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Tagged: Dr. Ryan Colburn

KEEPING THE ZOO HEALTHY: VETERINARIAN CARE at JOHN BALL ZOO

Our goal at John Ball Zoo is to provide the best care possible for all of over 1,200 animals.  This care relies on the hard work of many people.  Our keepers are at the center of that care.  They provide nutritious meals, clean exhibits, and many forms of training and enrichment.  They are also an extremely important part of the veterinary medical care for the animals here at the zoo.

 

KEEPING THE ZOO HEALTHY: QUARANTINE

The term “quarantine” may conjure up images of horror movies or disease outbreaks, but quarantine at the zoo is far from these ominous images. In fact, in some respects, it can be an exciting time for us here at the zoo because we get to welcome a new animal into the collection.

KEEPING THE ZOO ANIMALS HEALTHY: THE WHITE COAT EFFECT

“The White Coat Effect”

Does your cat disappear the moment the cat carrier makes an appearance in the house? Does the very idea of a trip to the dentist make you nervous? There is just something about going to the doctor that makes some animals (and people) very nervous.

Keeping your Zoo Healthy: Routine Vaccinations

Veterinary Care at the John Ball Zoo

Ryan Colburn, DVM

 

If you’re a pet owner, you are very familiar with the importance of vaccinations.  The annual trip to the veterinarian’s office for a routine check up often includes one or more vaccines to keep your pet protected and up to date. 

Spoon full of sugar? How zoo animals take their medicine!

Mary Poppins sang about how a spoon full of sugar helped the medicine go down, but Mary Poppins never worked at a zoo! Just like people and pets, taking medication is sometimes a challenge for the animals at the zoo and finding the best way to give medication can be an even bigger challenge for zoo veterinarians and zoo keepers.