Posts Tagged ‘Dr Lewbart’

by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Toad Surgery

February 4th, 2013

Last week, while checking on the animals at the end of the day, a keeper noticed something amiss with the toad:

The gelatinous bubble between the toad’s legs should not be there.

Dr. Lewbart happened to be visiting with some veterinary students- what perfect timing for us to have an expert on grounds for some sort of prolapse with this toad.

Dr. Lewbart (gray vest), with 4th year veterinary students from NCSU, works on the toad.

 We use a product called MS222 to put the toad to sleep. We put the toad and MS222 in water. Once the toad is ready, the work can begin.

toad, “sleeping” for its surgery to repair the prolapse

 The stitches came out yesterday and we’ll hope this was a one-time thing!

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  1. Did this fix the problem permanently or could it recur? I’m glad the toad is OK!

    Posted by Shawntel
  2. Director Comment :

    We’re hoping this is a permanent fix, but we really don’t know.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

QuikPost: Sea Turtle Surgery

August 29th, 2012

A very long time ago, Keeper Larry posted about Dr. Lewbart. Recently, I was talking with my roommate and she told me about this article. When I read the article I recognized the name of the Dr. and thought it was very interesting.


(Allen Breed, Associated Press)




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  1. Hi Jill,

    We recently published an article that you may be interested in entitled, “10 Colleges Saving Our Endangered Species” (

    After having followed your blog for a while, I feel that this article would align well with your blog’s subject matter. I thought perhaps you’d be interested in sharing this article with your readers?
    Thanks, and keep up the great blogging!

    Dollie Todd

    Posted by Dollie Todd

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