It is vital to monitor and maintain physical health in zoo animals.
Assessing good health is not always straight forward as, for example, outward signs of disease may not be obvious.
There should be a minimum monitoring routine carried out by keepers and managers who are knowledgeable about the species under their care. Appropriate housing, facilities and an appropriate diet are, of course, key to good health.
The role of a zoo vet is broad, encompassing experience in all areas of animal welfare. Most importantly, a zoo vet is particularly involved in preventative care.
Among many roles, a zoo vet must be able to individually identify animals and be involved in the methods of doing so. They must also be pro-active in providing preventative medicine, including managing bio-security measures. They must know about diet and nutrition, as well as being able to diagnose illness and treat sickness and injury. They must be involved in regular health checks, aid in reproductive management and be experienced in animal capture and restraint as well as performing post mortems when required
Day in the life of Zoo Vet
Vet Meets Dog