CWD Testing - Antemortem Testing is available for those ranches required due to recent TPWD approval requirements. Tonsillar or rectal biopsies are taken and sent to TVMDL. Please email or call for appointment.
Semen Collection and Artificial Insemination
Semen Collection of whitetail deer bucks are done on your ranch. It is recommended for you to have your anesthesia protocols and set up arranged prior to the day of collection. The semen is evaluated and the cooling process is initiated on the farm in a controlled environment. Processing of the semen is done at Elgin Breeding Service (EBS) in a lab insuring that the highest quality straws are the outcome. Semen can be processed at Sexing Technologies for sexed semen, as well. Please call Dr. Willis (334) 663-6099 (cell) for further information or if you have any questions.
Internal Medicine and Hospitalization
Greater Kudu on IV nutrition
Most exotic hoofstock can be treated on your ranch and the least amount of stress to the animal will produce the most favorable outcomes. Some cases do better in a hospital setting depending on the situation. The baby greater kudu at the left was being treated with intravenous nutrition because he was suffering a negative energy balance from his dam not producing enough milk. He survived and did great after treatment.
Bottle Raising Fawns
Bottle raised fawns present an advantage due to the fact that these animals tend to be quieter and less stressed during management once they make it to adults. They also present a greater challenge, as there are many downfalls to bottle raising as far as general health and immunity, and it is important to have good health protocols in place. MTVA has a special interest in helping you create health and nutritional protocols for all ages of animals and strategizing how to keep a disease free herd.
Dr. Willis performing lumpy jaw surgery on a kangaroo
Lumpy jaw is a condition we see in farm raised macropods that causes severe osteomyelitis (bone infection) of the jaws and can lead to starvation and death. Surgery utilizing antibiotic impregnanted bone cement can be curative, even in extensive lesions.