Purdue Trained Specialist Comes to Aid of Bear Cub after Wild Fire

July 30, 2013

For Dr. Ryan Taggert, who completed his Purdue small animal surgery residency in 2012, “Redondo” was anything but a typical patient at the VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center, where he works in Albuquerque, N.M.   As reported by Albuquerque’s KOB Channel 4 Eyewitness News, Redondo is a bear cub that was rescued by firefighters when they saw it in a tree crying following a wild fire in the Los Alamos New Mexico forest.  KOB TV Co-anchor Nicole Brady explains in the story that the bear cub burned his paws and suffered a fractured leg. The TV crew was on hand when Redondo was brought to Dr. Taggart for surgery to repair his fractured front limb.

After the successful surgery, Dr. Taggart commented in the interview, “The only thing I worry about as a surgeon is that these darn bears are going to do whatever they want afterwards and I only get to see them today and hope everything's going okay." The bear was to be transferred to a wildlife center where he could recover until he is ready to be placed back into the wild. 

Dr. Taggart

Kudos to Dr. Taggart for the successful surgery, and for wearing his Purdue cap in the interview!  To see the story, click the image above.  Dr. Taggart earned his DVM degree from Cornell University in 2005, and then served three years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Mississippi State University before coming to Purdue for his residency.  During the final year of his residency, Dr. Taggart became the first Purdue resident to receive both the Katie McAllister Compassion Award and the Dr. Ann L. Johnson and Dr. Walter E. Hoffman Resident Teaching Award.  To view Dr. Taggart’s profile on the VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center website, click here.


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Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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