& Management in Texas
Experience a week in the life of a working veterinarian as you help care for over 70 species of animals. You’ll also hear from other animal experts about enclosure design and the important role of zoos in conservation around the world.
Check out our Zoo Medicine & Management in Massachusetts program, too!
Prepare for the future
- Daily field classes on topics including large animal exams, rehabilitation and release, and designing animal enrichment activities
- Researching and presenting your own Keeper Talk to the visiting public
- Time in the lab to discover topics including animal first aid, parasitology, and enclosure design
2024 Program Dates & Tuition
- 7 Days
- June 9–15
- June 16–22
- June 23–29
- July 7–13
On-Campus Accommodations at University of Houston-Victoria
10:1 Teaching Vet-to-Student Ratio
Up to 40 veterinary hours
Animal Care Rotations
On your first day at the Texas Zoo, you’ll be split into three groups. Each group will take turns rotating through different learning activities on food preparation, enclosure maintenance, and animal enrichment.
The zoo will become a living classroom for you and your fellow attendees as you explore important topics like animal behavioral observations, zoo ethics, and veterinary diagnostics across different areas of the Texas Zoo.
After four full days of exploration at the Zoo, you will research a specific topic pertaining to animal conservation that you’re passionate about and present your findings during your own Keeper Talk with the visiting public!
Much of a zoo veterinarian’s time is spent in the lab, treating animals for various injuries or performing wellness exams. You’ll participate in several different lab activities including wound suturing, parasitology, small animal physical exams, and an enclosure design workshop.
Arrival in Victoria, Texas
- Registration & Orientation
- Setting expectations & goals
Exotic & Wildlife Mammals
- Introduction to Exotic and Wildlife Mammals
- Field Class: Behavioral Observations
- Animal Care Rotation I*
- Food Preparation
- Enclosure Maintenance and Management
- Animal Enrichment
- Lab Activity: Suturing
Large & Domesticated Animals
- Practice Physical Exams & Positive Reinforcement Training
- Animal Care Rotation II
- Field Class: Zoo Ethics, Animal Welfare, and the Role of Zoos in Conservation
- Lab Activity: Bandaging
- Introduction to Reptile Care
- Field Class: Veterinary Diagnostics & Reptile Physical Examinations
- Lab Activity: Parasitology
- Animal Care Rotation III
- Design Animal Enrichment Projects
- Introduction to Avian Care
- Small Group Work
- Radiograph Interpretation Lab
- Rabbit Physical Examinations
- Research + Prepare for Keeper Talk Presentation
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
- Present Keeper Talks
- Field Class: Jobs in Veterinary Medicine & Capture and Release vs Rehab
- Small Group Work
- Enclosure Design Workshop
- Blood Cytology Lab
The [program] was very interesting to him. He actually wanted us to go to the zoo the day we picked him up so he could show us around! He loved it.”
I honestly really enjoyed the program. I loved not only getting to know the staff and other students but also the zoo keepers. They really knew what they were talking about and it was good to be able to get to know them and ask them questions.”
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