The veterinarian staff at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is at the center of the care for a wide variety of animals. Some are exotic.
Dr. Ryan Coburn, the zoo's chief veterinarian, said the zoo's staff provides nutritious meals, clean exhibits, and many forms of training and enrichment.
"The keepers utilize their training and extensive experience working with the animals to observe their daily behaviors and routines," Coburn wrote in a recent zoo blog post. "They often detect very subtle changes that could indicate changes to the animal’s health. When these changes are noted, the veterinary staff becomes involved."
Coburn said each species at the Grand Rapids zoo comes with its own unique needs and medical concerns.
"And like humans and domestic animals, each individual is unique as well," he wrote.
To read more of Coburn's blog post, "Keeping the zoo healthy," CLICK HERE.