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Posted: Friday, May 6, 2005 11:20 am | Updated: 9:52 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Three out-of-state veterinarians have reviewed how The Phoenix Zoo’s staff cares for animals and will release their findings next month, the zoo’s president and CEO said Thursday.

The three were brought in after members of a volunteer health committee raised concerns last year about how medical decisions were made at the zoo, Jeff Williamson said.

Some of the zoo’s curators and veterinarians have disagreed over the medical treatment of several animals, he said.

The committee members’ concerns were about whether it’s best to rely on everyday caregivers or health caregivers when treating animals, he said.

The veterinarians checked on the zoo’s facilities, interviewed employees and volunteers and audited specific cases.

The report, which will be released June 1, will say whether the zoo is keeping up with the best practices.

"After they finished we had exit interviews with them," Williams said. "It does not appear as if they think we have any systemic problems."

Williamson did not name the concerned committee members or the veterinarians.

The veterinarians are from the Disney Animal Kingdom in Florida; Zoo Atlanta in Georgia; and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.

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