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Confessions of a Therapy Laser Neophyte

Author: Donald W. Stremme, VMD

In this article read about why laser therapy is one of the most exciting new modalities for the treatment of exotic animals.  The article includes:

  • A case study about a limping penguin
  • A case study about a rainbow boa
  • Expanded applications for laser therapy in exotic practice
About the author(s)

Donald W. Stremme, VMD

Dr. Donald Stremme has nearly 35 years experience in small animal and exotics practice, including almost three decades managing his own practice. He has also been the veterinarian for the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, and the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences for nearly two decades. Dr. Stremme graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Zoology and received his V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. During undergraduate school he spent a semester in Germany at the University of Cologne and during veterinary school he worked summers at the University of Hohenheim near Stuttgart, Germany. There he was responsible for water quality and the care of the many research animals, from fish to raptors. He worked under Dr. Gottfried Schubert, a pioneer in fish husbandry and medicine. During his senior year at Penn, he spent two months at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart. He also completed the Aquavet II program and helped care for bats at the Franklin Institute, dolphins and sea lions at Six Flags Great Adventure, and various circus animals. Dr. Stremme has been a member of various professional organizations for many years including the AVMA, PVMA, CVMA, AAZV, ARAV, AAV and IAAAM. He recently served on the AVMA Committee on the Human Animal Bond representing zoos, aquaria, and wildlife. He has been the interim director of Aquavet program, a joint program presented by Penn and Cornell since 2007. Travel has always been an important part of his life and he has recently lead trips to South Africa and Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands.

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