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Veterinary care of the mute swan
  1. Andrew Routh

    Andrew Routh worked for 13 years in mixed general practice before spending four years as veterinary manager of the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital. More recently, he has worked on wildlife projects in the UK, France, India and Thailand, and is currently temporary veterinary officer for the Institute of Zoology, London. He gained the certificate in zoological medicine in 1997 and is a council member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society.


THE mute swan (Cygnus olor) is the United Kingdom's heaviest flying bird. Many individuals are habituated to human contact and frequent one local area. This leads to strong feelings in the animal-loving community and, because of their high profile, sick or injured swans are often rescued and presented for treatment at veterinary practices.

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