Dr. Petritz’s Lecture was a Hit and Included a Special Guest!

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Dr. Olivia Petritz gave a hit lecture on the common diseases of backyard poultry twice in April, once in our Los Angeles and once in Woodland Hills. In addition to preparing a very interesting lecture, Dr. Petritz was also able to set up a microscope under which our guests were able to look at different species of chicken lice! The biggest surprise came from her lecture in Woodland Hills though, where Dr. Martin Dinnes was one of our attendees.

Dr. Dinnes has an incredibly impressive veterinary career that spans over 50 years, including creating innovative medical protocols for zoological animals. He invented and developed the Telinject system for remotely injecting reptiles, mammals, and birds, making for a quick and safe method to deliver medication to exotic animals. Dr. Dinnes was also one of the eight veterinarians chosen by the American Veterinary Medical Association to form the American College of Zoological Medicine.

We were so very honored to have such a prestigious veterinarian in our audience that night, not to mention the very reason zoo and exotic medicine exists! We would like to thank Dr. Dinnes for all of his contributions to veterinary medicine and for attending our continuing education lecture.

If you would like to attend a lecture at our hospital, please contact Jillian Kassel at jkassel@accessvets.com for more information.

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Dr. Olivia Petritz with Dr. Martin Dinnes

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Dr. Petritz is published… Again!

Many people don’t know that veterinarians are constantly working to better themselves and veterinary medicine as a whole through research.

Our veterinarians routinely publish in established veterinary journals and textbooks and Avian & Exotics specialist Dr. Olivia Petritz is no exception! In addition to being published fourteen times since 2012, Dr. Petritz recently wrote a chapter for the textbook “Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery.”

We are so proud of her and can’t wait to read more from our doctors and specialists!

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Harvey the Heartthrob…

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Harvey, a beautiful male, neutered Flemish Giant rabbit, visited our Exotics department at ACCESS Los Angeles last week.

Harvey was rescued off of death row from the Downey Shelter by Too Many Bunnies Rescue founder, Linda. At the time, Linda was only able to take three rabbits from the shelter, but after meeting Harvey she made arrangements and rescued four. Since then, Harvey has been with the rescue for about five years, touring schools and helping to educate students about animals and how to be helpful, responsible pet owners.

Harvey also has a “wife” named Lola, who is a big, fluffy Angora rabbit that loves spending time with Harvey. At home, Harvey enjoys his life with Linda, Lola, and the other rescue rabbits who are waiting for loving forever homes. We were so thankful for the opportunity to meet such a wonderful rabbit and spend time with Linda-Harvey won the hearts of absolutely everyone in the building at ACCESS and was loving all of the attention!

If you have any medical questions about your bunny, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Olivia Petritz or Dr. Karen Schachterle at 310-558-6100 and be sure to check out Too Many Bunnies at www.toomanybunnies.com/about-us.html

Below: Harvey takes the focus from Leah Basinais, our Director of Operations.

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Tails from the road… Shake your tail feather!

Dr. Karen Schachterle and Jillian, our Director of Community Relations, hit the road and braved the heat to bring a lecture on Avian Physical Exams & Clinical Techniques to Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital.

The seven doctors in attendance loved having a Lunch and Learn so they can work with us to provide the best care for all the different types of birds they may encounter and the clients who love them. Thanks BVH for having ACCESS at your beautiful practice!

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A Wild Rabbit’s Wild Ride…

Piston is a young male rabbit that is believed to be about one year old. The little bunny came to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital, Los Angeles, after a long ride from Nevada to Manhattan Beach—inside the engine of a Toyota Sienna! Luckily, technicians at the Manhattan Beach Toyota Dealership were able to remove Piston from the engine. Avian and exotics specialist, Dr. Olivia Petritz, examined Piston and found no injuries. Miraculously, this wild little guy was in great condition! He is still doing well and has plans to be released by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

It is important to note that only licensed wildlife rehabilitators are legally allowed to care for wild animals. Please contact your local wildlife rehabilitation center if you find a sick or injured wild animal.

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From Dino Doc to Exotics Doc…

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Olivia Petritz, DVM, DACZM, joined ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital, Los Angeles, in the fall of 2013 to head up our new Avian and Exotics department. Although her future was fairly clear cut, Dr. Olivia Petritz has had a few very exciting moments along the way. We sat down with Olivia to find out what led her to veterinary medicine and learn more about her.

How did Dr. Petritz decide she wanted to work with animals?
She has always loved animals and science. Since childhood, Olivia was certain she wanted to be a paleontologist. “I wrote letters to Paleontologists all over the world from the time I was five to about eighth grade. I have big manila envelopes full of letters from about 40 countries.” Once in high school, Olivia went to visit paleontologists in several museums and realized she wanted to work with living animals. Despite her change in occupation, the Brontosaurus still has a place in her heart.

What is her favorite animal?
Great Danes and Guinea Pigs. Why? “They have great personalities!”

Why exotic animals?
Dr. Petritz’s first job was at the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana, which housed several species of big cats, primates, birds, lizards, and more. At 18 years old, Olivia Petritz was simply cleaning cages and assisting staff to make sure the animals were happy and properly cared for; but she fell in love with the idea of being an exotics/zoo veterinarian and having the knowledge to treat all species. This job inspired her to become the avian and exotics specialist she is today!

What is the coolest procedure Dr. Petritz has ever done?
As a resident, Dr. Petritz treated an electric eel that had swallowed a plastic bag. “It swallowed not only the food in the bag but the whole bag as well! The bag got stuck in its mouth, and the eel couldn’t spit it out. We anesthetized the eel, removed the bag with an endoscope, and the eel did great!”

What is her favorite procedure to do?
Abscess surgery on any species. Dr. Petritz likes being able to fix, clean, and help heal patients with these infections.

Does Dr. Petritz collect anything?
“Masks. I have some from about nine different countries!”

Where is her favorite place to visit?
Dr. Petritz went to South Africa as a veterinary student. There, she helped dart and anesthetize rhinos, wildebeest and giraffe, and learned about conservation medicine. She fell in love with the country and was even able to extend her trip to see more of the area.

What’s her favorite dish?
“Anything with mashed potatoes—I’m still Midwest at heart!”

What about the Norman Rockwell painting?
Dr. Petritz’s father has been a Normal Rockwell historian for over 30 years, and has interviewed numerous people who modeled for the famous artist. Through her father’s hobby, she was able to meet the man who was the subject of Rockwell’s 1961 “The Veterinarian.” She even has a signed copy framed and hanging in her office.

What does she consider to be her greatest achievement?
“Becoming boarded in zoo and exotic medicine.” Dr. Petritz happens to be the first American and the second person in the world to become a board-certified veterinarian under the sub-specialty ZCA (Zoologic Companion Animal) in the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM).

What is one thing Dr. Petritz would like to tell pet owners?
Become knowledgeable about your pet before purchasing or adopting. It is so important to know about their diet, husbandry, life expectancy, and more before bringing your new family member home!

Dr. Olivia Petritz is one of over a dozen skilled and interesting doctors at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals, but one of less than 200 to be board-certified in her specialty worldwide. She brings cheery optimism, fierce knowledge, and passionate dedication to each patient she works with, and we are thrilled to call her part of our team. Dr. Petritz is available by appointment Monday through Friday, but is on-call 24×7 for emergencies with the assistance of our emergency department.

 

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