Zoological medicine is defined as a specialty within the field of veterinary medicine dedicated to providing care, both medical and surgical, to zoo and free-living non-domestic species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
This specialty medicine is acknowledged by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The health care team of the National Zoo is composed of nutritionists, clinical veterinarians, and pathologists that work together for the better of the animals. They meet the needs of the animals and work together to take part in conservation efforts all over the world.
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The National Zoo has lead the zoological filed of medicine by promoting the following three critical elements of zoological medicine: clinical medicine, training, and research. This has happened in the last three decades.
Clinical Medicine: the National Zoo’s Department of Animal Health is to make available the best veterinary care possible to all the zoo’s animals. This includes a preventative management program as well as treating illness and disease.
Health examinations, vaccinations, deworming, and quarantine of animals coming into the zoo are a few of the things that are done by the Preventative management program. Clinical veterinarians that work in the zoo treat illnesses and disease in any species. They may consult other specialists such as cardiologists, surgeons and dentists to get their expertise in treating cases that are more complex or specialized cases.
Training: the National Zoo’s Department of Animal Health provides training programs for the US and international programs. Students of veterinary programs can spend six to eight weeks in a program learning how to apply every day medicine to zoo animals. After serving residency in one of their programs, the veterinarian is of a higher standard. Four-year students from other universities spend time in the Zoo’s externship program.
Research: The Zoo’s veterinarians participate in research and conservation. This allows them to investigate disease syndromes and to discuss it with other veterinarians worldwide. Everything is documented and published in major veterinarian journals.
In conclusion: Being a vet in the National Zoo is very prestigious and honorable. The National Zoo has done a lot for zoological medicine. They have very good program for the young vet coming into his residency.
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