Zoo Professionals Gather in Albuquerque

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Zoo Professionals Gather in Albuquerque

Sept 8, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—More than one hundred fifteen zoo veterinary technicians are registered to attend a conference hosted b the ABQ BioPark on September 15-18. The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT) Conference features continuing education and professional development for a highly specialized field.

With topics ranging from reproductive tissue sample preparation to eco-epidemiology of West Nile virus to a study of diabetic ketoacidosis in an African Hunting Dog, the sessions feature experts from the veterinary field. The conference will take place at the Zoo and the Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn.

“The conference gives vet techs from many zoos and backgrounds the chance to network, which helps all of us learn from each other here and throughout the year,” said Gwen Dragoo, BioPark Veterinary Technician and conference chair. “We expect a great turn-out. Everyone is excited about coming to Albuquerque, and as hosts, we are excited to have a chance to show off our zoo, city and state.”

Conference attendees work at zoos across the U.S. and as far away as Germany, England and Canada. In addition to academic presentations, the conference will feature a “Zoo Day” and optional side visits to Old Town, where attendees can taste New Mexican wines at St. Clair’s Bistro and soak up history on a Ghost Tour, and Santa Fe, where attendees can enjoy shopping and dining on the Plaza after a ride on the Rail Runner.

The conference is supported by donations of funding and materials from the New Mexico BioPark Society, Taste of the Wild Catering, Diamondback Drugs, JA Webster, Drew Scientific, Premier Pharmacy, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Taylor’s Pharmacy, Exotic Animal Solutions, Kacey Diagnostics, VWR International, MWI Veterinary Supply, GG&B Company, and Olympus Microscopes.

The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department. For more info, visit www.cabq.gov/biopark or call 311 locally or (505) 768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).



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