Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Animal Health Center

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon officially opened the new Animal Health Center at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, April 12, 2022. The health center is the largest zoological medical center in New York state outside of the Bronx Zoo.

The new 20,000 square-foot facility provides world-class health care from prenatal to geriatric, to every animal at the zoo and expands the zoo’s role as a teaching hospital for Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s zoological medicine program. It also offers opportunities for zoo visitors to observe animal health care in action. Expansive windows offer views into treatment rooms, surgical suite, nursery/ICU, animal nutrition kitchen and research lab so visitors can experience the work that goes on behind the scenes for animal care and welfare at the zoo.

The new health center also meets and exceeds the standards for accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), whose 240 member institutions must demonstrate a commitment to animal care, guest education, wildlife conservation and preserving threatened and endangered species.


The Animal Health Center Houses a Special Feature: a Junior Veterinary Clinic

The “clinic,” created by the Friends of the Zoo and supported by the Herbert S. and Eleanore L. Howard Charitable Foundation, provides an imaginative play space for learners of all ages and abilities to engage in pretend animal care using toy medical tools and plush animals. Zoo guests are welcome to bring children to visit the Animal Health Center and play in the Junior Veterinary Clinic.

Thank You To Our Major Donors

Fred L. Emerson Foundation

Intensive Care Unit
Central New York Community Foundation’s William and Mary L. Thorpe Fund
The Billford Family Fund

Operating Room
The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation

Animal Health Center Lobby
Zalie & Bob Linn

Junior Veterinary Clinic
Herbert S. & Eleanore L. Howard Charitable Foundation

Laboratory and Research
M&T Bank

Aquatic Animal Quarantine
Triad Foundation, Inc.

Large Animal Quarantine
Robert and Vicki Lieberman

Junior Veterinary Clinic -
Diagnostic Station
National Grid

Food Prep Kitchen
Deborah and Dennis Trepanier

Necropsy Room
In Loving Memory of Barbara J. Coffey

Case Review Room
In Memory of Dr. Leslie N. Davis

Junior Veterinary Clinic – Surgery Station
Alfred Gough

Quarantine Treatment Room
In loving memory of Marjorie Kane from her daughter Maria

Viewing Monitors and Virtual Capability Cameras
In Honor of Mary Mathews

Veterinary Staff Breakroom
Holtz Family Fund

Sample Drop Off Room
Carol and Norbert Spiegel

Claudia and Howard Preston

Staff Training and Development Room
The Marsellus Family

Records Room
In Loving Memory of Laura Estabrook Holcombe

Graduate Student Office
Drs. Tod Leggat & Shannon Magari Leggat

Director of Veterinary Staff Office
Ellenrose Galgano

Veterinary Technician Office
Drs. Tod Leggat & Shannon Magari Leggat


Field Small Animal Anesthesia Machine
Maria Kane

Oxygen Holding Cage
Michael Sperling

Medical Books
VIP Structures, Inc.

Senior Residents Office
Peggy Ogden and Timothy Atseff

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