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Sacramento Zoo Hosts Five-day Veterinary Course

May 3, 2011

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The following news release was distributed by the Sacramento Zoo on May 3, 2011.

When visiting the Sacramento Zoo this week, observers will notice more than families and young children exploring, they will also see a group of veterinarians preparing to become leaders in zoo medicine.

This week, May 1st through May 5th , the Sacramento Zoo is collaborating with the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center to host the American College of Zoological Medicine’s (ACZM) Short Course. The course is being held at the Zoo and includes classes taught by Dr. Murray Fowler, a world renowned zoological veterinarian and professor emeritus of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Two veterinarians from Australia, one from Canada and 19 from the United States make up the 22 participants. The five-day course, taught by 10 instructors, has been organized by Drs. Scott Larsen and Ray Wack; both are veterinarians at the Zoo and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The program is designed to prepare zoo and wildlife veterinarians to take the ACZM board examination. Once ACZM certified, a veterinarian is called a diplomat and is considered a specialist in zoological medicine. A certified veterinarian may also serve as a supervisor for training programs, mentor and researcher.

“We are glad that we are able to host the course, and that we have the resources and staff to accommodate it,” said Mary Healy, Sacramento Zoo Director/CEO. “It will also be an honor to have Dr. Fowler on grounds and teaching in the Zoo’s hospital named in his honor.” Dr. Fowler served as veterinarian for the Sacramento Zoo for 24 years; in 1970, he developed the first academic training program for residents in zoological medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine.  Through this program, as well as numerous short courses, seminars and wet labs, Dr. Fowler has been involved in training of over 500 zoo veterinarians worldwide.

Since 2000 the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Sacramento Zoo have had a formalized partnership. The two organizations share facilities and expertise to train zoological medicine residents and senior veterinary students, further wildlife conservation, and provide the best possible care for the animals at the Sacramento Zoo.

Sacramento Zoo – Wildly Inspiring!

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to over 450 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society.  This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation.  Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.00; children ages 2-11 are $7.00 and one and under are admitted free.  Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit

Media contact: 

Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator, Sacramento Zoo, 916.808.7446,