Vets in Action

Aspiring young vets can put their animal care skills to the test at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this February half-term with Vets in Action, a fascinating role-playing experience for children. 

During a fun-filled week of immersive activities from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February, kids can experience first-hand what it takes to be a vet at the UK’s largest Zoo. Upon arrival at the specially created Animal Hospital, budding vets will be placed at the heart of the action, learning how to examine, x-ray and perform treatments on different animals. 

Children will be able to watch the Zoo’s team of expert vets conduct a health-check on a replica lion and operate on a chimpanzee soft toy, to update its heart monitor. To fully experience the varied life of a Zoo vet, youngsters can practise their newly-learned skills by carrying out their own health checks on soft toy rabbits, guinea pigs and rats.

Alongside the exciting role-play activities, there will be lots of interesting talks covering the captivating world of animal medicine, and demonstrating how ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s team of vets ensure the Zoo’s 3,000 animals stay fit and healthy.

The animal hospital and all extra activities are included in the Zoo entry price and there's no need to book a slot in advance, simply turn up on the day.


The Vets in Action sessions will run every day during the February half term, Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February 2018, between 10.30am-12pm and 2.30-3.30pm. Follow the signs to the Butterfly House to find the Animal Hospital. 

Vets in Action is recommended for children aged 5 - 10 years old.