Clinic & Medical Care
The Toucan Rescue Ranch has grown in our ability to take in sick and injured animals and provide in-house care and rehabilitation. In 2013 a small veterinary clinic was built at headquarters in San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica. Generous donations allowed TRR to supply the clinic with equipment and a wide range of medical supplies. Since 2013, the clinic has been in constant use since. Today, we are nationally recognized in wildlife medicine and work with orthopedic surgeons, pathologists, radiologist, and physical therapists who visit headquarters to perform these practices, as well as, work in collaboration with their premier clinic facilities.
At TRR every animal received undergoes a thorough health check, quarantine, and evaluation of what treatments are needed. An overall observation and/or surgery is performed if necessary for all each patient. We have a full-time onsite veterinarian that provides daily treatments and surgeries. The Toucan Rescue Ranch works with a handful of renowned veterinarians along with a professional Internship Program that invites newly graduated veterinarians, vet technicians, vet nurses, and other medical fields to learn about veterinary medicine.
The medical care we provide at TRR would not be possible without the generous donations of supporters.
Rescuing Wild Animals
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
Why have Resident Animals?
An animal that is brought to TRR with severe injuries that will prevent it from eating, hunting, climbing, flying, foraging, or supporting itself independently in the wild is considered unreleasable. TRR has an extensive Release Program for orphaned sloths, various bird species, and other mammals. Animals that are desensitized to humans due to human interaction (like being kept as a pet) are considered unfit for release. This is because animals risk being captured and reintroduced into the black market as an illegal pet and could face animal neglect and abuse. As well as, have the chances of dying due to insufficient understanding of wild behaviors. Examples of non-releasable animals are parrots kept in someone’s home for years, an owl that has a missing wing, monkeys brought as orphans and do not have a troop to be released with, etc.
All rescued animals belong to Costa Rica and the wildlife governing body known as MINAE. The wildlife ministry monitors our activities, but do not contribute financially. As caretakers for wildlife, we are responsible for the cost of their medical care, diets, housing, special demands, and so forth. We do educational walks, have an authentic guesthouse experience, and have a symbolic adoption program to raise money to care for rescued wildlife.
TRR rescues wildlife with the intention of releasing the animal back into its natural environment. If TRR has the capacity to completely rehabilitate the animal from its former injuries/condition, then, with collaboration with MINAE, we release that animal back into its habitat.