Monday, January 28, 2008

Night School

Dedicated Iraqi veterinarians are beginning classes at midnight.

Veterinarians with the North Carolina Zoo and the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) are offering assistance through an Advanced Topics in Zoological Medicine course via a virtual link to veterinarians at the Baghdad Zoo. The course meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. (midnight in Baghdad).

Donors through the North Carolina Zoo Society began supporting the Baghdad Zoo with the 2003 coalition takeover of Iraq. NC Zoo Director Dr. David Jones has coordinated U.S. assistance to Baghdad Zoo ever since.

From NC Zoo media release: "The [veterinary course] effort was initiated by NC State alumnus and Army Major Dr. Scott Willens. With the assistance of the U.S. Army and the support of the N.C. Zoological Society, the necessary equipment was delivered and set up for use by the veterinarians at the Baghdad Zoo.

"In addition to being able to take courses at the CVM, the telecommunicating Iraqi veterinarians will also be able to connect directly to the N.C. Zoo [Hanes Veterinary] Hospital for consultations and advice from a staff of veterinarians experienced in zoological medicine."

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