and pleased to be the only veterinary clinic in the state with a Board-Certified Avian Diplomate!