Vet sedates tiger for microchipping and general health checkIn-house veterinary care

Due to the specialist nature of the work and with such a wide variety of animals it is essential to have the dedication of an on-site experienced veterinarian at the parks. Over the last six years there have been significant advances in both the facilities and standard of veterinary care available.

Veterinary staff work directly with the keepers in maintaining a programme of routine testing for the general health of the animals, preventative treatments such as worming and vaccinations, treating sick animals and moving animals when necessary - a process which may involve sedation. A large proportion of laboratory work such as parasitology and blood sample analysis is performed on site, which is not only cost-effective but also enables improved therapy and care for the animals. There is a strict practice and procedure for recording all work and maintaining up to date medical records for each animal.

Specialist veterinary facilities
Dedicated veterinary site facilities at both parks are a key factor in the evolution and development of veterinary services at the parks. In 2006 a new facility was constructed at Port Lympne. This is a modular unit housing all working facilities in one; office, drug storage, a laboratory and an operating theatre large enough to enable surgery on larger animals. The veterinary room at Howletts is smaller but equipment can be transported between the two parks and animals from Howletts may be transferred to the new unit at Port Lympne when necessary.