TAMPA, Fla. – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa worked alongside other volunteers to perform surgery on two tigers at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Monday.
Dr. Tammy Miller Michau, a board-certified ophthalmologist, and Dr. Sami Pederson, an ophthalmology intern performed eye surgery on Nikita, a 19-year-old tiger and Zeus, an 18-year-old tiger. They were assisted by Dr. Liz Wynn, the primary veterinarian for Big Cat Rescue.
Nikita had a ruptured cornea in his right eye repaired. He was previously seen by Michau two years ago for the same surgery on his left eye.
Zeus was recently rescued from New York four months ago, and it was noted at that time that he had a problem in his right eye. His overall health and condition were so poor, however, that a procedure on his eye was delayed until he was healthier and gained some weight. Zeus had a loose cataract and some other complications with his right eye.
Additionally, Dr. Justin Boorstein, a volunteer veterinarian with Big Cat Rescue, performed a castration on Zeus while he was under anesthesia so that he could be introduced to a female companion.
“BluePearl Veterinary Partners works closely with Big Cat Rescue, and they’re a major asset to our internship and residency training programs,” said Michau. “It provides us the opportunity to teach our younger interns and residents about the different medical conditions and challenges associated with these big cats.”
Big Cat Rescue is a nonprofit sanctuary devoted to ending the trade in wild cats as pets, props and for their parts.
Anyone interested in donating to Big Cat Rescue should visit bigcatrescue.org/donate
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 1,800 team members including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.