TAMPA, Fla. – Dr. Tammy Miller Michau, a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Dr. Jessica Stine, a veterinarian with BluePearl’s ophthalmology service, examined the eyes of a kangaroo Tuesday at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa, one of nine nationally recognized veterinary trauma centers in the U.S.
The 5-year-old male red kangaroo, named Little Grey, is one of the more than 12,000 animals that call Busch Gardens Tampa home. The kangaroo was scheduled to have a CT scan performed in hopes of understanding a lung abscess he has developed.
Before the CT scan, BluePearl ophthalmologists performed an advanced eye exam called an ophthalmoscopy. According to Michau, Little Grey’s eyes are in excellent health.
“We’ve been to Busch Gardens and seen their fantastic Animal Care Center where they provide world-class veterinary care to thousands of animals. That makes us even more proud that in the rare instances local zoos, rescues and theme parks need external veterinary service, they choose our state of the art hospital,” said Dr. Erick Mears, medical director of BluePearl in Tampa. “It’s also wonderful to see just how much care and time our partners at Busch Gardens spend on ensuring their animals maintain excellent health and when they do become ill, that they receive the best possible care available.”
While at BluePearl, Little Grey was also given an abdominal ultrasound by a board-certified radiologist. Those results showed no abnormalities.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people 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.