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Columbus Zoo Vet Training Program Receives Professional Certification

Media Alert: Wednesday, May 22, 2013


May 22, 2013

Patty Peters                                        
Vice President Community Relations

Powell, Ohio -- The animal health experts at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are proud to announce their zoological medicine residency program has received accreditation by the American College of Zoological Medicine. This certification recognizes the high standard of training provided by the program and has been granted to only 23 similar programs worldwide including one at the Wilds, the Zoo’s conservation center and safari park near Zanesville.
The Zoo’s three year residency program provides postdoctoral advanced training in all aspects of zoo and wildlife medicine and surgery, as well as exotic animal husbandry subjects such as nutrition, management and reproduction. Residents in this program train with the veterinary team at both the Zoo and the Wilds.
The residency program is designed to produce specialists in zoo and wild animal medicine and surgery and prepare them for board certification as diplomates in the American College of Zoological Medicine. Diplomate status recognizes expertise in the field of exotic animal medicine and requires completion of a residency program or equivalent training, research, publication, and completion of a comprehensive examination. Columbus Zoo and the Wilds currently employ three veterinarians with diplomate status.
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.