Improving Animal Care with a New X-ray Machine

Improving Animal Care with a New X-ray Machine

Calgary Wildlife would like to thank Calgary Foundation and another anonymous foundation for donating the necessary funding to purchase a new X-Ray machine. Calgary Wildlife is a fully functional veterinary hospital that is certified by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA). Dedicated to providing professional veterinary treatment to patients belonging to the over 400 species living within the Calgary area, Calgary Wildlife receives more than 2,400 injured or orphaned wildlife each year, all of which receive a medical exam upon their arrival. Having a reliable, portable X-Ray machine on-site plays a crucial role in allowing Calgary Wildlife to continue meeting patient needs by increasing treatment efficiency and therefore wildlife health and well-being. As city limits expand, human activity increasingly encroaches upon wildlife habitats. Many of the animals received by Calgary Wildlife have been injured because of some contact with humans, human activity or alterations to their habitat, therefore, there is a growing need for careful medical intervention services for Calgary’s species. Calgary Wildlife addresses this need by providing expert and informed care.

This X-Ray machine will serve Calgary Wildlife for many years capturing detailed images of wildlife injuries, allowing Calgary Wildlife’s technicians to assess the animal as quickly and safely as possible, reduce wildlife stress, and enhance the efficiency of diagnosis and treatment. Understanding the extent of a wild animal’s injuries guides the process for delivering veterinary care. This is the first step to the patient’s on-going recovery, rehabilitation, and release.

Calgary Wildlife is grateful for this donation and the important role it has played in contributing to Calgary Wildlife’s mission to provide expert and compassionate care to injured and orphaned wildlife, allowing the necessary capture of countless X-Ray images each week for a wide range of patients.

A hawk with multiple ulna fractures

A magpie suffering bullet implantation from a pellet gun

A pelican with a bilateral fracture of the tarsametatarsus

A pigeon with a fracture of the ulna

A porcupine being evaluated for injury