Veterinary Hospital

Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital opened to a large receptive audience of donors, board members, politicians, volunteers, and community members on October 11, 2012.

(image courtesy of Noll & Tam Architects)

The Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital is the best and largest wild animal veterinary facility in Northern California- and probably one of the top ten in the country. It allows the Zoo to move into the next generation of care and conservation.” - Dr. Emanuelson, Director of Veterinary Services

The 17,000 square foot Veterinary Hospital was designed to accommodate all current and future animals at Oakland Zoo, from small birds to large camels and grizzly bears. At its center are animal treatment rooms, an area that serves as the hub of activity and care. It features radiology and surgical suites, a small laboratory, a pharmacy, and wide transportation docks.

Special Features for Animal Comfort, Effective Treatments, and Collaborative Research

The Animal Care Wing reflects the best in animal hospitalization and rehabilitation design. It was created with the care and comfort of the Zoo’s animals in mind and is situated in the quietest point in the building to allow animals to recuperate without any added environmental stress.

  • an aquatic room with a pool for animals like river otters
  • an aviary with flying space that is both covered and heated
  • a room with padded walls for hoof stock
  • climate-controlled rooms for reptiles

The Veterinary Hospital serves as a nucleus of research with a diagnostic lab that includes both a blood chemistry and CBC analyzer to provide critical patient information within minutes of sample collection. Digital radiographic imaging produces superior quality diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) with less radiation exposure. Diagnostics include new endoscopy equipment that expands the Zoo’s medical capabilities, while decreasing the invasiveness of sample collection and promoting faster recovery. In addition, a large laboratory facilitates collaborative research, fosters work with universities and furthers animal nutrition and pharmacology studies.

Education Opportunities

The education of our children is always of the utmost importance in any Zoo project, and the Veterinary Hospital is no different. It is designed with wide hallways and large, low windows offering views into treatment rooms, which will accommodate even the smallest of children touring the facility.

In partnership with the Koret Foundation, the Koret Wildlife Veterinary Teaching Program will allow the Zoo to bring veterinary students for regular training visits to gain hands-on clinical experience with wildlife cases. The potential impact and teaching value of this program will extend to universities and institutions throughout the region and enable Oakland Zoo to become a host site for continuing education.

Tours of the Veterinary Hospital are now open to the general public. Space is limited, and tours take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and 12pm. If you are interested in a tour of the Veterinary Hospital, please contact Chantal Burnett or call 510-632-9525 ext. 209 (Tuesday - Saturday) for reservations and tour prices, which vary from $10 - $25 per person.

Enhancing Conservation Partnerships and Activities Beyond the Zoo

Thanks to the scope of the Hospital, the Zoo is able to deepen its relationships and become a regional resource in the care of animals associated with our wildlife partners, including the California Condor Recovery Team and the Mountain Lion Initiative.

Responsible, Sustainable Design

The Veterinary Hospital is a green facility, and has been certified LEED Gold. The hospital’s design features extensive daylight from sky lights reducing the need for artificial lighting, and a 50-kilowatt roof-mounted solar system comprised of 154 solar panels (donated by SunPower Corporation). Architects incorporated recycled content including fly ash and steel, as well as renewable materials such as FSC wood, icynene insulation (castor oil), and bamboo throughout the facility. There is in-slab radiant heating for the animals, an electric vehicle charging station, and water runoff goes into bioswale for treatment. Even the courtyard pavers are water-permeable.

Important to the facility’s design was the inclusion of over 70 plants and 115 trees representing the countries of origin for our current animal collection as well as 15 species of grasses and plants native to California and the animals we look forward to exhibiting in the planned California Trail expansion.

Enhancing Conservation Partnerships and Activities Beyond the Zoo

Thanks to the scope of the Hospital, the Zoo is able to deepen its relationships and become a regional resource in the care of animals associated with our wildlife partners, including the California Condor Recovery Team and the Mountain Lion Initiative.

Special thanks to donors who helped us build and outfit the Veterinary Hospital


Foundations and Corporations
Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation
Lakeside Foundation
DMARLOU Foundation
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals
HEDCO Foundation
SunPower Corporation
Koret Foundation
Thomas J. Long Foundation
The Clorox Company Foundation
Abaxis
Fremont Bank Foundation
Individuals
Warren and Mary Brown
Neil, Diane, and Brian Goodhue
Linda Hart Huber
Eleanor B. Moore
Oakland Zoo Docents
Joel Parrott, DVM and Laura Becker, DVM
Reid and Amy Settlemier
George and Lorri Zimmer




Building Info

Architect: Noll & Tam Architects
Structural Engineer: Kenneth R. Hughes
Electrical Engineer: O’Mahoney & Myer
Mechanical and Planning Engineer: Richard A. Charles and Interface Engineering
Civil Engineer: Aliquot Associates, Inc.
Contractor: Alten Construction
Construction Manager: Howard Fuchs
Solar Energy: SunPower Corporation
LEED Certification: Swinerton Management & Consulting

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