Training animals for Veterinary procedures

Taking medication is not pleasant for anyone, and when it comes to administering that medication to animals, it’s not so fun either. Fortunately, zoo staff is always trying to find new solutions. Whether it's hiding medication in pieces of food or training for certain behaviors that allow the administration of injections. Historically, giving injectable medication as part of veterinary treatment or prophylaxis in zoo animals involved manual restraint or darting as the first approach. Training the animals for the potential need of carrying out veterinary procedures is essential if we want to avoid stressful situation and improve animal welfare. An orangutan takes its oral medication at the Se

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