Reid Park Zoo Breaks Ground for Animal Health Center

📅   Mon March 06, 2017 - National Edition


Reid Park Zoo photo
Exterior — remodeled existing clinic on right connects with 5,000 sq. ft. (464.5 sq m) addition.
Reid Park Zoo photo Exterior — remodeled existing clinic on right connects with 5,000 sq. ft. (464.5 sq m) addition.
Reid Park Zoo photo
Exterior — remodeled existing clinic on right connects with 5,000 sq. ft. (464.5 sq m) addition. Reid Park Zoo photo
Classroom allows students of all ages to learn about animal health and observe procedures in treatment, surgery and lab.

Continuing to be a great zoo requires a major enhancement in the health care environment for our animals. A new Animal Health Center is the cornerstone of Reid Park Zoo's future growth.

In addition to positioning Reid Park Zoo at the forefront of modern Zoo medicine, the new Animal Health Center also will teach the veterinarians of tomorrow. Students from the University of Arizona's new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Education Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting in the Zoo's Health Center. Younger students from area schools also will have the chance to observe and learn at an onsite classroom.

Expansions to the new approximately 9,000 sq. ft. (2,743 sq m) facility include:

• a full surgical suite

• ICU units suitable for animals of all sizes

• diagnostic devices providing immediate results of blood work and ultrasound testing

• holding areas with controlled air circulation to ensuring animals are effectively quarantined

• state-of-the-art treatment facilities allowing our skilled vet staff to give every animal the best care possible —CEG