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Junior Zoo Vet

from Saint Louis Zoo

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Ever wonder how a Zoo vet cares for a gorilla, a snake, a penguin and all the other animals at the Zoo? Our Zoo vets have a big job caring for so many different animals and their job requires good problem solving skills. During this program you will have the opportunity to see some of a Zoo vet's daily jobs and test your problem solving skills while creating Zoo vet equipment.

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About This Program


By Request: $160.00

Please schedule carefully! Program transfers may be requested based on our ability to reschedule you. Transfers are determined by space availability. A $5 transfer fee will be charged per program for the first transfer date. A $10 transfer fee will be charged for additional transfers. Transfer fees must be paid with credit card at the time requested. We cannot accommodate same day or next day transfers.

Full payment is due before the program. To receive an invoice and pay by check, 8 week's booking notice is required. If a program is booked with less than 8 week's notice, but at least 4 week's notice, full credit card payment is required when booking the program. We are unable to schedule programs with less than 4 week's notice.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)FieldTripZoom

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Education Department at (314) 646-4544 or the Outreach Coordinator at (314) 646-4754 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.


Four Weeks Prior to Program:
A full refund will be issued minus a $5 cancellation fee if you notify the Education Department four weeks prior to your program. There is a $5 cancellation fee per program.

Two Weeks Prior to Program:
You are entitled to a 50% program fee refund if you notify the Education Department two - four weeks prior to your program date.

Less than Two Weeks Prior to Program:
There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.

Please note: In the event that your school and/or the Zoo is closed the day of your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program or issue a full refund.

About This Provider

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Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO
United States

The Saint Louis Zoo was voted #1 Zoo in America by a Zagat's and Parents' Magazine survey. Our mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public. 

Our videoconferencing classes will introduce you and your students to a variety of animals and topics including: habitats, ecology, and adaptations. Older students will also learn about our conservation programs going on here at the Zoo and around the world. 

Live animals from our Emerson Children's Zoo will visit our studio during the programs. At this time, we do not have the ability to broadcast remotely from Zoo exhibits.

Amber Brown
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Program Details


1. Introduction and welcome to the St. Louis Zoo distance learning program.
2. Discuss how our keepers and vets care for our animals.
3. Discuss how a keeper would determine if a vet needs to look at an animal.
4. Through the use of video clips and live animals demonstrate how our vets would anesthetize an animal for further observation and care.
5. Group activity - students will create medical equipment to fit the provided skull.
6. Groups will present their work.
7. Discuss how working with animals that live in social groups is very different than working with those that live individually.
8. Use video clips to show students a social animal and provide vet care scenario for students to problem solve.
9. Questions and conclusion.
* Questions are welcomed throughout the entire program.


At the end of a program participants will be able to:
•Make a prediction, test it and explain the results
•Explain how Zoo animals get check-ups just like us
•Explain how vets do a few standard procedures like x-rays and anesthetic
•Explain how Zoo vets must problem solve and think creatively for many of their procedures.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


State Standards

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations:
III-1A (3) a, ID (5) a, 2C (5) a; VII-1A (3,4,5) a,b,1B (3,4) a,e, (5) a,f, 1C (3,4,5) a,b, 1D (3,4,5) a,1E (3,4,5) a