Filling a medication need

So there’s a few medications that aren’t
available in veterinary medicine, especially when it comes to our primates.
With our orangutans in particular is what triggered this relationship is there is
an antibiotic that I wanted to use to treat our orangutan and we just couldn’t
find it in our veterinary suppliers. And since it’s used in the human field we
reached out to Parkview and they were able to help us out. So it’s not unusual for the same drugs that we use in humans to use in animals. From our
perspective, obviously we’re a large hospital, take care of a lot of patients
with a lot of unusual medical needs. The zoo, not quite so many patients but
certainly an equal number of unusual needs. And when something comes up that she doesn’t have in stock and she has an immediate need for it, she reaches out to
us and we check to see if we have it and get it for her. So besides the orangutan that I’m
treating with some nebulized antibiotics, you see our penguins right behind us,
they’re actually on anti-malarial drugs. Same drug that you would use as an anti-
malarial in people, even though we’re treating a different parasite that’s
specific to our birds. We keep a pretty significant inventory of antibiotics, drug used in respiratory diseases, skin diseases, any number of needs we keep on
hand pretty routinely. Something the size of the zoo, they really don’t have that
same luxury or anticipated need, to be quite honest for you, so that does make it a pretty good chance we’re gonna have what they need. Even though my first goal was to
get the one specific medication, one antibiotic for our male orangutan, it has
grown slightly and that it one it’s a cost savings, but it’s also
convenient, and we love relying on a great partner like Parkview. So now we
get our contraceptives for our female orangutans. They’re on birth control just
like people. Now we get some other medications for our goats on the farm
because they’ve got some immune-mediated disease processes that we manage. So I’m sure there’s gonna be more situations that come up with 1,500 animals in the
zoo and there’s always a surprise for me a new challenge with what they present with
me clinically. Parkview is a non-profit, the zoo is a
non-profit, I think there’s a natural alignment in maybe not specific word-for-word mission, but in community benefit mission. And the zoo I think is just a
natural alignment with Parkview. I am just very grateful at one, how accommodating
the staff was, how quickly the partnership formed. Especially in the
pharmacy, but other departments have helped us out as well.
Parkview’s just been a long-standing supporter of the zoo and it really is
helpful on multiple levels. Whether we went there when we were kids, which I did,
took my kids there, which I did, have been there with my grandkids, which I did, you know I mean, you don’t have to be there very long to realize how much
joy the zoo brings to the community. Being able to provide the community with
a place to connect with animals and learn about our conservation efforts, I
think is important and a big part of that is having healthy animals here. We
definitely want all the animals to live long healthy lives here for their
benefit but also for the visitors.

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