The Veterinary team at AAZP includes one Veterinary Officer, Two Veterinary Assistant Surgeons (Deputation From TN Animal husbandry Department), One Lab assistant, and Two assistants. The Veterinary Team takes rounds every day in the Morning to all enclosures in the Zoo, to assess the health of Zoo animals, birds, reptiles and related issues like Hygiene. Depending on the severity of the sickness, the animals will be either isolated and shifted to in-patient ward or kept in the animal house for further care, monitoring and treatment. The major ailments among zoo animals were due to senility, infighting, digestive tract ailments. The fully equipped Zoo hospital with lab facilities is available at AAZP. Spacious Quarantine unit to accommodate newly acquired animals and sick animals suspected for contagious diseases is also available.
Veterinary Doctors formulate the Diet chart of zoo animals depending on the physiological and Climatic needs. Periodical feed enrichments, feed supplements and feed additives were prescribed to meet out dietary deficiency, if any. Veterinary Doctors inspect the feed for the Requisite Quality and Quantity, at the point of receipt and monitor the operation of Division of feeds fit for animal consumption, Enclosure wise.
Collaboration with Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS)
Periodical feed sample evaluation is done by Pharmaco vigilance laboratory for feed analysis and safety, Madhavaram.
Internees of UG course were trained in AAZP, for a week in Zoo animal Restraint, Handling and veterinary care. Around 260 students of Madras Veterinary college, Veterinary college and Reasearch Institutes of Namakkal, Orathanadu and Thirunelveli were trained in 2017-18.
20 Veterinary assistant surgeons of Wild animal Conflict prone Districts of Tamil Nadu, were trained in Necropsy techniques in wild animals, in collaboration with Department of Veterinary pathology in 2016-17.
1. Prophylactic Deworming of all mammals, birds and Reptiles were done every 3 month (April, July, October, January).
2. Lions, Royal Bengal Tigers, White Tigers , Leopards, and small felids were vaccinated against Feline panleucopenia, feline calcivirus, and feline rhinotracheitis virus and Rabies Virus on annual basis.
3. Triquin as prophylaxis is administered to all Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Wolf, jackal, hyaena and Wild dogs on Quarterly basis.
4. Wolf, Striped Hyaena, Jackal were vaccinated with Canine DHLPPi and rabies virus on annual basis.
5. The bovines which includes Gaurs and Nilgai were vaccinated against FMD, Black quarter and Haemorrhagic septicaemia.
6. Elephants were vaccinated against Hemorrhagic septicaemia Tetanus Toxoid and Anthrax.
7. Annual ring vaccination around the Zoo boundary Villages were done against, FMD,Black quarter, Haemorrhagic Septicaemia and Anthrax by state animal Husbandry Department before Northeast Monsoon.
8. Ectoprasiticidal (Deltamethrin, Cypermethrin) spraying and Animal house disinfection with Flame Gun in all carnivore enclosures on monthly basis.
Bird Flu Surveillance and Preventive Measures
Bird Flu Surveillance and preventive measures were carried in the month of November, December, January as National wide alert was received from Animal husbandry Department, GOI. Anti-viral disinfection of major species that are at risk of avian influenza were done enclosure wise, every week and surveillance report were sent to GOI.