The year of 2015 was a year of great contributions from Lyon to important organizations in the veterinary and zoological communities. As part of our continuous support, we donated a Critical Care Unit to the ARAV (Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians) and an Avian Nebulizer Unit to the AAV (Association of Avian Veterinarian). These auctions are held annually to fund research grants for scientists and to also help publish reports containing animal medical/conservational based information. With Lyon donating this item, the ARAV was able to fund an entire research grant; these studies usually are completed within a year of the grant being funded.
Here are some examples of grant recipients last year and their research:
- Sarah Alexander (Auckland Zoo) – “Pharmacokinetics of Itraconazole and Voriconazole in Tuatara (Spehodon punctatus)”; the objective is to develop a safe and effective treatment protocol for the fungal pathogen Paranannizziopsis australasiensis (PA).
- James Wellehan (University of Florida) – “Determining the glomerular filtration rate in bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) using contrast-enhanced computed tomography and plasma clearance of iohexol”.
Two projects that were awarded funding this year at the AVV auction are:
- “Evaluation of genetic polymorphisms in the psittacine cholesterol transport pathway”, Joshua Stern, PI, University of California.
- “Evaluation of ExFix-IM pin constructs in tibiotarsus from Buteo jamaicensis”, Duane Robinson, PI, University of California.
Later in 2015, Lyon donated an Incubator to the AZVT (Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians) to contribute funding their annual convention, which was a great success! Lyon also had the pleasure of helping the 2015 AZA Conference (Association of Zoo & Aquariums) by donating one of our Critical Care Units.
The ISIS (International Species Information System) has long been involved in identifying innovative ways for zoo and aquarium veterinarians to share years of medical experience and knowledge accumulated in the ISIS database. The donations provided by corporate sponsors, including Lyon Technologies, are helping to further advance current ISIS species-level analysis, including:
- Current Drug Usage Practices
- General Anesthesia Protocols
- Common Medical Issues
Helping institutions and projects like the ones mentioned above, funding animal conservation programs, as well as science/educational initiatives are what really make us proud.