Watch: Working with different animals as a zoo veterinarian
For Dr. Barbarits of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Veterinary Services team, every day is different, and the passion to provide the highest standards of animal welfare makes for an intense, non-stop schedule.
Each day, the doctors perform rounds throughout the Zoo, watching animals in their habitats, talking with keepers and performing routine and preventative exams. They also work in the Steffee Center, monitoring the animals in the hospital and performing procedures, X-rays and surgeries, some scheduled and some not. Occasionally the Zoo’s veterinarians even head out to one of the Metroparks’ 18 reservations to tag animals in the wild or to care for an education animal at a nature center.