Participants will use mobile technology to share a career path they are interested in pursuing. Then participants will work in small groups to quickly chart all the jobs they think a zoo needs to run effectively. This will provide the facilitator insights into the participants’ background knowledge and interests to frame the experience.
Each class consists of two-parts. A 30-minute activity uses a hypothetical veterinary case, developed by a Detroit Zoological Society veterinarian, to introduce the critical thinking process that the veterinary staff utilize on a daily basis to diagnose and treat animals. During the remaining 30-minutes, a tour allows students to compare human to non-human medical care and see how equipment is used and adapted to best meet the needs of species from tiny frogs to great apes.
The Detroit Zoological Society provides excellent care and welfare to more than 2,000 animals through the combined efforts of animal care, veterinary and Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics staff. The DZS is recognized as a national leader in animal welfare and conservation.