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Zoo Pathology

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

Diagnosing animal illnesses is a difficult task. Animals instinctively try to hide their symptoms. Though a veterinarian may take samples, such as blood or urine, they often rely on the eyes of a pathologist to examine those samples and aid with a diagnosis. As the disease experts, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's pathologists review clinical samples of ill patients and conduct necropsies to determine why an animal has died. They investigate how various diseases impact different species of animals and help to promote the health and management of resident and wild populations.

So, venture into the microscopic world of veterinary pathology with Drs. Timothy Walsh and Andrew Cartoceti, Veterinarian Medical Officers here at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Learn about some of the Zoo’s most intriguing cases, and see how their work is contributing to animal conservation. Plus, you’ll see first-hand what tools lie in the Zoo’s state-of-the-art pathology lab!

Please be advised that due to the nature of this subject matter, participants will encounter some graphic anatomical images and discussions.

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to attend.

Dates/Location: Tuesdays, May 23, May 30 and June 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Visitor Center Conference Room at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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Age range: 18