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Introduction to Zoological Medicine

a veterinarian uses a stethoscope to listen to a seal's heart beat

This class fulfills the animal behavior requirement of the Wildlife Studies Certificate Program. 

How do you treat a gorilla with a heart disease? Or perform a physical on a crocodile? Zoo and aquarium veterinarians have a unique list of patients across the animal kingdom. Working with the diversity of anatomy and physiology across taxa, from mammals to birds to reptiles to fish, requires a tremendous amount of knowledge as well as creativity. Join Dr. Katharine Hope, associate veterinarian here at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for a deeper look into the clinical realm of zoological medicine. Refresh your animal structure and function know-how. Learn how veterinarians conduct exams and monitor the health and treatments of the Zoo's residents. You’ll even get the chance to review some sample cases and develop your own diagnosis.   

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to attend. 
Dates/Location: Tuesdays, March 7, 14 and 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center Conference Room at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. 

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Age range: 18