Kiara Lioness’s surgery was a learning opportunity for veterinary students


Kiara, photo by Kim Pyne.

In the spring of 2015, our staff noticed that one of our sweet, elderly, attention-seeking lionesses—Kiara—began behaving in uncharacteristically aggressive and worrisome ways. It became clear that something had changed Kiara’s habits and temperament.

We determined that changed hormonal cycling patterns we had been monitoring were likely part of Kiara’s drastically changed personality. Our lead veterinarian, Dr. Doug Ray (whom we all call “Dr. Doug”) of The Animal Hospital of Mebane, told us a medical issue with Kiara’s ovaries could be causing abnormal hormone levels. Since Kiara is geriatric and there was no need for her reproductive tract, Dr. Doug suggested we try to alleviate her issues with a spay and exploratory surgery.  This took place in spring 2015. 

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