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Wednesday, May 25 • 11:30 - 12:30
Kangaroos and cataracts. Nutrition, health and welfare of hand reared orphan kangaroos.

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This presentation will examine the role of nutrition in the development of cataracts in orphan hand reared kangaroos as well as general health and welfare. I will be presenting my latest research findings which have built upon my original research published in Nature. Although it has been generally accepted, as a result of my original research, that kangaroo joeys are lactose intolerant and develop diarrhoea when fed cow’s milk, my research findings that kangaroos are also unable to metabolise galactose and can therefore develop cataracts has not gained universal acceptance. This has been one of the reasons for the continuing debate about the most appropriate milk substitute for orphan kangaroos. Cataracts continue to be seen sporadically in hand reared kangaroos, anecdotally, especially in those fed milk substitutes high in galactose. This presentation, based on my latest research will clarify the situation. The presentation will also examine the welfare and ethical aspects of hand rearing orphan kangaroos


Tanya Stephens

Haberfield Veterinary Hospital
Tanya Stephens is a small animal practitioner who established her own practice and very much enjoys practice. She is also a wildlife researcher with original research on galactosaemia in kangaroos. Tanya’s interests lie in animal welfare, research, evidence based practice, professional... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 11:30 - 12:30 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre

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