An interview with Dr. Siperstein DVM, exotics vet

I had the pleasure of being able to converse with Dr. Siperstein, a practicing exotics vet in the Bay Area, on what being an exotics veterinarian is like. Dr. Siperstein is very passionate about exotics, and has shared many incredible stories about her patients with me and with the pre-vet club on my college campus.

Critter of the Week: Manatee

Common name: Manatee (West Indian) Scientific name: Trichechus manatus Type: Mammal Diet: Herbivore Status: Vulnerable Geographic range: migratory (east coast of U.S., Florida, Gulf of Mexico) Size: 8 to 13 feet, 400 to 1,300 pounds Life expectancy: about 40 years, up to 60 years “He saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea;Continue reading “Critter of the Week: Manatee”

Book Review: All Creatures Great and Small

“In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets andContinue reading “Book Review: All Creatures Great and Small”

Why ‘Tiger King’ does not do tigers justice: “It was never about the animals.”

It’s ironic how Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, the show’s directors, created a documentary about people exploiting tigers yet chose to capitalize off of drama and character quirks instead of focusing on the animal issues.