Animal Health Center reopens
After a year of construction, the veterinary team has moved into the newly renovated and expanded Animal Health Center.
Like any modern medical facility, the Animal Health Center includes an examination and treatment room, fully equipped sterile surgery, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, diet preparation kitchen, and nursery. The building also includes animal holding, quarantine, sterilization room, laundry, storage, office, and employee bathroom with a shower.
"Our top priority is providing excellent, whole life animal care," said zoo director Lee Ann Whitt. "The upgraded animal hospital is another step toward fulfilling our mission."
In 1986, Alexandria Zoo became one of the first small zoos in the country to have an on-site animal health care facility and full-time veterinary technician on staff.
As our animal family has grown and regulations to veterinary medicine have evolved and improved, enhancements to the 30-year-old facility became a necessity. The most notable feature of the building is the addition of a sterile surgery suite, which is now required by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
"I am excited for the increased space and flexibility in providing ongoing care to our animals," said zoo veterinarian Dr. Rebekah Riedel. "The addition of a sterile surgery suite will facilitate both elective and therapeutic procedures being performed on grounds."
The renovation was funded by the City of Alexandria. Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) also aided the project by purchasing equipment such as a digital x-ray machine. The building was designed by Yeager Watson Architects and built by Bayou Rapides Construction Company.