Veterinarian adds skills to Minot zoo team

Submitted Photo Tara Reilly is the new veterinarian at Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot. In the photo she is checking a pelican’s wing while working toward her veterinary medicine degree.

Animal acupuncture is among the many animal care skills veterinarian Tara Reilly is adding to the team at Roosevelt Park Zoo is Minot.

Reilly completed her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in the spring with an emphasis in exotic animal medicine at Colorado State University. She went on to complete a Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation internship in Minnesota and most recently earned a certification in Animal Acupuncture. She has a special interest in progressive integrative therapies, physical therapy and rehabilitation and geriatric medicine.

Reilly is from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she gained her experience in ranch management. She is a horse trainer, horse riding instructor and a search and rescue K9 handler and trainer.

At Roosevelt Park Zoo she is a full-time veterinarian on zoo grounds.

“Her animal care knowledge in everything from nutrition to pain management to medicine to quality of life is a valuable asset to our zoo. Her commitment to leadership, teamwork and her passion for conservation and education is a valuable asset to our community,” according to zoo officials.


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