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Vet Experiences

Beginning in 2020, we will offer three ways to meet with the Zoo's chief veterinarian to see how the North Carolina Zoo provides for the veterinary health of its animals. All three programs are offered from March through October.

Shadow a Veterinarian for Two

Shadow a Veterinarian for Two experiences are available weekends only from March 1 - October 31. Tour goers will spend four hours with the Zoo's top veterinarian and director of Animal Health Dr. Jb Minter as he makes rounds behind-the-scenes at the North Carolina Zoo.

After rounds, tour goers return to the vet hospital to enjoy a pizza lunch while chatting with the veterinary staff. An optional golf cart tour is available after lunch.

This tour is recommended for adults 16 years old or older. Special arrangements can be made for an adult to accompany a child seven years old or older on this tour. Zoo Society members may secure a Shadow a Veterinarian for Two experience for a donation of $575. Non-members may sign up for a donation of $595. We work with participants to set a tour date acceptable to them and to Dr. Minter.

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Shadow a Veterinarian for a Day

Available on weekdays only, this seven-hour experience is limited to one participant, who will accompany Dr. Minter as he navigates through a "typical" day as a zoo veterinarian. Participants must be 16 years old or older.

This program is suited for individuals who have a deep interest in zoo veterinary medicine. Lunch is included.

We offer one Shadow a Veterinarian for a Day experience each month between March 1 and October 31. This program must be scheduled during the regular workweek (Monday through Friday) on a date that is acceptable to the veterinarian and to the tour goer. This Shadow a Vet for a Day experience is available to Zoo Society members for a donation of $575 and to non-members for a donation of $595.

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Lunch With a Zoo Veterinarian

Limited to two participants, this experience pairs tour goers with the Zoo's lead veterinarian to chat over lunch and then to enjoy a tour the Zoo's Hanes Veterinary Hospital and the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Center.

This program is available only to adults 16 years old or older and must be scheduled during the regular workweek.

We offer one Lunch with a Zoo Veterinarian experience per month from March 1 and October 31. This program must be scheduled Monday through Friday on a date that is acceptable to the veterinarian and the tour-goer. The lunch experience is available to Zoo Society members for a donation of $350 and to non-members for a donation of $375.

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