Zoo, Exotics and Wildlife (ZEW)
The purpose of the Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Club is to provide the students of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a structured opportunity to gain education and hands-on-experience with zoo animals, exotic pets, and wildlife above and beyond that covered in the curriculum through an organization dedicated to facilitating lectures, wet labs, and mentorship.
Principle activities, events, or programs:
Our activities include lectures, wet-labs, and case discussion at least once a month. In addition, we travel to various local zoos and exotic animal sanctuaries as well as conferences held by other exotic and wildlife organization and veterinary schools. We also lead two volunteer programs for veterinary students, the Raptor Rehabilitation Team in coordination with the Southeastern Raptor Center and the Turtle Rehabilitation team. For more information on what events are coming up, please visit the CVM Community calendar.
How this group’s activities benefit the profession, university, and community:
Our club aims to supplement the curriculum provided by the college and to help students network with fellow students and faculty. We span several professional organizations including the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). We strive to think globally and promote conservation and education on both a local and wider scale.
How to get involved with this group:
To become more involved with ZEW Club, make sure to contact one of our officers in person at our next meeting, by e-mail, or follow us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/ZEWClub.
President: Regis Burkhardt
Vice President: Maddison Rokosh
Secretary: Kelly Farmer
Treasurer: Paige Weldy
Raptor Team Coordinator: Whitney Walker
Turtle Team Coordinator: Winona Daniels
Website (ZEW Facebook page):