Jerry Murray, DVM, practices at the Animal Clinic of Farmers Branch in Dallas. Dr. Murray graduated from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Before his graduation, he did a clinical externship at the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Zoo to gain more knowledge on the treatment of exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife. During this externship, he was lucky enough to work on a bald eagle from Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. This eagle was a nonreleasable bird that survived the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. He was part of a captive-breeding program to reintroduce bald eagles to the Great Smoky Mountains. This is also the time when Dr. Murray fell in love with pet ferrets. Two ferrets, Harry and Sally, were being treated at the vet school for adrenal gland disease and insulinoma, which were considered rare diseases back then. Their cuteness and playfulness stole his heart.
Soon after graduating from Texas A&M, Dr. Murray started seeing pet ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets and reptiles in private practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. One of his clients was a ferret breeder, which quickly led to him acquiring his first pet ferrets, Fred and Wilma. He moved to Austin for a short time and worked at a clinic that saw some really exotic animals, such as a pet cougar, bobcat and a black bear. He soon moved back to Dallas.
After returning to Dallas, Dr. Murray became well known as one of the few veterinarians in the metroplex that had a special interest and skill in ferret medicine and surgery. His passion for ferrets led him into vascular surgery, research projects, writing about ferret medicine for both veterinarians and for ferret owners, and speaking about ferrets at national and international meetings.
When the Dallas area experienced an outbreak of Aleutian disease, Dr. Murray became involved with the Aleutian disease research project at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and with testing of Avecon’s new ADV test. This led to him being a coauthor on an Aleutian disease article in one of the top veterinary journals.
Dr. Murray was also one of the first vets to use melatonin implants as a treatment for ferrets with adrenal gland disease. Along with Dr. James Johnson from Texas A&M, he did a pilot study with the melatonin implants. This research project was later published in the Journal of Exotic Mammal Medicine and Surgery. Melatonin was also the topic of his first article for Ferrets Magazine back in the summer of 2005. Since then he has written numerous articles for Ferrets Magazine, Ferrets USA and the online version of Ferrets Magazine. Currently he writes a bimonthly column on ferrets and other critters on SmallAnimalChannel.com.
In his spare time, Dr. Murray enjoys watching just about any sporting event, traveling and wildlife photography. He also enjoys working with the highly endangered black-footed ferrets up in South Dakota.
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