One evening, I was in the middle of a procedure on a rat. It had been slow, so we were able to fit in a quick sedation and wound repair on a pet between appointments. While in surgery, the receptionist came in back to let us know that a dove was hit by a car and will be coming in. As an exotic vet, it is very common to also triage wounded wildlife on a regular basis and help get them to rehabilitators. I had just finished with the procedure when a technician came back to our treatment area in a panic. Apparently, there was a miscommunication on the phone about the wildlife. It was not a dove hit by car…It was a DOE. This was concerning as we were not equipped to deal with injured hoofstock. It can be a very dangerous situation for everyone. It had been wheeled into an exam room on a gurney to be examined. She was still a juvenile and not very large but she was unable to stand and was very weak. Unfortunately, her prognosis was grim and the humane thing to do was to euthanize her. My experienced technician was able to help restrain her as I gave her the injection. After that experience, we made sure to confirm with Good Semaritans what type of animal they will be bringing through the door.