I can't imagine that in a zoo that is of a size to have endangered animals in a captive breeding programme would ever leave a vet with nothing to do! Apart from treating animals that fall ill, there is a lot of monitoring for example pregnant females and the health/development of all the new births.
(Original post by Botticello)
Could I ask one more thing? Vets that work in a zoo/safari park, what do they do on a daily basis if the animals on site are in good health and don't need treatment?
Then there is also the checking of animals that come into and leave the zoo, there is a lot of animal movement between zoos for breeding programmes.
I presume that the Vet also manages the scientific research done at the Zoo ie when students apply to research the behaviour etc of zoo animals, the Vet would approve, manage, oversee that researcher when on site.
I think Bristol Zoo, which is medium sized (physically quite small, but lots of animals) has one full time Vet and two or three student vets - you may find out more from their website. http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/about/animalcare/vet
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