On the Job: Zoo Veterinarian

Suzan Murray talks about making house calls at the nation’s zoo

Dr. Murray operates on one of the Zoo’s gorillas. (Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

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What advice do you have for someone who wants to go into this field?
I have a lot of conversations with youngsters who want to be veterinarians, and what I tell them is to follow their passion and their interests. If a student is really interested in veterinarian medicine, he or she should stick with it. Every road has its twists and turns. Just keep aiming in your direction, correct when you're off course and don't take "no" for an answer. Keep going.

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