Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center Nears Completion
Taken from the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) July 2016 newsletter:
Construction on the Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center at ARK 2000 is almost complete. Cabinets, countertops, overhead lighting, and other fixtures are being installed, which will be followed by a number of finishing touches necessary to enable us to move in and begin using this amazing new facility.
One special feature is an X-ray system developed by VetRocket that is durable and portable, allowing us to take high quality, digital images of elephant feet and leg joints that are immediately available for diagnosis. Images can be electronically sent to veterinary specialists when second opinions are needed on special cases. We can also take the unit to our Galt and Amanda Blake sanctuaries for use with other animals. We are excited to integrate this cutting-edge technology into our comprehensive program of veterinary care.
The Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center has been made possible by two generous donors who wish to remain anonymous, and will provide a complete range of veterinary support to the animals at PAWS, greatly enhancing the excellent care we already provide. We are grateful to our major donors, as well as to Dr. Julia N. Allen, PhD, DVM, for underwriting the specialty veterinary equipment, and to Dr. Kristina Wiley, DDS, who last year hosted a special Pat Derby Celebratory Tea to benefit the Wellness Center.