Dickerson Park Zoo Welcomes New Veterinarian

News Release


Contact: Joey Powell, Public Relations/Marketing Director

              417-833-1570 (office) or 417-860-3303 (cell)



For Immediate Release: July 28, 2020 



Dickerson Park Zoo Welcomes New Veterinarian


Springfield, MO –Dickerson Park Zoo is pleased to welcome Dr. Stephanie Zec as the zoo’s resident veterinarian.


Dr. Zec graduated from the University of Illinois. She completed a one-year veterinary internship at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and she recently completed a three-year residency with the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo.


At Dickerson Park Zoo, Dr. Zec will provide healthcare for more than 500 animals. Regarding her new position she shared, “The best part about being a zoo veterinarian is we get to work with a diversity of animals and get to wear all the hats, including: dentist, surgeon, nutritionist, etc. Our veterinary program’s mission is to provide quality veterinary care through preventative medicine and work with the zookeepers on behavioral training for medical procedures.”



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Dickerson Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.

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