Scientific Works Series C. Veterinary Medicine

PRINT ISSN 2065-1295, ISSN-L: 2065-1295, ISSN CD: 2343-9394,ISSN ONLINE 2067-3663


Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXVI, Issue 2
Written by Iulia-Alexandra PARASCHIV, Raluca-Ioana RIZAC, Teodoru SOARE, Emilia CIOBOTARU-PÎRVU, Manuella MILITARU

Diagnosis in captivity bird pathology requires, in most cases, gross postmortem examination and is a valuable tool regarding potential zoonosis, improving husbandry conditions or establishing the cause of disease, which, sometimes cannot be completed in live birds by the clinician. The present paper is a study of 35 captivity bird cases, belonging to different species, submitted to postmortem diagnosis at the Department of Pathologic Anatomy, from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest. Results showed that different instruments and multiple approaches for examination and evisceration are required depending on the size of the bird, from ophthalmologic scissors and blades to instruments used in mammal necropsy. Regarding necropsy technique, feather examination showed stress bars for two cases and eight cases of self-mutilation, marking the importance of husbandry conditions. In addition, changes in the air sacs, internal organ topography and modified organ size were revealed in seven cases. Autolysis was present in 10 cases, due to improper or long conservation, compromising diagnosis or histopathologic examination. In conclusion, necropsies of birds kept in captivity require special care and knowledge, both in preparation and during the examination.

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