A session on care for orangutans and gorillas kicks off a conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians beginning Friday in Salt Lake City.
Other topics to be explored during the weeklong gathering range from sedating elephants, rhinos and giraffes to "exotic animal medicines."
An estimated 500 people are expected to attend the convention and spending associated with the event is likely to approach $500,000, according to a formula devised by the University of Utah's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.
For Utah's Hogle Zoo, which is hosting the convention, the gathering "is an opportunity to showcase everything we've been doing here over the years and how far we've advanced," said Nancy Carpenter, the zoo's associate director of animal health.
"This shows Hogle Zoo's commitment to playing a role on the national and international animal-health scene," she added, noting that the zoo also helped attract the larger Association of Zoo and Aquariums (2,000-plus delegates) to Salt Lake City in 2015.
Relationships formed in conferences are particularly important for zoo veterinarians, Carpenter said. "We see such diverse animals in our profession that if we get stumped on a case or an oddity we've got all sorts of colleagues we can call and they can call us, too."
A day at the zoo is part of the meeting, which concludes Oct. 4.