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Louisville Zoological Garden


The Louisville Zoological Garden opened on a full-time bases in 1969. Its collection consists of approximately 292 species of animals housed on more than 70 acres. The zoo is active in conservation projects including captive propagation of the Black-footed ferret. A staff veterinarian, associate veterinarian, hospital supervisor/LVT, veterinary technician, and hospital keeper staff the Zoo's hospital.

Note: Proof of negative tuberculosis test within 6 months of externship. Completion of surgery and medicine clinic rotations prior to externship is recommended.

Please read the document attached to this posting for detailed information on the veterinary preceptorship externship program.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Roy B. Burns, DVM - 19 years at the zoo
  • Zoli Gyimesi, DVM - 9 years at the zoo

Educational Resources

  • many journals
  • a full veterinary library available
  • MedARKS zoo medical records keeping system


Students are expected to participate as a team member in all veterinary department activities including: routine medical care, preventative medicine, necropsies, animal restraint, nutrition, captive propagation, emergency medical care, medical records, lab work, animal management, surgery, etc. Students are expected to complete an independent project.

Student Supervision

The student will have access to the veterinarians approximately 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.


No housing provided.

Practice Information

Louisville Zoological Garden
1100 Trevillan Way
P.O. Box 37250
Louisville, KY 40233

Ph: (502) 459-2181
Fx: (502) 459-2196


Updated: 7/14/09
Signature on file: Dr. Roy Burns and Dr. Zoli Gyimesi

Louisville, KY
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