AniCura Denmark collaborating with Aalborg Zoo and Service Dogs Association

AniCura Denmark is collaborating with Aalborg Zoo to sustain biodiversity

Zoos in Denmark handle several important tasks, such as insemination, breeding programs, nature conservation and research at a very high level. And AniCura is happy to help.

Sometimes the animals need special skills for assessment or treatment and this is an area where AniCura can help. Over the years, we have treated tigers and lions, operated on the eyes of various smaller animals, operated on a chimpanzee, conducted a medical examination on a rare coati, helped with blood samples on exotic animals and much more.

Most recently AniCura helped a rhea in Aalborg Zoo. The bird was persistently lame in one leg and this particular male rhea had genes vital to the breeding program. Therefore, it was crucial to find and treat the cause of its lameness.

The bird was checked in the CT scanner at AniCura Gistrup Dyrehospital and was subsequently treated with both medicine and laser. It later recovered so well that it is now the father of 5 healthy rhea chicks. It is the first time in 22 years that there are rhea chicks at Aalborg Zoo and we are proud and happy to have contributed to this little miracle.

 

National agreement for service dogs in Denmark

The Service Dogs Association (STH) is a non-profit organization that aims to help people with mobility impairment. AniCura Denmark wants to support this important work and has accordingly entered collaboration with STH to provide the best possible treatment for service dogs.

Service dogs can make a huge difference to the life of a disabled user. A service dog can provide new opportunities for the user to have a more independent life. Independence is crucial for quality of life and well-being.

There are many hours of work involved in training service dogs. A service dog’s training takes approximately 1½ years and starts when the puppy is carefully selected at 8 weeks of age. Mental and physical health are given high priority in the selection of potential service dogs. All the candidates are thoroughly examined and their hips and elbows are X-rayed. In addition, all the dogs are mentally tested before they begin their advanced training.

A service dog is invaluable to its user, so AniCura is proud to work with this organization to give these dogs the best opportunity for a long and active life in collaboration with their users.