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Evaluating Chronic Kidney Disease in Captive Nondomestic Felids

The goals of this project are to identify factors predisposing animals to the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD); characterize the types of CKD observed in captive nondomestic cats in Australian zoos; compare the prevalence, progression and type of CKD seen in each species and zoo; and identify reasons for the differences seen. This study will produce a comprehensive overview of the types and potential causes of CKD and help develop protocols for early diagnosis and prevention.

Dr.Jacqui M. Norris, University of Sydney