Oklahoma City Zoo Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital


The Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo offers visitors behind the scenes views of what it takes to keep animals healthy. The $9.2 million hospital is one of only a handful of zoos around the country that provides the public the opportunity to observe procedures ranging from preventative health exams to surgeries. The 2-story 20,000 SF facility includes a visitor gallery, surgical areas, pharmacy, radiology room, food-preparation area, labs, isolation rooms, necropsy room, and even a furnished apartment where staff or visiting veterinarians can stay overnight. From the gallery level, visitors are able to engage with interactive kiosks and observe the veterinarians and staff at work through large windows overlooking the Surgical Suite, Radiology Lab, and Treatment Room.

Animation video of the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital used by the OKC ZooFriends during fundraising.