Zoological Medicine Society Symposium 2020


The Zoological Medicine Society (ZMS) at Colorado State University is proud to present our sixth annual symposium, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Colorado State chapter of ZMS is a student-driven organization that is dedicated to providing veterinary students with educational opportunities outside of the veterinary curriculum. We accomplish this through lectures and hands-on experiences involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in exotic pets, zoo animals, and wildlife. This event will be composed of morning lectures, afternoon wet labs, and an evening social dinner with students and local veterinarians working in fields. 

  • T-shirts will be available to attendees. Please arrive early to get your size.
  • There will be several raffles at this event!
  • ZMS merchandise will be on sale. Please bring money if you are interested in purchasing these materials.

Wet Lab options: Attendees have double the wet lab time available. Students can choose either a long wet lab or tour OR a paired lab option. 

HOW TO REGISTER: Please register for this entire event by choosing a single wet laboratory or tour option. Wet lab spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis! We are currently accepting Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards for payment of registration fees. 

IMPORTANT: If you are not a ZMS Member but wish to become one, you must pay membership dues to an officer prior to registering for this event. 
CSU STUDENTS: Please reach out to a ZMS officer to discuss membership payment options. *Participants must be current veterinary students*

PLEASE NOTE: This is a CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences event, therefore no pictures from the associated wet labs may be shared on social media!

Thank you to all of the participants coming to the event this year!


Fish Procedures

Dr. Tovar will lead students in performing various antemortem fish procedures, including anesthesia, skin scrapes, and fin clips. Fish will then be humanely euthanized, and students will perform post-mortem necropsies. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to perform histopathological examinations of sashimi samples during this laboratory. Please note: this is a terminal wet laboratory.
From $80.00

Denver Zoo: Avian Reproduction Talk and Tour

This tour will be led by Dr. Anneke Moresco at the Denver Zoo. Dr. Moresco will take students into the avian propagation facility and will discuss her work with theriogenology and avian breeding, incubation, and assisted reproductive technologies.
From $80.00

Rabbit Procedures and House Rabbit Society Tour

Students will carpool to Broomfield and receive a tour of the Colorado House Rabbit Society, a northern Colorado rabbit rescue.Students will practice rabbit handling, physical examinations, common medical problems, and phlebotomy techniques. Subsequently, students will return to CSU and practice rabbit spay/neuter and dental procedures on cadavers.
From $80.00

Video Lecture ONLY

We will offer video recordings of our morning lecture series. This will include the wildlife track lectures with Drs. Duncan and Castle, the exotics lectures with Drs. Klaphake and Johnston, and the two keynote lectures all in one package. If you choose this option, you can expect an email linking you to these videos in the Echo360 framework within two weeks following the event.

Two Labs: National Wildlife Research Center Tour and Turtle Shell Repair

Attendees will have the chance tour the National Wildlife Research Center and gain an understanding of their operating procedures. Subsequently, students will return to campus and participate in a hands-on turtle shell repair lab lead by Dr. Alexander. Many practical approaches will be discussed and practiced by participants.
From $80.00