Medical Care at TRR
The Toucan Rescue Ranch has grown in our ability to take in sick and injured animals and provide inhouse care and rehabilitation. In 2013 a small veterinary clinic was built at headquarters in San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica. Generous donations allowed TRR to equip the clinic with an anesthesia machine, bandaging supplies, ultrasound machine, medications, etc. The clinic has been in constant use since its completion. Today, we are nationally recognized for our successful medical work on rescued wildlife. To ensure the utmost care and recovery the Toucan Rescue Ranch works with orthopedic surgeons, pathologists, radiologist, and physical therapists who visit headquarters to perform these practices, as well as, working in collaboration with their premier facilities.
Every animal received undergoes a thorough health check to evaluate what treatments and if necessary surgery needs to be done. An overall observation and/or quarantine period is mandatory for all wildlife brought to our clinic. We have a full-time onsite veterinarian that provides daily treatments and if needed, is able to perform surgery. The Toucan Rescue Ranch also has a handful of highly successful and professional veterinarians that visit our facility on a regular basis. TRR has an accredited Internship Program that invites newly graduated veterinarians, vet technicians, vet nursers, and other medical professionals to learn about wildlife medicine and work hands-on on the clinic.
Most surgeries are done onsite. However, for the procedures we are unable to perform - we've built exceptional relationships with other professionals that enable us to provide the utmost care for rescued wildlife. Procedures we are able to perform onsite include: amputation, anesthesia, physicals, antibiotics, laceration stitching, and so forth.
Much of what medical care we provide at TRR would not be possible without the generous donations.
A Day in the Clinic
The day starts promptly at 7:00 a.m. with kennels lining the walls of the clinic, there’s animals to attend to. This involves cleaning their bedding, feeding and attending to each different species needs. Each animal is given a check- up and updates on their health written down in records. Treatments are administered to those who are prescribed. Throughout the day the animals receive constant care and enrichment, sometimes not ending with sunset and care will continue late into the night. Many of these animals are release candidates which need rehab work and exercise. Other animals in the clinic are orphaned babies in incubators, those with injuries or confiscated animals in quarantine for assessment. A day in the clinic is always an exciting and rewarding experience here at the Toucan Rescue Ranch!
Learn about our Medical Team
Ana María Villada Rosales is the Ranch’s resident and traveling Veterinarian. She graduated from Vet school from the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico and has a Master’s in Conservation Medicine from Murdoch University, Australia. She has worked at zoological collections in Mexico and rescue centers in Australia working mainly with wildlife since graduating University. She oversees the clinic and overall treatments of injured animals, also oversees the caretaking of the sloths and their advancements within the sloth release program. When needed she travels between the Toucan Rescue Ranch’s Release Sites and headquarters for treatments and preventive medicine for the animals.Read more
Janet is the Ranch’s onsite veterinarian. She obtained her DMV from Escuela de Medicina y Cirugía Veterinaria San Francisco de Asís in 2006. During her studies, she worked with Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary 2005-2006 and interned with the Dallas World Aquarium December 2006 (exotics). Janet interned with the Wimberley Veterinary Clinic in Texas in 2007. She opened her private veterinary clinic in Curridabat, San José in 2008, and became a consultant to the zoo in Playa Bonita, Moín, Limón (Paradero Ecotour) in 2008. At the Ranch she conducts examinations, medical logs, procedures and surgeries. She oversees the overall health of all of the animals in the Ranch’s clinic and property. Her role as a veterinarian has evolved into more management tasks since obtaining her MBA.Read more