Fort Campbell veterinarians honing skills at Nashville Zoo

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 12:26 PM
Fort Campbell veterinarians honing skills at Nashville Zoo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At home in Fort Campbell, Army veterinarians mostly treat military working dogs and family pets. But once deployed, they could be called upon to treat just about anything.

In order to be ready for whatever is thrown at them, Fort Campbell veterinarians and techs are improving their skills by going on rounds Wednesdays at the Nashville Zoo. It's about an hour's drive from the base that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Capt. Eric Zuniga came up with the idea as a way to get his soldiers some clinical time they weren't able to get on post.

At the zoo they have worked with red river hogs and giraffes and performed surgery on a lizard. Zuniga said the experience has been invaluable.