Treatment tales

27. August 2018

AOVET’s Professor Cassio Ferrigno helps keep São Paulo’s police dogs fighting crime

AOVET Community Development Chairperson Cassio Ferrigno (inset). X-ray of the injuries the dog received while on duty. The service dog pictured during recovery using its limb 180 days post-op.

If you ask AOVET Community Development Chairperson Cassio Ricardo Auada Ferrigno about the patient case that makes him most proud, he is quick to pull out his smartphone and show you photos representing not just one patient, but many successfully treated at Brazil’s University of São Paulo (USP), where he is a member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (FMVZ).

In his role at USP/FMVZ, Ferrigno is regularly called upon to treat service animals from across Brazil. “I am very attached to military dogs because I was in the army for two years [working with] dogs,” says Ferrigno, who earned his PhD in veterinary surgery from USP and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Florida. “The University of São Paulo treats all service dogs in Brazil pro bono, and one of the cases I have been most proud to treat involved a German shepherd police dog working with the São Paulo police.” 

Find out more about how Ferrigno treated this dog​, which was shot four times while successfully disarming an armed man. ​​​​​