Press Release: 10/20/2012

Oakland Zoo Hosts Annual Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130

Oakland, CA October 20, 2012

Oakland Zoo will host approximately 600 zoo and wildlife veterinarians from around the world. Currently, more than ninety-five registered participants are from outside the United States, representing twenty-nine countries. The Annual Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians is in conjunction with the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and will be held at the Marriott Oakland City Center. The Oakland Zoo is honored to facilitate the AAZV’s 44th Annual Conference, as it is the premier educational and networking opportunity for professionals in the veterinary field.

"Since 2000, I have enjoyed attending this conference hosted by other zoos," said Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Associate Veterinarian at Oakland Zoo. "Now, I am extremely honored and excited that I will be able to show our US and international colleagues my "home" at the Oakland Zoo."

This continuing education convention will feature lectures and hands-on workshops taught by experts in the zoo and wildlife veterinary field. Twenty six and a half contact hours of continuing education and up to sixteen hours of wetlab/workshop continuing education will be offered throughout the conference.

On Tuesday, October 23, Oakland Zoo will hold an open house for its new 17,000 square foot Veterinary Hospital. "Our veterinary team here at Oakland Zoo is thrilled to host the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) conference, an international conference for zoo and wildlife veterinarians," said Dr. Joel Parrott, President & CEO of Oakland Zoo. This symposium is an opportunity for us to roll out the red carpet for hundreds of veterinary colleagues and showcase our new facility. The Oakland Zoo is a jewel of the San Francisco Bay Area and an institution that has raised the bar in animal care.

Other Highlights of the AAZV Convention Include:
• Icebreaker at the Aquarium of the Bay at the historic Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
• Visit to the Oakland Zoo, followed by reception, dinner and auction at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland
• Free admission to the San Francisco Zoo during conference week
• Annual Banquet and Awards Program
• Exhibit hall with the latest in equipment, nutrition, pharmaceuticals and more

About AAZV
The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians is the professional association for individuals and institutions who apply the principles of comparative veterinary medicine to zoo and wildlife species. We work in clinical zoo medical practices, diagnostic laboratories, reproductive and pathological laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and a wide range of governmental health and wildlife management agencies throughout the world. Our mission, as an advocate for the profession, is to improve the health care and promote the conservation of captive and free-ranging wildlife. For more information please go to


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.