Zoo Medicine
Lucy Spelman Giant PandaZoological medicine has come a long way since the days of Dr. Doolittle. The author, Hugh Lofting, set his famous book in the 1920's at a time when our profession did not exist. Veterinarians specialized in dogs, cats, horses, or cows — but not wild animals.

Decades later, zoos, aquaria, universities, governments and rehabilitation centers employ about one thousand zoological medicine veterinarians world-wide.

As practicing veterinarians whose patients range from beetles to whales, we rely on a variety of resources for information. These veterinarians regularly attend conferences for networking and continuing education, keep a library of books on topics that range from human pediatrics to equine lameness, and rely on colleagues for advice and expertise.

Abstracts for articles in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine are published by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) and can be found on their website.