Zoo de Granby, Canada

Description of Elective Experience: 


  1. To obtain experience in zoological medicine and surgery
  2. To become familiar with the wide variety of restraint and immobilization regimens for exotic animals
  3. To develop an understanding of zoo animal management
    1. Quarantine protocols
    2. Parasite programs
    3. Vaccination protocols
    4. Zoonoses
    5. Exhibit structure and design elements
    6. Daily animal care and husbandry
  4. To gain knowledge of the biology and taxonomy of different zoo animals
  5. To become familiar with the zoological literature and other information sources available to the field
  6. To become familiar with computerized zoo data management systems (ZIMS)
Institutional and Educational Resources - staffing, equipment, etc.: 

The Zoo de Granby is the most significant zoological garden in Québec (Canada), with trails allowing visitors to observe over 1 500 animals from about 225 exotic species, several of which are part of a species survival plan (SSP). The Zoo de Granby is one of only six institutions in Canada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is also accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The hospital staff is composed of two veterinarians and two veterinary technicians. A digital x-ray machine, an ultrasound and elaborate endoscopy equipment are available on site while the proximity of the zoo with the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal allows for a close collaboration in peculiar cases management as well as advanced medical and surgical procedures.

Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 


  1. To be present at the zoo whenever the staff veterinarian is present (Typically Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm). Being available for after-hours emergencies is optional.
  2. Participate with veterinary staff (including Zoological Medicine residents on rotation) on active cases through initial assessments and development of diagnostic and treatment plans. Externs are initially expected to shadow the veterinary staff, but are expected to perform hands-on work as they get familiar with the work environment.
  3. Assist veterinary staff with daily animal care, including visual checkups, physical examination, immobilisations, necropsies, clincal pathology (sampling, processing and interpretation). 
  4. Read literature information pertaining to active clinical cases.
  5. Develop, research, perform, and document a limited project or assemble a case report which will be presented to the veterinary medical staff at the conclusion of the externship.
Student Housing (include costs, amenities, pet friendly, contact info if different from elective contact info): 

Although student housing is ot directly available through the zoo, we can provide contact information of people (generally zoo staff) that are available to host externs.

Émilie L. Couture
Contact email: 
525 rue Saint-Hubert
Granby, QC j2G 5P3
Is student housing available?: 
Hours of supervision by a licensed veterinarian per week: