MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: Do zoologist actually work with the animals if they are sick?

Date: Thu Jul 29 11:39:23 1999
Posted By: Janet Hoff, Staff, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of Michigan
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 931455372.Zo

Working with zoo animals sounds like a great choice of careers!!!

Since you noted you want to work with the sick animals in the zoo I would say you are looking for a career in veterinary medicine. This is a challenging and rewarding career choice. Animals, especially wild animals, don't tend to show signs of disease until they are very sick, if they show signs of disease in the wild, they may get eaten, so they hide it well and they can be very difficult handle, let alone treat.

In order to pursue a veterinary degree you will need an undergraduate (undergrad) degree. That means you will need 4 years of school just to get accepted into the veterinary program, unless you are a very exceptional student. You may wish to take zoology as your undergrad degree. Zoologists may study wild animals or birds or bugs or a veriety of other animals. The director of the University Committee on Use and Care of Animals here at the University of Michigan has a degree in Zoology. She chose to work in the laboratory animal field upon graduating.

Here is some information on who to contact at Michigan State University veterinary program:

For information on MSU undergrad admission, financil aid, housing, and an application, contact: Office of Admissions and scholarships (517) 355-8332 Information on preveterinary requirements and preparation:(517) 355-6510 Information on Vetward Bound program for minority and /or economically disadvantaged students: (517) 355-6521 For information about veterinay technology programs: (517) 353-7267

You can also e-mail MSU at

Their web site is

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