Diagnostics

Vultures, Condors, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Secretary Bird

Routine examinations: Regular health monitoring should be performed approximately every 12 – 24 months, as needed based on the animal’s age, health status, or other factors or opportunistically.

Procedures

1. Review medical record
2. Physical exam, including BCS
3. Obtain weight
4. Verify or place transponder, band, or other permanent identifier

Diagnostics – Blood

1. CBC and biochemical profile
2. Protein electrophoresis
3. Bank plasma
4. Heavy metal blood values
5. Blood parasite screen

Diagnostics – Faeces

1. Faeces for ova and parasite screen

Diagnostics – Imaging

1. Whole body radiographs if indicated
2. Cardiac and coelomic ultrasound if indicated
3. Digital photographs if indicated

Diagnostics – Other

1. Morphometric measurements if requested
2. [Oral swab, wet mount for Trichomonas screening]

Prophylactic treatments

1. Anthelmintics:
2. Vaccines:
a. WNV vaccine (see WNV protocol for individuals heading to a WNV area)

Quarantine procedures:

1. Quarantined for a minimum of 30 days
2. Same procedures as for routine exam plus placement of transponder
3. Same diagnostics as for routine exam, 3 weekly faecal direct wet mounts/ faecal flotation

Neonatal procedures:

New hatchlings should be opportunistically examined for signs of unabsorbed yolk, congenital defects, body condition, and external parasites.
Blood or feathers should be collected for DNA sexing.

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