|Veterinary Students get a Rare Chance to Study Green Iguanas|
STILLWATER, Okla.—Thanks to a Florida zoo, veterinary students at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences were able to see a special dissection of the Green Iguana recently. Drs. Jim Lish and Lara Maxwell presented the class for 15 veterinary students interested in zoo and exotic medicine.
The animals were supplied by a veterinarian at the Metrozoo in Miami, Florida. The zoo was becoming overpopulated with Green Iguanas and had to thin the population. A notice was sent to veterinary schools across the country that the animals would be available for dissection.
Dr. Maxwell is an expert on Green Iguana medicine and has co-authored a book on the subject. She discussed gross anatomy of the Green Iguana, surgical approaches, common clinical procedures, neutering and many more important topics. The largest specimen was 5.5 feet in length.
“Green Iguanas are a common exotic pet sold in many pet shops nationwide,” explains Dr. Lish. “This was a rare opportunity for our veterinary students to learn about these animals.”
Both Drs. Lish and Maxwell are assistant professors in the Department of Physiological Sciences at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.