Zoo & Wildlife Vets' challenges


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Below is a list of the six challenges zoo and wildlife veterinarians face every day.

  1. There is a gap in knowledge of disease development in zoo animals and wildlife.  Zoo veterinarians base the treatment of diseases on experiences in similar domestic animals, like cats and dogs. 
  2. Many animals will not cooperate with external devices of any sort.
  3. Accessibility problems and animal stress factors make the delivery of medications extremely challenging.
  4. Non-domestic species metabolize medicine very differently, and appropriate drug dosages are yet available or known. 
  5. In-country circumstances limit assessing health and disease in free-ranging populations.
  6. Diseases move through an ecosystem in a very complicated fashion.

Animals can't ask for help. That's why we're here.

The Wild Animal Health Fund advocates for the injured, sick and dying animals all around the world. With your help, we can make a difference.