Meet the National Zoo’s dietary Dr. Doolittle
August 2, 2022As senior nutritionist and head of the department of nutrition science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., Mike Maslanka has a lot of hungry mouths to feed each day: nearly 1,800 across 360 species ranging from Asian elephants to black pacus, a fruit-eating relative of the piranha.
Unique pets call for exotic monitoring
July 29, 2022While some veterinarians will commonly treat birds, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and fish, others might have a patient list where frequent visitors include bearded dragons, snakes, servals, chinchillas, and tortoises. Working with exotic patients is a very widespread area in veterinary medicine, and each doctor has their own species niche.