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Student works with endangered wolves at Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo

This past spring senior veterinary student Jimmy Johnson had the opportunity to work with the Chicago Zoological Society at the Brookfield Zoo planning immobilization protocols for Mexican grey wolves. In addition, Johnson performed the wolves' physical exams, drew blood, and assisted with CT scans to screen for nasal adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that is thought to target wild dog populations such as Mexican grey wolves. Nasal adenocarcinomas can be detected with CT scans of the skull to see if the animal, in this case an endangered wolf species, shows any sign of nasal tumors.  Afterwards, Johnson assisted with and monitored the recoveries of the five wolves. Read more about nasal adenocarcinomas and Chicago Zoological Society's work with Mexican Wolves on National Geographic's website.

More information about this study can be found at the Chicago Zoological Society website:

In addition, this work was featured in the Chicago Tribune:



About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:14am