The Buttonwood Park Zoo staff is dedicated to providing the best possible medical care to the zoo collection. With that in mind, our Animal Care Facility is designed to offer “full spectrum” care including basic and emergency medical treatments and surgery. To provide complete medical coverage for the living collection, the zoo employs a full time staff Veterinarian and a full time Veterinary Technician.
The hospital includes a central treatment area, radiology, surgery, an animal quarantine wing, and administrative space. In the center of the building is a treatment room that can handle many of the Zoo animals with some notable exceptions like the Draft Horses and Elephants! The radiology room, a surgery suite and a pharmacy are also centrally located.
Our Preventive Medicine Program includes quarantine, parasite surveillance and control, immunization, infectious disease screening, dental prophylaxis, and periodic reviews of diets and husbandry.
The quarantine area is used to house sick or incoming animals. All incoming animals are quarantined for 30 days and tested to make sure they are free from viruses, parasites or other diseases that could be transmitted to the other animals.
Weekly veterinary rounds are conducted to assess the health and condition of animals in the collection. The Zoo’s veterinary staff make “house calls” to any animals, which can be treated more comfortably where they are housed. Animal management and veterinary staff work closely with the keepers to ensure the health and well being of the collection.