Avian & Exotics

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(EX43) Giraffe Hoofcare & Maintenance: So Much More Than a Pedicure

Monday, March 5
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
MBCC, Palm D, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Giraffe are one of the most commonly kept hoofstock in zoos, and they commonly present with lameness that is traced to originating from the fetlock and distal on the foot. Proper hoof maintenance, including training for awake voluntary hoof trims, proper radiographic technique and interpretation and treatment options will be discussed.

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Eric Klaphake

Associate Veterinarian
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Born and raised in Nebraska, graduate of Ripon College (WI) and Kansas State University (1997 grad), 12 years exotic/small animal private practice and various zoo relief work, split up by a 3 year residency at University of Tennessee in Avian and Zoological Medicine and Surgery. He is currently an associate veterinarian at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. Really likes letters after his last name--DABVP (Avian Practice), DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian Practice) & DACZM. He has enjoyed chasing wolverines, American martens, lesser scaup, sagebrush songbirds, sage grouse, pika, various reptiles/amphibians, and Cape vultures in the wild. A Past-President of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, he likes to hear himself talk a lot at conferences and has trouble saying no to writing chapters/articles about things he has no business writing about. In his spare time, he likes trail running.


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