Potter Park Zoo Receives Accreditation for Veterinary Program

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Potter Park Zoo Receives Important Accreditation for Veterinary Residency Program

Aug 12, 2010

August 11, 2010

Dr. Tara Harrison
Veterinarian/Animal Curator

LANSING, MI --- Potter Park Zoo, the oldest accredited zoo in Michigan, is now one of only 19 international locations to be accredited with a postdoctoral residency program by the American College of Zoological Medicine.

Filling that position for the 2010-2013 cycle will be Justin R. Schlanser, D.V.M., the first resident in the new animal care program.

“This is a significant achievement for Potter Park Zoo,” Zoo Veterinarian and Animal Curator Dr. Tara Harrison said. “Not only is this program the first of its kind in Michigan, but the accreditation puts us in a select group of facilities worldwide recognized for top-notch post doctoral training in zoological medicine.”

The three-year residency incorporates Potter Park Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. The program connects the institutions in a way that allows post doctoral veterinary students the opportunity to gain exceptional clinical training in a variety of settings.

Dr. Schlanser will be placed on a rotation between the five organizations, during which time he will learn the general aspects of zoological medicine such as animal husbandry, nutrition, preventive medicine, pathology, and surgery with animals in a both a captive and free-ranging environment. The program is designed to further train veterinarians who have already earned doctoral degrees but are interested in specializing in the area of Zoological Medicine.

“Dr. Schlanser is an excellent choice for the first Potter Park Zoo Resident in Zoological Medicine,” said Harrison.

A 2003 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Schlanser began his veterinary career in the Veterinary Corps Division of the United States Army.

He attained the rank of Major and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal and was selected to be the first Veterinarian to serve as an elite U.S. Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.

A native of Northville, MI, Dr. Schlanser and his family recently relocated to Ingham County from Georgia.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org 


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