National Zoo and Aquarium Month

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month! Don’t let the summer slip by without exploring the zoos and aquariums in your area. These institutions, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), are dedicated to providing proper care and environment for a multitude of animal species as well as ensuring their conservation. Here at the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle we are proud to partner and collaborate with the local Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, both of which have received accreditation by the AZA.

ASCS 2016 CE Event Woodland Zoo ImageNot only do we, as residents, love visiting our local zoo and aquarium, our practice held our 2015 Appreciation and CE Event at the Seattle Aquarium. While veterinary professionals attended workshops, their family members enjoyed exploring the exhibits and marine life and the event ended with a Party on the Pier. You can check out photos of the event here. The Woodland Park Zoo was the scene of our 2016 Appreciation and CE Event, where attendees could enjoy a day filled with fun, food, and education. As veterinary professionals, the mixture of animals and education made for a refreshingly enjoyable experience. So much so, that we plan on holding our annual event at the Woodland Park Zoo again this year!

Proud Partner in Veterinary Care

Animal Surgical Clinic also supports the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium as a partner in veterinary care. Occasionally they need the expertise of our surgeons to operate on one of their animals. We work together with the wildlife veterinarians at both organizations and assist as needed.

Doctors Aguila and Collins examine the pupOne of our favorite cases was on October 14, 2013, when ASCS surgeon Dr. Alexander Aguila collaborated with the medical team at Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) to repair a jaw fracture in an adorable, 4-month-old Asian small-clawed otter pup. The pup was injured during a vaccination procedure and was quickly moved to a holding pen for diagnostics and treatment. Zoo veterinarians stabilized the pup overnight and consulted with Dr. Aguila about a surgical plan. The next day, the pup was transported to ASCS for surgery. WPZ’s veterinary staff monitored the pup’s anesthesia and vital signs while Dr. Aguila repaired the fracture and stabilized the jaw using plates and screws. The surgery was successful, the pup recovered uneventfully, and he was reunited with this family three weeks after surgery!

ASCS surgeons have operated on other exotic patients such as an ocelot, patas monkey, sea eagle, and African wild dog. You can read more stories like the one above on our Zoo & Aquarium page.


Support Your Local Zoo and Aquarium

We encourage you to support a reputable, accredited zoo and aquarium near you. Here are some ways to show your support.

  • Purchase an annual pass
  • Volunteer your time
  • Make a one-time or recurring donation
  • Share the organization’s conservation efforts on social media
  • Or simply visit with friends and family

Visit your local zoo and aquarium’s website to learn more!

Also, check out this interesting TED Talk given by the Director of the Seattle Aquarium!


Posted June 28, 2017 by ASCS in Noteworthy with No Comments

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