Virginia Zoo celebrates new animal wellness campus

Virginia Zoo celebrates new animal wellness campus

Credit: Winfield Danielson, Virginia Zoo

Alicyn Cross, a Virginia Zoo extern and veterinary student from Virginia Tech’s Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, observes as Dr. Amanda Guthrie, the Zoo's veterinarian, checks for glaucoma in the eyes of Erroll, an eastern screech owl who's been squinting lately, while he perches on veterinary technician Leah Rooker's hand in the new Animal Wellness Campus' veterinary hospital Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Guthrie and Rooker have been operating out of the Wellness Campus since January.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 6:51 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk is celebrating its new $4 million animal wellness facility.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday.

Officials say the zoo needed a larger animal hospital and diet kitchen to provide optimal care for its animals.

The new veterinary hospital and animal wellness campus was designed to deliver the highest level of animal care and provide an educational experience.

The zoo's veterinary staff has been working out of the facility since January; the campus is set to open to the public this summer.

Visitors will soon be allowed to look through viewing windows into treatment, surgery and laboratory rooms, and the animal diet kitchen.

The zoo exhibits more than 400 animals on more than 50 acres.

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