OFV Services

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY

Only the most modern practices are used. We fix fractured and broken bones. The main techniques used are intramedullary pinning with external coaptation.

SOFT TISSUE SURGERY

We operate from simple minor skin injuries to complicated surgeries of the head, crop and muscles.

SEPTICEMIA TEST

Bacterium Infection of the blood, caused by a bacterial infection somewhere in the body entering the blood stream.

SALMONELLA TESTING (RAPID TESTING)

Gram negative bacteria that can infect falcons.

ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY TEST

Test the susceptibility of antibiotics on different strains of bacteria. Identify which Antibiotic is more successful in treating bacterial infection.

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY

Blood obtained from the falcons is prepared for analyzing different biochemistry parameters to examine the overall health status of the falcon.

RENAL PANEL

Assess the kidney function. We measure minerals, glucose and other parameters.

ELECTROLYTES & BLOOD GAS ANALYSIS

Measure the levels of electrolytes and gases in the blood. From these tests we can evaluate lung function, and the acid – base balance that may give us an indication into the possibility of a respiratory or kidney disorder.

MICROBIOLOGY

Bact Alert unit to analyses any liquid samples for the presence of bacteria or fungi.

BACTERIOLOGY

Analysis and identification of bacteria.

MYCOLOGY

Analysis and identification of Fungi.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Mycology, Virology and Bacteriology Analysis using PCR

GENDERING

Identify the gender of falcons genetically.
Gene Sequencing of Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens

LIVER PANEL TEST

Check the functionality of the liver and how well it is performing. We measure the blood levels of Albumin, Total Protein and liver enzymes.

BILE ACID TEST (SNAP)

Is a test to indicate liver disease. We can examine the efficiency of the liver to clear bile acid from the blood.

Endoscopy

Inspection through inserting a long, thin tube directly into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail.

Tracheoscopy

Inspection of the wind pipe and the lower airways.

Laparoscopy

A small incision is made near the abdomen and an endoscope is inserted to inspect the internal organs.

Gastroscopy

Inspect the crop and gizzard of the falcon.
Removal of foreign bodies by endoscopy – After inspecting the falcon internally we can remove foreign bodies such as dead worms (Serratospiculum) and lead pellets.

X-Ray

Ventro / Dorsal position.
Lateral position.

PRELIMINARY LABORATORY

TLC (Total leukocyte count) – Measures the total number of white blood cells.
PCV (Packed Cell Volume) & Hb (Hemoglobin) – To assess the anemic and dehydration status.
DLC (Differential Leukocyte Count) – Is used to assess the toxemic / septicemia changes of the blood cells.

Faecal analysis

Preliminary method used to diagnose parasitic infestation.
Crop Swab analysis – Is a preliminary test used to detect protozoa, ova of parasites, candidasis and bacterial infections
Blood analysis for Lead poisoning – Using the LEADCAREII system.

General Checkup

Nose clean – Check and clean by flushing both nostrils with warm normal saline.
Eye clean – Using Optrex
Ear clean – Generally using antibiotic ear drops when needed.
Oral Pharyngeal Cavity – Visual examination for clinically significant lesions.
Glottis – Visual examination of obstructive lesions of pathologic changes.
Dehydration – By skin tenting.

REGISTRATION

Falcons are registered and given a specific record number so we can keep a history.

ID CARD

ID cards are available to be used to identify the falcon. The hospital ID card is needed to apply for a falcon passport.

MICRO-CHIPPING

We advise all falconers that visit the hospital to micro-chip their falcon. This will help to identify the falcon in future.

FALCON LEG RING

Owners can have their name and telephone number engraved on a ring and attached to the leg of the falcon. Different sizes and colors are available.

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