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Jackie Gai, DVM
Dr. Gai began working with PAWS in 2001. She is dedicated to providing excellent quality, compassionate veterinary care to all of PAWS' animals and spends a minimum of two days a week on site. She is on call for emergencies 24/7, and is an integral part of PAWS' animal care and management team.
Dr. Gai was the head veterinarian for the Micke Grove Zoo from 2002-2009, and has also been providing veterinary care to sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and select private clients in northern California since 2001.
Dr. Gai with Nicholas
A Message From Dr. Gai
“Sanctuary,” by definition, is a place of refuge and protection. PAWS exists to provide sanctuary to elephants and other animals, many of whom have spent the majority of their lives serving humans’ desire for entertainment. We have never refused to accept an animal because of illness, and we are wholeheartedly committed to providing a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for every animal that comes to PAWS.
This commitment includes a program of excellent veterinary care throughout the life of the animal, no matter what health problems may arise. PAWS also has a tremendous commitment to the health and safety of staff and visitors to the sanctuary.
Our quarantined Asian elephants are housed separately from all other elephants, and strict biosecurity protocols are used in these areas to protect both elephants and people. Written policy prohibits visitors from entering quarantine areas. Our African elephants, as well as Nicholas the Asian bull, are housed separately from the quarantine area, and these elephants have consistently tested negative for tuberculosis.
PAWS consistently meets or exceeds industry standards for disease testing and biosecurity. We work closely with State and local Departments of Public Health, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure that our protocols are sound. Representatives from all of these agencies have visited us, reviewed our procedures, and all have expressed confidence in our level of care. One of these agencies was so highly complimentary of our protocols, that they asked us if they could use them to help rewrite their own protocols.
As PAWS’ veterinarian, I am proud of the care that our animals receive, and I am also impressed with the organization’s commitment to the health and safety of visitors and staff.
A profile of Dr. Gai was featured in "California Veterinarian", a publication of the California Veterinary Medical Association. Click on photo above to read.
Read Dr. Gai's article, "Caring for Elderly Animals", published in PAWS' online newsletter on October 28, 2014. Click on the photo above to read.
Read Dr. Gai's report, "Veterinary Care for Elephants in a Protected Contact Management System",
published in PAWS' online newsletter on August 27, 2015. Click on the photo above to read.
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