COMMUNITY · April 24th, 2021

Celebrating World Veterinary Day

At NVA, our veterinarians and animal care staff do hero’s work. As an international community with hospitals on three continents, together, we help improve the comfort and well-being of animals across borders, time zones, and cultures.

In honor of World Veterinary Day, we’re celebrating you and the global impact you have on the lives of animals and people who love them. The eight stories below are just a tiny fraction of the millions of miracles you make happen each year, but remind us of the countless ways we make lives better. On World Veterinary Day, and every day, thank you.

4 Paws Veterinary Clinic | Sydney, Australia

After the 2020 brushfires, Dr. Tanya Soo volunteered to treat this weak and dehydrated 16-week-old Eastern Grey Kangaroo. The joey’s mother had been so severely burnt that she could no longer care for her baby. “This unique experience reignited my passion as a veterinarian,” said Dr. Soo. “It’s a gift to be able to help animals and local wildlife when they are sick, or injured.”



Taradale Veterinary Hospital | Napier, New Zealand

When a Little Blue Penguin entangled its leg in a fishing line, Dr. Paige Simpson raced against the clock to save its crucial limb. This Kororā, as it’s known locally, couldn’t survive in the wild otherwise. Luckily, Dr. Simpson and team removed the line and nursed it back to health before returning it to its habitat. “He’s a lucky little penguin,” said Dr. Simpson. “Most entangled birds aren’t so fortunate. Being able to help our native wildlife when we can drives our whole team.”  Watch the full story on Napier’s local news here.


Companion Animal Surgery | Singapore

Three-year-old Mario’s leg fracture would not heal, and the pain became so unbearable the only option was amputation. After a successful but difficult surgery, Veterinary Technician Yasser Cabansag knew Mario and his parents needed their spirits lifted and created a superhero outfit out of his bandages. “Little Mario lost his leg but earned his wings for being a brave doggo!” he said. “We aim to do everything possible to help keep pets safe, happy, and healthy.” Today brave Mario is healthy and well, and showing three legs are as good as four.


Toowoomba Veterinary Hospital | Toowoomba, Australia

Alfie, a three-week-old calf, was born with six legs. The only way for him to grow normally was to remove the two extra limbs on his shoulder. The complex procedure would not be easy, but the Toowoomba team wanted to give Alfie the best possible life. After a lengthy surgery, the legs were removed. “He’s a healthy little calf running around now,” said Dr. Molly O’Connell. “Our job changes on the fly, and I’m marveled at how quickly our whole team can adapt to a new patient or situation.” Watch the full story on Toowoomba’s local news here.


St Johns Veterinary Hospital | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

A  severe gunshot wound nearly cost this beautiful young peacock his leg and his life. Dr. Ashley Siders worked quickly to place a pin in the fractured leg to help stabilize the area. The peacock then recovered in rehab until his leg fully healed. “It’s truly an incredible experience to interact and help all of these species,” said Veterinary Technician Laura Norton. “We’re so passionate about caring for all animals, domestic and wild.”

View more images of St Johns’s peacock patient here


Mountainside Animal Hospital | North Vancouver, Canada 

When 5-year-old Ruby was hiking on a local trail with her mom, a stray, sharp stick suddenly pierced  her chest. “It was a deep puncture which extended through the muscle and exposed part of her sternum,” said the team. Dr. Courtney Parsons and Head Technician Steve Shaw closed up the wound, saving her life. “Ruby went home with the dreaded cone and some antibiotics but is now on the road to recovery,” said the team. Watch Ruby’s visit and treatment at Mountainside Animal Hospital here.



Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists | Annapolis, Maryland, USA

In January, Stella collapsed in her yard after experiencing a C2-3 concussive non-compressive disc herniation. Suddenly, she was paralyzed and unable to use her limbs. Months of daily comprehensive rehab and unyielding support from her parents resulted in her recovery. Today she’s able to walk and run with a big grin on her face. “No matter their physical limitations, we strive for them to have the most fulfilling and enriched life possible,” said the team.  Watch the before and after of her recovery here.


Massachusetts Equine Clinic | Uxbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Mass Equine’s first foal of 2021 hit the ground at 5 a.m. The mare’s owners were sure it would be a filly, so they knitted a pink outfit. To their surprise, it was a handsome colt instead. Dr. Amanda Steneck, Dr. Susan Galanthay, and Intern Dr. Emma Stapley worked closely with the pair to help them bond and adjust. “We were thrilled to start foaling season on such an adorable and healthy note,” said the team. Today this foal has become quite the stud, though pink remains his signature color. View more photos of the pair here.

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