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Annual animal examinations are this weekend

Media Advisory:

Here is an upcoming event at Georgia Southern University that will provide members of the media with a unique coverage opportunity.

More than 100 animals at the University’s Center for Wildlife Education will receive their annual physical examinations on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20.

The physical exams will be conducted by a group of veterinary medicine students from the University of Georgia. They will be assisted by Georgia Southern students who work at the Wildlife Center. Students who are enrolled in the veterinary tech program at Ogeechee Technical College will also assist with the exams.

A wide variety of raptors, reptiles, amphibians and mammals will be examined by the students. The animals will range from eagles and hawks to pythons and rattlesnakes.

The physical exams benefit the Wildlife Center by helping to keep the animals healthy, and they benefit the vet students by giving them hands-on experience with exotic animals.

The physicals will be conducted from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The group will be breaking for lunch on both days, so please take that into consideration as you are planning your coverage.

If you are interested in covering this event, contact Center for Wildlife Education Animal Resources Manager Scott Courdin at (912) 486-7124 or (912) 681-0831.

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