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Well, its’ been a very busy day, and I have a lot of paperwork to catch up on now. I won’t put you all through entering medical records and reading scientific papers. Hopefully you enjoyed my #TakeoverTuesday! – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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Whoops, how did this get in there? To be honest, I have a pretty interesting office since I share the space with all the mascot costumes. If I’m going to be working in a storage room, I might as well have fun with it. Just don’t tell the Special Events Department … shhh! #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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One last recheck before heading back to my office. This is Ariel the goat, and she’s recovering from surgery. We had been monitoring her recently for an enlarged udder. We knew that we could remove it if necessary, but didn’t want to put her through surgery if we could find another way. In the end, surgery was the best option, and the procedure went well. She’s acting great and I just need to check on her incision. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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Another ultrasound session, but I still can’t find any baby sloths (hmmm, I wonder if there is a special name for “baby sloth”?). Being a veterinary resident is good because I have back-up whenever I’m not sure of the best course of action. Dr. Sam and Dr. Kate are great mentors and I’ve learned so much from them while I’ve been here at the Zoo. While I may not be an expert sloth ultrasonography (yet!), at least Okra Mae is enjoying the carrot that I gave her. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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The pandas aren’t the only animals that are fluffy and adorable. Nothing for me to do with this fuzzball, but it’s fun to check in on how the milky eagle owl chick is doing. While sometimes the vet staff has to help with chicks, our bird staff really know their stuff. So today I just have to determine how cute he is … you know, for science. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident

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Time to say goodbye to the scaly creatures and hello to the feathered ones. One of the keepers at The Living Treehouse habitat wants me to look at a bird. This bird is a Taveta golden weaver who can only see out of its left eye. When the bird first had eye problems, we had a veterinary ophthalmologist come out and check his eye, but despite our best efforts, we couldn’t save the eye, which is frustrating. That being said, the bird hasn’t seemed to mind. Right now he’s plump and active and would very much rather be flying than here with me. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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Truth be told, I’m a pretty big nerd. And there’s lots of “nerdy” stuff to do at work. One of the interesting gadgets that I’ve been playing with is this magnifier for my phone. I’m checking this alligator lizard for any external parasites. I’m not sure if it’s any better than just using my eyes, but if you don’t try, you’ll never know! (You can also get some pretty cool pictures.) #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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Went over to do an exam on a snake who’s going to live at a different zoo, and I’m already in a bind. This Jamaican boa thought my shirt looked like something fun to explore. Thankfully, Ashley the Herpetology Keeper has my back. Looks like he gets a clean bill of health and gets to move on to his new home. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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The twins are getting so big! And not only are they big – they’re mobile. The Vet Team checks on the cubs every week to make sure the girls are healthy. I used to give them check-ups with them on a table, but now they want to run away from me. Ya Lun looks like she trying to figure out how to escape this interruption in her play time. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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One of the things that’s great about working here is that I get to help teach others how to take care of all these creatures. Throughout the year, we have veterinary and veterinary technical students spend time at the Zoo. Grace is listening to Violetta’s heart and lungs to make sure everything sounds good (it does). She is in her final year of training before becoming a veterinarian. #TakeoverTuesday – Dr. Dan, Vet Resident
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