An acknowledged expert on wild and exotic animal medicine has joined The University of Nottingham and will be sharing her time between the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) and Twycross Zoo.

An acknowledged expert on wild and exotic animal medicine has joined The University of Nottingham and will be sharing her time between the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) and Twycross Zoo.

Sharon Redrobe will help to develop zoological veterinary research and run clinical rotations at the zoo for final year vet students.

Sharon Redrobe will share her time between the University of Nottingham and Twycross zooMs Redrobe holds the RCVS diploma in zoo and wildlife medicine and the RCVS certificate in laboratory animal science. She has worked exclusively with exotic species for 16 years and has more than 70 journal and book publications. She holds an honorary senior lectureship at the University of Bristol and was head of veterinary services at Bristol Zoo Gardens for 10 years. She is also the veterinary advisor and a trustee of Ape Action Africa.

She said: “This is a very exciting development in the training of UK vet students. Zoo and exotic pet medicine is an important and expanding area of vet medicine. Every single vet student graduating from The University of Nottingham will have had training at one of the best zoos in the country. Twycross Zoo is to be commended for assisting with this exciting opportunity to train the next generation of vet students.”

As part of their final year of clinical rotations, each student will spend 2 weeks at the zoo working with the vets and keepers and learning about aspects of international conservation programmes, captive management, zoo vet care and get involved in diet analyses, training and enrichment of the animals.

Gary England, foundation dean of SVMS said: “I am personally delighted that we have been able to recruit Sharon Redrobe to the school … she will make a huge contribution to the research and teaching mission of the school at the University of Nottingham. Sharon is working closely with Twycross Zoo, one of our clinical associates and I know that this will strengthen our links with the zoo and ensure that our clinical veterinary students have an unrivalled clinical teaching experience.”

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