October 11, 2024


milwaukee county zoo milwaukee, WI 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Zoo School brings together the Wisconsin veterinary medical community to share animal experiences
and husbandry insights, scientific lectures, and the opportunity to explore all the zoo has to offer.



Watch for the full schedule,
costs, and registration in
late spring or early summer.

For even more detail
, read the April Voice cover story, where WVMA President Dr. Meg Mueller introduces Zoo School and provides insight on this 2024 marquee event.


Meet a variety of species
and learn how the animals’
health and well-being are cared
for up close and personal

This event offers a full day of
5 scientific CE credits, including courses that align with many interests and professional development needs

See all the attractions across
the 190-acre site, home to over 2,300
animals and 314 species with a focus
on education and conservation

Make valuable connections
with peers from various clinics
and backgrounds, expand your
knowledge and have a blast


Small Animal, Large Animal, and Equine CE tracks are bookended by two of these animal experiences.  

Witness the impressive outdoor routine of African elephants as they engage in staff-led activities that maintain their health and well-being. Learn about their daily care routines and husbandry practices, as well as their social dynamics and natural behaviors. The training wall allows an up-close experience from the safety of a covered pavilion. 

Within the indoor giraffe enclosure, observe the graceful movements of the tallest land animals in the world. Listen as the zookeeper provides insight into their lives and husbandry practices. Learn about the animal’s unique adaptations, feeding habits, and daily care routines to gain a deeper understanding of these gentle giants. 

Learn about the world of Gentoo and Rockhopper Penguins. These flightless birds native to South America’s coastal regions exhibit playful antics and endearing personalities. Hear how their distinctive black and white plumage serves as camouflage from predators while hunting fish and squid and how their wings serve as flippers to propel themselves while swimming. 

Tending to the physical health and overall well-being of the animals is a full-time job for the Animal Health Center staff, whose focus is preventive medicine. Receive a private tour and an in-depth look at the quarantine and specific treatment spaces used to care for the diverse collection of animals at the zoo. 

Get an inside look at a feeding and training session for lions or hyenas. Zoo staff share details about the power of these magnificent predators. Hear the vital role of training and how it complements natural instincts when providing daily care. View enrichment activities that give the big cats space and freedom to do what comes naturally.

Caring for marine mammals presents a completely different set of challenges compared to the zoo’s land-dwelling cohorts. The animal care staff will share interesting facts about the harbor seals, including their behaviors, diet, and care routines during a training session that gives a unique glimpse into the daily lives of these intelligent creatures.

View the underwater world of the Amazon Basin from above the indoor environment tank. The zookeeper will talk about the intricacies of this rich ecosystem, sharing insights into the lives and husbandry practices of the various species. During a fish feed, learn about the behaviors, dietary preferences, and conservation efforts aimed to preserve its biodiversity. 

Observe these fascinating primates in a naturalized outdoor habitat while hearing about their intricate matriarchal social structures, unique behaviors, adaptability, and intelligence. Learn the importance of conservation efforts as most macaque species are endangered. Meet the staff on the overlook deck to observe a macaque enrichment opportunity and ask questions.

Go behind the scenes of an immersive tank exhibit replicating the vibrant underwater world of Wisconsin’s lakes. Amidst the gently swaying aquatic vegetation and rocky outcrops is a diverse array of fish species. Learn about the importance of preserving these delicate habitats and the role each species plays in maintaining the health of Wisconsin’s lakes. 

Questions? Call 608-257-3665 or email wvma@wvma.org.