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Avian Medicine Students Help
Care for Birds at NC Aquarium

Pelican Oral Exam

Veterinary students (from left) Carolyn Collier and Kathryn Benson assist Dr. Samantha Swisher in giving a resident pelican an oral exam at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

From information provided by Heather Broadhurst, CMAST research technician

The various birds housed at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (NCAPKS) receive annual physicals from North Carolina State University to evaluate and ensure their health status.

This and other veterinary care for the aquarium is routinely provided by Craig Harms, an associate professor of aquatic, wildlife, and zoologic medicine and a team of zoological medicine residents from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine who are based out of the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology. CMAST is a NC State research facility located on Bogue Sound in Morehead City.

There are occasions, however, for capitalizing on the expertise of other veterinarians from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Health Complex in Raleigh and to offer valuable hands-on learning experiences for veterinary students. READ MORE