We are very excited that soon Dr. Ling-Min Wang will join our TRC staff. She sent some information about her background in a previous post. She now sends some more information about how she came to know and join TRC. (We also thank her for sharing her photos of Drs. Ponder and Willette!)
"In early Mar, 2012, “2012 SEAZA Avian Veterinary Medicine Training Course” was co-organized by Taipei Zoo and Wildlife First Aid Station. The purpose of the course was to improve the knowledge and techniques of clinical avian medicine for wild animal and zoo vets in Taiwan and other East and Southeast Asian countries. Therefore, I had been asked to invite some specialists from TRC to give lectures. I wrote an e-mail to Dr. Julia Ponder cautiously, and she promised to come to Taiwan immediately. Then, I happily met Dr. Ponder and Willette again in Taiwan!
More than half courses were taught by Drs. Ponder and Willette, and others were conducted by senior vets from Hong Kong Ocean Park, Singapore Zoo, and Taipei Zoo. Some courses were similar to what I had learned from TRC, but others were taught more clinical techniques, such as endoscopic exam and organic biopsy. All participants benefited a lot from the course, so I believed everyone could do better in clinical avian medicine including surgeries and examinations.
|Dr. Willette - birding in Wulai|
|Dr. Ponder - birding in Guandu|
|Dr. Ponder and Giant Panda|
|Drs. Ponder and Willette and a stilt!|